Community Music School March e-newsletter
Student Faculty Recital Video Highlights
We thank everyone who attended our annual Faculty-Student Recital on February 25. Over 20 CMS students and faculty members performed a variety of classical, jazz, and contemporary pieces, including our Silver Winds Flute Choir and Dixieland Jazz Band. We hope you enjoy these musical highlights! Great job, everyone!
We thank volunteer photographer, Gabrielle Rhoads, and volunteer videographer, Josh Van Doren for capturing these performance highlights!

Students/Parents: For access to the private CMS photo and video gallery, please send an email to
Join CMS at the 2018 Young at Art Expo
CMS Alumna Performs in Cancer Benefit
"You Will Be Found: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship"
Saturday April 14, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Allentown
Cedar Crest & Tilghman Streets
Please join us for this all new and original interactive presentation of song and story geared toward cancer survivors and those who love them. "You Will Be Found: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship" explores the powerful lessons of cancer survivorship. Each lesson is beautifully underscored with songs in the style of Josh Groban, performed by Dr. Rick Boulay and Vinny Travato . This year Carolyn Boulay , a recent graduate of Community Music School and current student in NYU's Classical Voice and Opera program.

Don't miss this wonderfully healing and deeply moving program. Your $25 donation will support local and national cancer related charities. A $40 donation will include an autographed copy of Dr Boulay's previously recorded CD's: "Hope", "Peace", or "Love" or new CD of original music "Close to Home".  For tickets: or call (610) 966-3466
Allentown Arts Commission Announces Artist in Residence Program
Calling all Allentown Artists! The Allentown Arts Commission has announced a public artist call for its Artist-in-Residence program to artistically engage the community by fostering inclusiveness and celebrating diversity. Genres can include visual, music, theater, dance, literary and digital. Apply by March 26 for projects to be completed by the end of the year.

Save the Date: CMS Brunch is April 29, 2018
Community Music School Lehigh Valley & Berks is on the MOVE & we invite you to celebrate with us! Enjoy an afternoon of fine buffet dining at Lehigh Country Club, musical performances by Community Music School students & faculty - featuring our new CMS Dixieland Jazz Band - & an exciting silent auction, all while supporting our next generation of musicians.

Look for your personal invitation in the mail!
Community Music School
Brunch Committee 
Linda Gardner, Chair
Laura Kramer
Lisa Hopstock, Assistant Director
Lawrence Johnson
Regina Luciano
Julie Macomb
Kayla Mjaatvedt
Kat O’Connor
Jeff Reed, Director
Dail Richie
Mary Warfel
Valerie Zeltzman
Contact 2018 Brunch Chair,  Linda Gardner or Assistant Director,  Lisa Hopstock, or call the CMS main office at 610-435-7725.
Mark Your Calendar for the next CMS Recital!
All CMS student recitals are FREE & open to the public! Mark your calendar & come out to support our young musicians & enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music!

Sunday, April 8 at 3pm
Rodale Room, 3rd Floor of Miller Symphony Hall

Sunday, June 3 at 3pm 
The WCR Center for the Arts, Reading

Sunday, June 10 at 2pm
Rodale Room, 3rd Floor of Miller Symphony Hall

Sunday, June 10 at 4pm
Rodale Room, 3rd Floor of Miller Symphony Hall
Certificate of Musical Achievement in Piano Evaluation Date Announced for May 6, 2018
In 2017, CMS piloted a Certificate of Musical Achievement Program in Piano, under the direction of Dr. Holly Roadfeldt & with financial support from the George R. Schermerhorn Family Fund. Students of all levels showed their yearly progress by performing two pieces (3-15 minutes) & technical studies for a panel of judges, who provided encouraging comments about their pieces & their technique. The CMS CMA curriculum is designed with levels 1-12 to strengthen motivation and a provide a sense of accomplishment in students’ music studies. This year's piano evaluations will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018, and the deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Gala Auditions Scheduled for May 19
Each spring, CMS teachers recommend a limited number of high-performing students for an audition before an independent panel of judges, who evaluate their musical performance using predetermined criteria. Students with the highest scores are invited to perform in the year-end GALA recital, and may receive merit-based scholarships toward continued study at CMS. Students should discuss this opportunity with their teacher. Teachers must submit applications to the office by Tuesday, May 1. Click here for more information...
Local Businesses Supporting CMS
For every new client who files their taxes with H&R Block or Block Advisors, $20 will be donated to Community Music School. Find an office near you at or
A Natural Alternative donated 5% of their monthly sales to Community Music School for the month of February. Thank you! Shop online at
Community Music School Charity Wish List
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CMS Faculty Projects
CMS Faculty Member, Dr. Holly Roadfeldt performs on new album by Mara Gibson
"Dr. Roadfeldt’s recording of Mara Gibson's Conundrums can be heard on Sky-Born, a CD released by PARMA Recordings November 2017. Her performance was noted by the Winnipeg Free Press (“performed with conviction”), the Italian press Kathodic (“performing timbres of daring virtuosity”) and Spain’s Sonograma, which reminded readers that she was “known perfectly by her seductive preludes project” (Dr. Roadfeldt’s Solo CD)"
The Power of Story Project
Sharing a moment when the arts touched your life has great power. With each story, we strengthen arts advocacy! Add your personal story to this collection of stories compiled by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council from the Lehigh Valley community. By preserving these experiences, we are building a library of impact in support of the arts. You might even recognize a familiar CMS face!

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?
Volunteer at CMS
  • Annual Brunch Committee 
  • Board of Directors
  • Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
  • Recital Hospitality 
  • Photo & Video Recording 
  • Office Special Projects

CMS participates in Berks VNA Festival of Trees
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"A Musical Christmas" Tree in Reading
In December, CMS joined with other Reading Musical Foundation affiliates to create "A Musical Christmas" tree for the Berks VNA's Festival of Trees fundraiser at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Reading. The tree featured handmade music-themed ornaments and gift certificates for member organizations' holiday concerts, and sold at silent auction for $701. Great job to all who had a hand in creating this beautiful tree!
Thank You to All Our Supporters!
Weather-related Lesson Cancellations
Since most lessons are in the afternoon/evening, CMS does not always follow weather-related closures of area school districts. If the Director cancels lessons for safety reasons or inclement weather, it will be posted on,, our Facebook page, and voicemail at 610-435-7725.

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Our mission is to successfully provide the inspiration & opportunity for anyone in our diverse community to achieve excellence in music education & appreciate the transformative power of music.