CMS News Notes 


 Women in Music Lecture-Recital Postponed Until Fall Due to COVID-19
 Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have postponed the 2020 Spring Season of our Free Brown Bag Lecture-Recital Series: Women in Music with CMS faculty members, Julia Katherine Walsh, soprano, and Dr. Tzu-Hwa Ho, piano.

Please check, events, lecture-recital for dates to be announced for this exciting 3-part series:
Women as Muses
featuring Richard Strauss's Mädchenblumen Lieder, Opus 22, &
Andre Previn's Three Dickinson Songs

Women as Performers
featuring songs that were calling cards for singers such as Joan Sutherland, Kathleen Battle, & Beverly Sills

Women as Composers
highlighting the works of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Gloria Coates, & Amy H.H. Beach.

This program is made possible with generous support from The Florence Y. Flach Music Fund.
The Campaign for CMS 
In June 2017, Community Music School announced its three-year "Campaign for CMS," with an ambitious $500,000 goal. The Campaign would seek $200,000 for the move to and improvements at our new building at 1544 Hamilton Street, $200,000 for scholarships, and $100,000 for endowment. We are delighted to report that, through April 15, 2020, we have raised a total of $505,579, and we've established a stretch goal for a total of $525,000 by June 30, 2020. Our Board Members have committed themselves to raise $10,000 of our stretch goal. Naming opportunities for teaching studios and other spaces are still available. Please give generously and help us successfully conclude the "Campaign for CMS" by June 30, 2020! Thank you! 
Leadership Circle
The Harry C. Trexler Trust
Joan Miller Moran
Shelley Geballe for Judith Ruhe Diehl
Kathleen Matthews
The Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation
The Century Fund
2017-2018 Board of Directors
Named Spaces
Judith Ruhe Diehl Entrance Hall
Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall
Named Studios 
In Memory of CMS Founder Martha Maletz
In Memory of Janie Holben
With Generous Support from C. F. Martin & Company
In Memory of Thomas G. Nader
In Memory of George Schermerhorn
In Memory of Irmgard Smits
In Honor of Missy & Sam Saxton 
Donor Wall to be Installed at CMS
Spring 2020
In appreciation of our Campaign for CMS supporters, our 2017-18 Board of Directors, and the 2017-18 Strategic Planning Task Force, headed by Board Member, Mary Hahn, a permanent donor recognition wall will be installed in the Judith Ruhe Diehl Entrance Hall at CMS in spring 2020. An official dedication of the wall and donor recognition event will be planned for Fall 2020 after the COVID-19 precautions have been lifted. 
CMS Music Lessons Go Online During COVID-19 
In accordance with the state mandate that all K-12 schools close through the end of the school year due to COVID-19, the CMS building will remain closed until the mandates are lifted. During this time, we will continue operating remotely, offering online lessons to current students, and accepting new students on a limited basis. 
Using the TeacherZone and Google Meet platforms, CMS made the transition to online-only lessons very quickly. We are thrilled to report that over 70% of our students and 100% of our faculty embraced the challenge of "going online." We applaud all our students who have embraced virtual lessons and want to continue their musical progress during these challenging times. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to provide additional financial aid to students whose families had their income reduced due to COVID-19-related layoffs.  

 “Freelance Classical Musicians are Performing Without a Net during Coronavirus Crisis”
“Freelance Classical Musicians are Performing Without a Net during Coronavirus Crisis” in The Morning Call featuring CMS teacher, Linda Kistler. 


