Community Happenings

To submit your community happenings announcement for consideration, please email details to [email protected] Please send information at least two weeks in advance of the event.


Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concerts

The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will present its annual Candlelight Christmas concert series, a central Pennsylvania tradition, on Dec. 15, 16, and 17, 2017.  See the Christmas Press release 2017-18 for more information!

The performances, sponsored in part by University Music Service in Hershey, are on Friday, Dec. 15 at The High Center, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at Church of the Brethren in Elizabethtown, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17, at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, 4:00 p.m. Please note, Church of the Brethren is a new location for the Chorale’s Elizabethtown performance.  A pre-concert recital by guest artist Elizabeth Asmus, harpist, will be presented 15 minutes prior to each performance.

Tickets are available through the Chorale’s Web site,, or by calling the Messiah College box office, (717) 691-6036. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door for adults, and $5 for students. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.


East Coast Band Conference

Join us at the 7th annual East Coast Band Conference (ECBC) on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  Starting at 9 am, hear historical band themed lectures and discussions such as the Robert Hoe band collection, playing march and dance music the Vandercook/Revelli way, and life and music of Paul Vranitsky (Paul Wranitzsky).  A unique rare treat, the ECBC also provides an open rehearsal featuring Carl Ziehrer’s Galop – Flirt, Isaak Dunayevsky’s Sports March-Song, and never played pieces by Philip Teperov.  Make sure to bring your instruments!  ECBC is free to the public at:
Ringgold Band Hall
3539-A Freemont Street
Laureldale, PA 19605. 

Check out our Facebook page or contact Joshua Long at [email protected] for more details.


NYO Jazz Summer Program for instrumentalists age 16-19

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) is proud to announce the launch of NYO Jazz, a four-week intensive summer program designed to nurture and showcase the talents of exceptional young American jazz instrumentalists (ages 16-19), beginning in the summer of 2018. The NYO Jazz program is free for all participants, including room and board, and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities. Applications will be accepted beginning on September 12, 2017. Repertoire for auditions will be available in the fall.


GRAMMY Camp Jazz Tour

Students who are selected will:
-Attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards
-Participate in the 2018 GRAMMY Jazz Tour in New York.
-Obtain eligibility for more than $2 million in scholarships from College Partners.

This program will take place January 23-29, 2018 and the GRAMMY Museum Foundation will provide all lodging, meals, and ground transportation while in New York.

GRAMMY Camp Jazz Tour Application

Please contact our project manager Julie Mutnansky with any questions. Thank you again for providing a platform for the next generation of jazz musicians.


American Young Voices

Attention Philadelphia Choral/General Music Educators: American Young Voices is excited to announce that our program is expanding to your area! Our culminating concert will be on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at the Liacouras Center at Temple University! Last week, we had nearly 15,000 students sing in our concerts in NJ, NY, MA, and VA, and now we’re expanding to the City of Brotherly Love! We support you as a music teacher to give your students an amazing performing opportunity, and together, we make music education matter on a massive scale!

Registration is open now!


  “Singing Equality Across America”

Given the social and political climate in America World Unity, Inc.’s campaign, “Singing Equality across America,” is needed now more than ever!  Two years ago we sponsored a national songwriting contest inviting singers songwriters across the country to write a song to help individuals become more self-aware and overcome their prejudices and biases. The winning song, “We All See the Stars,” by John Ciambriello was performed at the United Nations Sept. 26, 2015.  It was first performed in Massachusetts by 100 students from the Plymouth public schools and the South Shore Conservatory in a fundraising Concert for the African Children’s Choir.

We’re reaching out to the directors of Music and Fine Arts in school districts across the country to invites them to introduce our song to the teachers in all their schools. Imagine if all the students in your community, your state and the nation heard this song what could happen? 

 Video of song: This video is of 100 students performing the song in a concert at the Plymouth North HS April 2015. 

Register for a copy of the music sheet at:

Please consider:  While we are offering this free to everyone if you believe more children and communities across this nation needs to be exposed to this song we hope you’ll consider offering whatever donation you’d like to empower us to reach out to school districts, charters schools, colleges, universities, institutions and organization across the country.  No one right now is looking for a song to help us overcome our prejudices and biases  We’re offering this powerful song to help our nation and world value all people. Whatever donation you’d like to make is appreciated.  Thanks for your consideration.  You can just donate here.