CMS Newsletter


Summer 2016

23 N. Sixth Street ∙ Allentown, PA 18101

Providing quality music instruction for all!

Congratulations to our Gala Performers & Scholarship Recipients! From the Director

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Summer Session - June 20 to August 25 with private lessons at Downtown Allentown & Reading locations

Summer Strings I & II with Shane Barker Strings I - Mondays - 6:00 - 6:45pm Strings II - Mondays - 6:45 - 7:30 pm

Summer Rock & Jam with Tom Shugar Tuesdays 10 am - 4 pm (June 28-Aug 23)

Summer Acoustic Jam with Tom Shugar Tuesdays 5-8 pm (June 28 - Aug 23)

Kids Chorus with Kate Uhler Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm

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CMS Calendar

July 1-5 - Independence Day Holiday Office Closed, No Lessons

PHOTOS (clockwise): Dr. Holly Roadfeldt (piano) comes forward to accept her award; Julia Young (piano); Jeff Reed & Mualla Ulas (piano); Carolyn Boulay (soprano); Nicholas Rode (saxophone); Abigail Manwiller (soprano) with Linda Ebersole (piano);CMS Rising Star recipients with Jeff Reed Jeremy Budihardjo, Aidan Arakkal, Nicole Powers, Julie Sizer, Isabel Torres-Hernandez, & Julia Young.

July 8, 15, 22, 29 - Office Closed

August 8 @ 2:30pm - Musikfest Performance @Plaza Tropical August 25 - Last Day of Summer Session August 26 - September 6 - No Lessons September 5 - Labor Day Holiday

Office Closed, No Lessons

September 7 - First Day of 2016-17 School Year September 19 - Board of Directors Meeting October 29 - Monster Concert Barnes & Noble, Promenade

November 21 - Board of Directors Meeting November 23 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closed, No Lessons December 3 - Allentown Holiday Recital

Miller Symphony Hall

December TBA - Reading Holiday Recital


December 20 - January 2 - Winter Break Office Closed, No Lessons

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Liam Murray, piano On June 12, the 27 highest scoring students, who auditioned in May, performed in our 2016 Gala Recital before a full crowd in the Rodale Room at Miller Symphony Hall. For a complete list of performers, please see "Gala Auditions & Recital" under the "Programs" tab at CMSLV.ORG. Of the students who performed, the following received merit scholarship awards for continued music study at CMS: Isaiah Albert-Stein, piano CMS Ovations Scholarship

Aidan Arakkal, piano

CMS Rising Star Scholarship

Jacob Brown, saxophone Jerome & Martha Markowitz Scholarship

Jeremy Budihardjo, piano CMS Rising Star Scholarship

Talitha Harry, piano

CMS Ovations Scholarship

Valmiki Kothare, piano Joseph Maletz Scholarship

CMS Great Expectations Scholarship

Nicole Powers, mezzo-soprano CMS Rising Star Scholarship

Nicholas Rode, saxophone Muriel I. Frank Scholarship

Julie Sizer, piano

CMS Rising Star Scholarship

Isabel Torres-Hernandez, piano CMS Rising Star Scholarship

Mualla Ulas, piano

CMS Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship

Chloe Wilcox, violin

Schadt String Scholarship

Stephen Wroge, violin Schadt String Scholarship

Julia Young, piano & trumpet CMS Rising Star Scholarship and Jerome & Martha Markowitz Scholarship

Thank you to our 2016 Gala Judges: Barry Holben, VP Sales at Allen Organ Company; Nathan Eckhart, CFO, Martin Guitar; and Catherine DeBoeser, member of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

Congratulations to our high school senior Gala performers, Carolyn Boulay and Abigail Manwiller, who are both continuing their music studies at college in the fall - Carolyn at New York University, and Abigail at DeSales University. The family of former CMS Director, George R. Schermerhorn continues to support development of our faculty. This year's Schermerhorn Family Fund Award was presented to piano teacher, Dr. Holly Roadfeldt. She will create a Certificate of Musical Achievement Pilot Program to provide participating students additional motivation and a sense of accomplishment in their music studies. The pilot will focus on piano, with plans to communicate with other CMS teachers to expand to other instrumental areas in the future (strings, brass, winds, and voice).

Our 2015-2016 school year proved to be exciting and successful in so many ways. We welcomed many new and continuing students and faculty in both Reading and the Lehigh Valley. We launched our innovative Modern Band after-school program in Allentown public and charter schools. We also launched a new CMS website, an electronic newsletter platform, and expanded our financial aid program. We continued our popular Flutophone programs at several elementary schools, and hosted a very successful Spring Brunch fundraiser. Many generous donors, including individuals, businesses, and foundations continued their loyal support of CMS and our mission. We ended the year with impressive student recitals in Reading and Allentown, followed by an amazing Gala Recital with students from all locations. In short, CMS is as vibrant and dynamic as ever as we begin our 35th year in 20162017. I am very grateful for your charitable support that makes our good work possible. I look forward to another busy CMS summer season, including City Arts Camp (June 20-24), summer lessons (June 20 – August 25), and our student performances at Musikfest (August 8). As we end our year, two of our piano teachers, Ruth Maletz and Mary Schatkowski are retiring. I thank them for their many years of fine teaching at CMS, and I wish them well in retirement.