"Concert cancellations related to the COVID-19 coronavirus are leaving scores of classical musicians with less work or no work in the coming weeks or longer. It is a devastating financial blow to a group of performing artists, who, in many cases, are already living hand-to-mouth.
Event cancellations are affecting performers in many fields, but are especially catastrophic to classical players who derive the bulk of their income from a mix of seasonal contracts and pickup gigs. The vast majority of this work is “pay for service” — that is, when musicians don’t play, they don’t get paid.
Violinist Linda Kistler, a regular performer with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, and other groups, estimates she’s already lost nearly 10% of her yearly income in canceled engagements.
“I’m so sad about the situation. I just can’t imagine not having the opportunity to get together with colleagues and make music — it’s just heartbreaking to me,” she says.
Like many freelance musicians, with the loss of performing jobs, Kistler now depends on income from her teaching responsibilities. She maintains a private teaching studio at her home and is on the faculty of Moravian College and Allentown’s Community Music School.
“Both CMS and Moravian have mandated that I can’t do face-to-face lessons with my students. With one of my CMS students I’ve recently tried a video conferencing app called Google Meet,” she says. “That worked OK, with limitations — it’s difficult to play together with someone where I can’t look over their shoulder to see their music.”
Kistler still has 4 or 5 students who come to her home. “That’s also very limited. I have to wipe down all the doorknobs and stuff in between lessons, make the students wash their hands before lessons, and try to stay six feet away,” she says. “But even then, I can’t see their music.”
Kistler still practices her usual exercises to remain musically in shape, and still practices for gigs that have a high probability of being canceled. “There’s nothing else to practice for, so I think I’ll be getting out the unaccompanied Bach partitas and playing those for my own enjoyment,” she says.
While some musicians are considering other means of temporary employment to make up for lost income, Kistler hasn’t considered anything else — yet.
“My husband says we should use the opportunity to get the house cleaned once and for all,” she jokes and notes that there are some positive aspects of video instruction. “A local friend of mine is having bandoneon lessons on Skype from an instructor in Argentina, which is kind of interesting,” she says.
But like so many musicians, what Kistler misses the most right now is the social interaction. “I still have my teaching, which is meaningful to me, but that other part – the social aspect of getting together musically with friends — is no longer there.” 


CMS is proud to be able to keep our teachers working and our students learning with online lessons through TeacherZone and Google Meet.  
CMS Offering Online Video Lessons During COVID-19 Precautions
updated 3/26/20
CMS's first virtual lesson - Alexa with her teacher Joe Wagner  3/13/20
In accordance with the state mandate that all K-12 schools close through at least April 6, the CMS building will be closed from Monday, 3/16/20 through Monday, 4/6/20, but please check back for updates. During this time we will be operating remotely and offering online lessons to current students. We will accept new students on a limited basis.
All in-house classes, lessons, and events are suspended, 
including the Lecture-Recital on March 18, the Spring Recital on April 5, and the Annual Spring Brunch on April 25.
As planned, on Monday, March 16, CMS shifted operations to online-only lessons, fully leveraging the online learning platform in TeacherZone and Google Meet video chat.  
All group classes and ensembles, including Kindermusik, Big Band, Modern Band, & Kids Choir are cancelled. Refunds will be issued for cancelled group classes and ensembles. 
The administrative staff will be working from home and will be available during normal operating hours via phone and email. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at 610-435-7725 or 
Thank you for your patience as we work through ways to continue providing music lessons during this challenging time!

 CMS Annual Spring Brunch Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Precautions

Student News: PMEA Regional Awards
Congratulations to our outstanding high school students who qualified for PMEA Region V Band, Orchestra, and Chorus!

Meg Takahashi, Parkland HS (Senior),
Band, Flute (CMS student of Elaine Martin)

Nicholas Brogle, Saucon Valley HS,
Band & Orchestra, Clarinet (CMS student of John Schwartz)

Erica Harvey, Saucon Valley HS (Senior),
Band & Chorus, Clarinet (CMS student of John Schwartz)

Mitchell Hourt, Palmerton HS (Senior),
Band, Trombone (CMS student of Nick Conti).
Also, congratulations to Mitchell for earning the PMEA District 10 Band Scholarship! 
Building Improvements Continue at 1544 
Middle School students from the Allentown School District painted the large, colorful canvases here at CMS, and we are proud to exhibit them in our studio hallways. These students learned about music, art, theater, and dance at City Arts Camp in summer 2019. The four, one-week tuition-free City Arts camps were fully funded by a generous grant from the Harry C. Trexler Trust. City Arts Camp for middle school students is held each July in the Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall here at CMS. The Baum School teaching artist who worked with the students is Sean Delonas. Many of the canvases depict musicians from the Harlem Renaissance. Others depict animals playing musical instruments. 
Our native plant garden in the front lawn is expanding, thanks to Girl Scout and CMS family member, Sammi Ciommo. Sammi is installing and maintaining the garden as part of her Gold Award Project. The plants were donated by BB&T with assistance from Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery. Sammi also conducted an "ecobrick" building event. An ecobrick is a strong plastic bottle filled completely with clean dry plastic to a certain density. It helps us utilize our resources with minimal waste processing and keeps plastic out of the environment. These bricks will be used to build a bench in the native plant garden at CMS. 
We completed another round of soundproofing improvements in December. R.L. Reppert installed several new soundproofing measures in Studios 1-11. They worked all week starting very early in the morning to make sure everything was cleaned up and ready for our students each day.
We also renovated the bathrooms adjacent to the Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall and completed the ambitious project just in time to host our back-to-back Holiday Recitals.

