Community Happenings

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The National Piano Foundation, in collaboration with NAfME, will be hosting a two day workshop, Keyboards in the Classroom, at NAfME headquarters in Reston, Virginia,  on July 15 & 16.

Keyboards in the Classroom is designed for the school music educator who wants to begin a program teaching beginning piano students in a group setting. The workshop will show teachers how students will become familiar with the digital keyboard and will learn to read notes and chord symbols. Participants will explore a wide variety of topics.



The Susquehanna Chorale is holding auditions for the 2017-2018 season!

Auditions for the Chorale, a chamber choir of 35 singers, will be held on Mondays, June 12 and 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 212 Cocoa Ave. in Hershey, by appointment.

For more information, see the Auditions 2017 press release.



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.




Tuscarora IU #11 is offering two opportunities for 30 hour Act 48 training this summer. Dr. James Latten of Juniata College will offer the following:

June 12-15: PERCUSSION REFRESHER COURSE FOR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATORS – to be taught at Huntingdon Area High School’s Band Room. This course, intended for non-percussionist music educators who teach percussion, will provide a review and extension of playing and demonstration abilities, ensemble skills, and pedagogical concepts in the area of concert and marching percussion. Brief private lessons will be included in each participant’s daily schedule, as well as percussion ensemble rehearsals, individual practice time, and lectures/master classes. Cost: $150.


July 10-13: TUNING AND INTONATION ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS FOR INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES – to be taught at the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit building, Rt. 522, McVeytown, Pa. This course will dig deep into the subject of instrument and ensemble intonation, curriculum design and educational materials in the area of intonation training, historical tuning standards, and physics of sound. Dozens of in-rehearsal activities to improve students’ and ensembles’ intonation will be discussed. Participants will be asked to bring at least one wind instrument on which they are competent, for the hands-on portion of the course activities. Cost: $150. In addition, class members should purchase and bring to class two texts: “A Guide to the Understanding and Correction of Intonation Problems” by Al Fabrizio (1994), and Robert Garofalo’s 1996 book ‘Improving Intonation in Band and Orchestra Performance.”

 To enroll in either course, contact
Connie Flaherty, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11: 
(814) 542-2501 Ext. 193
[email protected]



Susquehanna Chorale Announces Auditions for Children’s, Youth and Young Women’s Chorales

MECHANICSBURG – The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale, under the direction of Conductor Linda L. Tedford, invites interested children and youth to audition for its 2017-2018 Children’s, Youth and Young Women’s educational choirs.  Auditions will be held on Tuesdays May 30 and June 6, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church. Auditions are by appointment only
For more information, visit To schedule an audition, call or e-mail the Susquehanna Chorale at (717) 533-7859 or [email protected]


The 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference will take place at Rowan University June 710. This is a co-ed educational conference for all brass students. There will be concerts, clinics, competitions, and exhibits with top brass manufacturers. Please visit for more information.


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.