Jeff Reed

CMS Director

Downtown Allentown | West Allentown | Bethlehem | Center Valley | Reading Main Office 23 North Sixth Street Allentown, PA 18101 610-435-7725 fax 610-435-1411

[email protected]

Mayfair Festival of the Arts

On Saturday, May 28, CMS students showcased their talent in our annual Mayfair performance. They included Shriya Chitta (violin), Mia Ulas (piano), Liam Murray (piano), Anderson Zhang (violin), Jonathan Zhang (violin), Jocelyn Williamson (piano), Dr. David Livert (piano), Lissa Rojas (voice/ piano), and Fyodor D’Souza (voice/guitar) with assistance from CMS teacher, Dr. David Saturen.

Carolyn Boulay, voice student of Rebekah Graver, has been accepted into NYU Steinhardt’s classical voice and opera studies program. Michael Gallagher, piano student of Dr. David Saturen, was inducted in the Tri-M Music Honor Society on Feb. 18.

Krystal Hall, voice student of Rebekah Graver and piano student of Dr. David Saturen was the assistant stage director for the production of Evita at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. Shriya Chitta, violin student of Shane Barker Dr. David Livert, piano student of Dr. David Saturen

Reading Student Recital

Angel Nieves, voice student of Christine Mazari

CMS Student News

On Saturday, June 4, CMS Reading held a year-end recital at the Calvary UCC on Centre Ave. in Reading. Fourteen students performed, including Eduardo Alvarez (piano), Alexandra Amin (soprano), Saul Coronado (piano), Samuel Coronado (piano), Lynnette Degabriel (piano), Solmary Guerrero (piano), Saxtyn Lutz (violin), Abigail Manwiller (soprano), Dezahyni Melendez (piano), Angel Nieves (tenor), Kirsy Polonco (piano), Nicole Powers (mezzo-soprano), Genesis Salguero (piano), and Desiree Villarreal (piano).

Lisa Rojas, piano student of Dr. David Saturen & voice student of Rebekah Graver, was admitted to the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

Mia Ulas, piano student of Dr. David Saturn, played the piano for homeless women in Bethlehem in January. She also won first place for her poem “The Waters of Bosporus Lie in Childhood” in the Lehigh Valley Press Poetry Contest in April.

ASD Music Outreach

CMS continues to provide outreach programs in the Allentown School District, thanks to support of the Harry C. Trexler Trust and the Baker Foundation. This year, CMS and teachers, Cliff Tracy and Josh Klein brought the after-school Modern Band program (in partnership with Little Kids Rock) to McKinley Elementary and Roberto Clemente Charter School. Most recently, CMS teacher, Kate Uhler is leading the Page to Stage program at Casa Guadalupe for Harrison-Morton Middle School students, which integrates the Modern Band philosophy. Flutophone fun continues this summer with CMS teacher, Elaine Martin at Jefferson Elementary and the City Arts Camp. CMS teacher, Cliff Tracy, warms up on the ukulele

Students Saul and Samuel Coronado, and Desiree Villarreal with their piano teacher, Julia Gottschall

Solmary Guerrero, piano student of Christine Mazari

Allentown Student Recital

On Sunday, June 5, CMS students performed a year-end recital to a full house in the Rodale Room at Miller Symphony Hall. The 28 students who performed included Joshua Budihardjo (guitar), Sabrina Collings (flute), Abigail Dodd (violin), Moriah Ford (piano), Mikaela Garber (viNaomi Lawson performs "Summertime" with olin), Abbygail Gherasim (piano), her teacher, Dr. Richard Metzger Hannah Gherasim (piano), Gabriela Gordon (piano), Gia Gupta (flute), Charlie Hahn (guitar), Jenna John (piano), Harmony John (piano), Martin Khoury (piano), Josh Kim (alto saxophone), Harrison Lash (flute), Naomi Lawson (guitar), Trent Renelli (piano), Kayla Renelli (flute), Valerie Rolan (piano), Nate Stanley (trumpet), Vanbawi Uk (piano), Sarah Wakim (piano), Maya Zaruba (piano), Grace Zhang (piano), Anderson Zhang (violin), Jonathan Zhang (violin), Joshua Zul (piano). Several faculty members also accompanied students, including Elaine Martin, Dr. Richard Metzger, Rebekah Ruth, and Dr. David Saturen.

McKinley Elementary students perform together after school during Modern Band

This spring, CMS also partnered with the Allentown Symphony Association to provide Musical Instrument Petting Zoos at several elementary school festivals, including Promise Neighborhoods, Central Elementary, and McKinley Elementary.