Thank you to our CMS Volunteers!
As a non-profit charity, CMS relies on the support of our donors and volunteers to make it possible for us to provide affordable music lessons to everyone in our diverse community. We want to give a shout out to our dedicated volunteers currently helping out on several on-going projects here at CMS:
Lauren (far left) and Sally (center) continue to tag-team on organizing our extensive library of donated music. Lauren a life-long flutist and is currently a pre-med student at Lehigh University, where she also sings in the choir. Sally is a retired music teacher from Salisbury School District and our “Marie Kondo” of sheet music. Thank you both for lending your amazing organizing skills in our library!
Ajai (far right) comes to CMS through The Arc of PA’s Discover Employment Transitions (ADEPT) program, which helps match students with disabilities for the workforce. Ajai attends the Parkland School District and comes to CMS on Monday mornings, where he waters the pianos, cares for the plants, refills the water and coffee supplies, and cleans up the Kids Room toys. He loves art and music, including playing the piano and singing Adele songs to the staff.  
CMS student volunteers help with the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at the Senator Browne Expo at PPL Center 8/19  Volunteer, Ken Tietjens, demonstrates the guitar at the Senior Expo at Country Meadows. Did you know... over 20% of CMS students are adults! 9/19
Three students spent nine weeks over the summer working at CMS through Via of the Lehigh Valley's Student Work Experience. They maintained the grounds, cleaned and painted the instrument storage room, and assembled more storage shelves. Now all our donated instruments are easily accessible for students. 

 Faculty-Student Recital
Over 30 students and teachers performed 1.5 hours of beautiful music in this special annual recital. Performances included The Big Band, Monday Modern Band, and faculty members Clifford Tracy, Dr. Tzu-Hwa Ho, Dr. David Saturen, Daniel Gonzalez, and Nicholas Conti. We also celebrated the debut performance of the newly donated vibraphone from Mrs. Helen Neubauer, which was recently refurbished by Tom Hourt. Tom is the father of student Mitchell Hourt, who was the first to perform on the instrument with The Big Band. 

 Welcome New Teachers & Staff!
Mikaela Wendel
Evening Administrative Associate 
Ms. Wendel is one of the friendly faces you will see in the evenings at the front desk. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music with a concentration in voice and a minor in music history from Kutztown University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Kutztown. 
 Sunny Murthy
Ms. Murthy holds a B.A. in Music Education from Indiana University and a M.B.A. from Lehigh University. She is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has extensive experience teaching and performing classical music. She is a member of the Moravian College Community Orchestra and performs locally at events. Ms. Murthy will be available for violin lessons at CMS on Tuesday evenings.
Joseph Wagner
guitar | bass guitar | ukulele | mandolin | composition | recording

M.M. Jazz Studies, University of the Arts, Philadelphia (May 2020); B.M. Music Composition, Moravian College; Experienced educator, K-12 substitute teacher, & private music instructor focused on improvisation, traditional jazz, and gypsy jazz styles; owner, Keystone Sound Design; freelance composer for museum exhibits, television, & film; inventive guitarist leading several jazz ensembles & performing throughout Eastern PA.
John Leiderman

Mr. Leiderman joined CMS in 2016 as a summer intern and City Arts Camp counselor (2016, 2017, 2018). He also substituted for long-time CMS trumpet teacher, Matthew Nieznay, during the fall semester. He is a 2014 graduate of Salisbury High School where he was active in marching band (trumpet, two years as drum major), concert band, chorus, and musical theater. He recently completed a dual major at West Chester University, graduating in May 2019 with a B.A. in Music Education and a B.A. in Musical Theater. While at WCU, he was active in marching band and the a cappella group High Street Harmonix. He has appeared in numerous musical theater performances around the Lehigh Valley and beyond. John Leiderman is available for trumpet lessons at CMS on Tuesday evenings. 
David Fahim

M.M. Jazz Studies, Temple University; B.M. Music Performance, Moravian College; accomplished jazz pianist, music educator, classical & jazz accompanist; performs Lehigh Valley & Greater Philadelphia Area with cover/wedding band, Peter Johann Band. 


 District Band, Orchestra, & Chorus

Congratulations to our outstanding high school students who qualified for Districts!

District 10 Band
Laura Baxter, Flute, Emmaus High School (CMS student of Elaine Martin)
Mitchell Hourt, Trombone, Palmerton Area High School (CMS student of Nicholas Conti)
Meg Takahashi, Flute, Parkland High School (CMS student of Elaine Martin)
Julie Sizer, Mallets, Salisbury High School (CMS piano student of Dr. David Saturen)
Nicholas Brogle, Clarinet, Saucon Valley High School (CMS student of John Schwartz)
Erica Harvey, Clarinet, Saucon Valley High School (CMS student of John Schwartz)

District 10 Orchestra
Meg Takahashi, Flute, Parkland High School (CMS student of Elaine Martin)
Nicholas Brogle, Clarinet, Saucon Valley High School (CMS student of John Schwartz)

District 10 Chorus
Erica Harvey, Soprano 1, Saucon Valley High School (CMS clarinet student of John Schwartz)


Newcomer Academy Winter Concert at CMS 

The Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall was rockin’ in December as over 100 students from ASD’s Newcomer Academy performed their Winter Concert. Newcomer supports students who are new arrivals to Allentown and who have minimal English language skills. CMS teacher, Daniel Gonzalez, led six weeks of drum circle classes for grades K-6, which culminated in a walking field trip to CMS to perform for fellow students and their families. The program was funded by the Allentown School District Foundation.  12/20/19 

Holiday Recital at CMS 

 Congratulations on a great performance by 55 of our talented students and teachers at the Dec 15 Holiday Recital! Performing in front of a live audience is an important part of the Community Music School experience and is key to developing well-rounded musicians.

We hope you enjoy these video highlights of the recitals. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season & happy new year!

2:00 pm Recital Highlights:
4:00 pm Recital Highlights:


Newcomer Academy Visits CMS 

Allentown School District's Newcomer Academy students visited CMS today for an exciting day of musical exploration. We definitely have some future drummers!  10/25/19

CMS Welcomes New Drum Teacher (Oct 2019)
Daniel Gonzalez
drums  |  Latin percussion

Monster Concert  10/26/19
Thank you to all our students, faculty, and staff who made this year’s Monster Concert a great success! Congratulations to our "Frightening Frappuccino Winner": Celina Abboud (piano student of Carole Houghton) with her winning concoction, “Frankenstein Time” Frappe, which featured whole milk, caramel creme, caramel sauce, & pumpkin syrup) and to our Costume Contest Winners: “Unicorn”, Raegan Hooper (Kids Choir), “Slappy”, Thibaut Zeltzman (drum student of Cliff Tracy), and “Witch”, Sophie Matute (Kids Choir). Thank you to CMS Board President, Larry Johnson, for judging! We also thank John J. Zeiner & Sons for donating the delivery and use of the grand piano and our volunteer from LCTI, Eric Carpio, for taking photos.  

Lots of Fun at the 2019
Open House & Halloween Parade 10/13/19 
CMS is Univest & IronPigs "Double Play" Recipient 8/21/19 
Univest supported CMS with a $2,500 donation through their Lehigh Valley IronPigs Double Plays Pay Program. Receiving the check is CMS Director Jeff Reed (center) with FeFe, Phil Jackson (Univest), Mitchell Hourt (CMS student), and Larry Johnson (CMS Board President). Several CMS students and parents also got to attend the game, compliments of Univest. 