Welcome John!

Nate Stanley, trumpet student of Matthew Nieznay

Harrison Lash, flute, performs with his teacher, Elaine Martin


to our supporters! $10,000 +

Anonymous Family Foundation The Century Fund

Harry C. Trexler Trust

Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation

Celebrating CMS!

2016 Spring Brunch fundraiser a success!

Despite the rain, Lehigh Country Club was abuzz on Sunday, May 1 for our annual Brunch & Silent Auction. The day included a lively silent auction, wine raffle, musical performances by CMS students and faculty - and even some dancing! Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Brunch and helped us raise over $33,000 to continue funding our mission of providing quality music education for all!

Bessie S. Graham Music Fund

The Presser Foundation

$5,000 +

Air Products Foundation Amaranth Foundation Anonymous Family Trust Baker Foundation Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation National Penn Bank / BB&T Raymond-Cryder Donor Advised Fund

Dr. Holly Roadfeldt performs on piano

Jeff Reed presents Honorary Chairs, Scott & Cathy Fainor with a painting donated by artist, Ann Schlegel

Ian Cunningham & Dr. Saturen perform

of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Trust

$5,000 +

Allen Organ, Inc. County of Lehigh Florence Y. Flach Music Fund Univest Bank Mrs. Jack Warsaw

High school seniors and longtime CMS students, Matthew Fainor & Carolyn Boulay perform

Lisa Hopstock, Nancy Bleam, & Joan Reyes show off their Sunday best in hats designed by Bleam

$1,000 +

Mr. & Mrs. Ross Born Mr. Robert J. Breslin Dr. Karen Bretz & Dr. George Kopchick Campbell, Rappold, & Yurasits, LLP Mr. Curtis Dretsch The Hon. & Mrs. James Knoll Gardner Ms. Sandra Goldstein Hospital Central Services, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Johnson Just Born, Inc. Mr. James Lampe C.F. Martin & Company Ms. Kathleen Matthews Phantoms Charities Mr. & Mrs. Vance E. Powers Reading Musical Foundation Rider-Pool Foundation Mr. Martin Spiro For a complete list of donors, please visit

CMS students, Samantha & Quinn, help students try out instruments at the Central Elementary Block Party

CMS is happy to welcome John Leiderman as our 2016 summer intern. A 2014 graduate of Salisbury High School, he is beginning his Junior year at West Chester University. He is a music education major, with a concentration in voice. He loves theatre and music, and he wants to spread his love for the arts to everyone around him!

Jeff Reed Director Lisa Hopstock Assistant to the Director Dolores Czarnecki Registrar Rebekah Graver Administrative Assistant Amy Erney Administrative Associate Laura Walz Administrative Associate

Faculty Kathleen Anthony piano | voice Shane Barker viola | violin James Craig keyboard | bass | guitar Kelly Crosslin violin Lou Czechowski piano Julia Gottschall piano Rebekah Graver piano | voice Rachel Hosterman piano Carole Houghton piano Linda Kistler violin Josh Klein bass | guitar | percussion Elaine Martin flute Jon Maury percussion Christine Mazari piano Dr. Richard Metzger guitar Matthew Nieznay trumpet Juan Palacios piano Dail Richie voice Dr. Holly Roadfeldt piano | theory Theresa Rodriguez voice Rebekah Ruth piano Dr. David Saturen piano | theory Kaylee Santanello cello John Schwartz clarinet | saxophone Thomas Shugar guitar Clifford Tracy saxophone | clarinet

flute | piano

violin | voice

Nicholas True trombone | brass Kathryn Uhler clarinet | guitar | piano Teacher Cliff Tracy & student Zev Gould perform on ukulele during the silent auction

Guests enjoyed bidding on over 100 amazing silent auction items

Board of Directors

The CMS Collective made a special appearance with members of our Impressions Jazz Ensemble during the featured performances

CMS parents, Scott & Kat Ciommo staff the "Sponsor a Student Board". Thank you to everyone who purchased a lesson for a deserving student!

In Memory of Judith Ruhe Diehl

We extend our sympathies to the family of Judith Ruhe Diehl, a former CMS Board President and long-time supporter of quality music education at CMS. Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to CMS in her memory.


President: Lawrence Johnson Vice-President: Kathleen Matthews Asst. Vice-President: James Warfel, Ed.D Treasurer: Michael Yeager Asst. Treasurer: Tom Fenstermacher Secretary: Kayla Mjaatvedt

Dr. Sharon Albert Robert J. Breslin Kyle David Linda Kay Gardner, M.Ed. Mary Hahn David Livert, Ph.D. Steven Markowitz Roberta Marcus Vance Powers Dail Richie Cathleen Stephen Honorary Board Member: Joan Moran

SAVE THE DATE! 2017 Brunch & Silent Auction April 30, 2017 at Lehigh Country Club

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Endowment Trustees Lawrence Johnson Vance Powers Steven Markowitz John Stanley, Esq.

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