CMS Announces 2019-20 Recital Schedule
Monster Concert
Saturday, October 26 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, Promenade Shops
Holiday Recital
Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 pm
Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall at CMS
Faculty-Student Recital
Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 pm
Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall at CMS
Spring Recital
Sunday, April 5 at 2:00 pm
Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall at CMS
Year-End Recital
Sunday, May 31 at 2:00 pm
Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall at CMS
Gala Recital & Scholarship Awards
Sunday, June 7 at 2:00 pm
 Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall at CMS
August 2020, Plaza Tropical
 CMS Welcomes Two New Teachers (7/1/19) 
Joseph Mixon
guitar | bass guitar | ukulele | piano | voice 
Chase Morrison
cello | composition | conducting 

Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall Dedicated (6/10/19)  Dorothy Baker Jeff Reed Larry Johnson  CMS Modern Band Dorothy Baker  David Saturen CMSLV Dorothy Baker 
CMS is pleased to announce that the recital hall located at CMS, 1544 Hamilton Street, Allentown, will be known in perpetuity as the Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall. The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation has been a long-time supporter of quality music education programming at CMS since the non-profit’s founding in 1981. Their focus on supporting arts and culture, youth, education, and social service initiatives speaks of their being a key supporter of the new CMS Modern Band program. This free after-school program engages middle school students with music fundamentals in a fun, group environment using popular music, such as rock, and hip-hop. 
A private dedication was held on June 10, 2019, with longtime CMS supporter and honorary CMS board member Dorothy Baker cutting the ceremonial ribbon with CMS Director, Jeff Reed, and CMS Board President, Larry Johnson. Trustees of the Baker Foundation and members of the CMS Board of Directors were treated to a performance of Imagine Dragons' “Believer” by the CMS Modern Band, directed by Kate Uhler, and a piano performance by senior CMS faculty member, Dr. David Saturen. 

CMS Gala Scholarship Recipients 2019
CMS founding director Martha Maletz passes away at age 96 (03/26/2019) 
Martha Maletz CMS  David Saturen CMS Martha Maletz 
In the fall of 1981, Martha Maletz, a determined visionary, and four other remarkable women founded CMS. Martha Maletz passed away at the age of 96 in late March 2019. Two months before her death, current Director, Jeff Reed, was fortunate to be able to give Martha a tour of the wonderful new home of CMS. She was clearly moved to see and experience, in her words, “what has become of my baby!” Martha had provided in her will for a significant gift to CMS to be used to establish the Martha L. Maletz Scholarship Fund to assist students based on both their talent and need. In addition, several generations of her family have given generously to name the largest studio at CMS in her memory. Studio 12 will now be named “The Founder’s Studio” in memory of Martha.
BB&T Lighthouse Project 5/30/19
BB&T, now Truist, supported CMS through the BB&T Lighthouse Project, which provides BB&T associates with an opportunity to make a difference in their communities. With the help of CMS board member Carmen Folsdorf, BB&T purchased and assembled eight bookshelves, a desk, and chair for the CMS Music Library. The 12 BB&T employee volunteers also trimmed shrubs, pulled weeds, spread mulch, and planted new plants, all purchased by BB&T. 
Lona Farr David Voellinger
The Press: CMS Plays a New Tune at Allentown's Former Lehigh Valley Club (1/2/19)

The Morning Call: A New Home for CMS (10/18/18)
Community Music School leaving Allentown Arts District (1/19/18)
50-plus years: Allentown Symphony musicians...John Schwartz Jr. (9/18/15)
Reading Eagle: CMS Expansion in Reading (8/9/15)
Community Music School Announces Expansion to Berks County (8/3/15)
Phantoms Charities Makes Donation to CMS of the Lehigh Valley (7/2/15)
Professor David Livert Joins Community Music School Board (5/18/15)
PICTURES: Community Music School recital at Miller Symphony Hall

4/10/15 - Discover magic at Community Music School (4/19/15)
Community Music School 'Holiday Recital' in The PRESS (1/5/15)

Former CMS Director George R. Schermerhorn Passes Away (12/8/14)
Community Music School in Allentown offers piano master class (3/1/14)
CMS provides education and financial help for those who want to learn (12/7/13)
National Guild form Arts Education: ADVOCACY: EMBRACING A CAUSE!