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The Presser Foundation Funds Recording Studio at CMS

The Presser Foundation Funds Recording Studio at CMS

Allentown, PA (July 13, 2021) – Community Music School Lehigh Valley & Berks (CMS) is one of thirty-five Greater Philadelphia Area music organizations to receive nearly $2 million in recent capital support grants from The Presser Foundation. CMS and other music...

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CMS Welcomes Three New Board Members

CMS Welcomes Three New Board Members

Allentown, PA (June 28, 2021) – Community Music School (CMS) Lehigh Valley & Berks is pleased to announce the election of three new community leaders to its Board of Directors:  Safa Ashrafi, associate attorney with Gross McGinley, LLP; Gregory Kuhn, CEO of Omega...

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2021 Senior Spotlight:  Sabrina Collings, flute

2021 Senior Spotlight: Sabrina Collings, flute

CMS congratulates flute student Sabrina Collings on her recent graduation from Parkland High School.  Sabrina started playing flute in 4th grade because she thought it would be fun.  She studied with Elaine Martin here at CMS for six years and was also a member of our...

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CMS Student Performs in All-Eastern Virtual Concert

CMS Student Performs in All-Eastern Virtual Concert

Nicholas Brogle, clarinet student of John Schwartz, was accepted to participate in The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-East Band. Nicholas is a junior at Saucon Valley High School. To qualify to audition for this prestigious ensemble, students...

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2021 National Teacher Appreciation Week

2021 National Teacher Appreciation Week

Since 1984, the National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating children.  We thank all our dedicated teachers for keeping music education alive here at CMS during the pandemic. ...

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CMS Marks One Full Year of Online Lessons During Pandemic

CMS Marks One Full Year of Online Lessons During Pandemic

A Full Year of Online Lessons at CMS What a year! Today, Tuesday, March 16, marks exactly one year since we started online lessons at CMS. We applaud all our students who have embraced virtual lessons and continued their musical progress during these challenging...

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Carmen Flosdorf Selected as “Woman of Influence”

Carmen Flosdorf Selected as “Woman of Influence”

Community Music School congratulates Board of Directors President, Carmen Flosdorf, on being selected as a "Woman of Influence" by Lehigh Valley Business.  Carmen is Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer, Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company.  She has served...

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2020 Year-In-Review

2020 Year-In-Review

2020 was expected to be a break-out year for CMS, with a growing number of students, group classes, outreach programs, volunteer projects, and events. We thank everyone who helped to keep the music alive at CMS in 2020!

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Native Plant Garden Gold Award Project

Native Plant Garden Gold Award Project

Former CMS student and 2020 William Allen High School graduate, Sammi Ciommo, designed and installed the native plant garden at CMS. Sammi created the garden in 2019 as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.

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Faculty-Student Recital – Feb 28, 2021

Faculty-Student Recital – Feb 28, 2021

Sunday, February 28 2:00 - 3:30 PM CMS on YouTubeCMS students and faculty will perform a variety of classical and contemporary music in a virtual version of this special annual recital, which includes several collaborations and original compositions. Faculty members...

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Welcome Jonathan Leeds

Welcome Jonathan Leeds

Allentown, PA (December 2, 2020) – Community Music School (CMS) Lehigh Valley & Berks is pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Leeds of Allentown to its woodwind faculty.  Mr. Leeds specializes in teaching private lessons in clarinet and bass clarinet. Mr....

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CMS WELCOMES MATTHEW TUERK TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CMS WELCOMES MATTHEW TUERK TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Community Music School (CMS) Lehigh Valley & Berks is pleased to announce the election of Matthew Tuerk to the Board of Directors. Matt is a principal at Equitable Development LLC, a small consultancy providing business development guidance and Salesforce.com...

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CMS Virtual Monster Concert – A Spooky Success!

CMS Virtual Monster Concert – A Spooky Success!

This past Saturday, CMS students of all ages, many wearing Halloween costumes, performed a variety of classical and contemporary music in our virtual Monster Concert.  If you missed the live premiere, you can watch the full performance here: 2020 Monster Concert We...

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CMS Student Receives ASO Schadt Award

CMS Student Receives ASO Schadt Award

We commend CMS student Ceiran Magee for being selected by the Schadt String Scholarship Judging Panel of the Allentown Symphony. Ceiran will receive a scholarship towards the cost of continuing his music education this school year at CMS. Ceiran is a piano student of...

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2020 Swag Sale

2020 Swag Sale

Earlier this summer, we asked our students to submit imprint designs for a new series of CMS T-shirts, tote bags, and other items. Congratulations to Savannah Callahan, cello student of Chase Morrison, for designing the winning entry! Even during this time apart, our...

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Welcome to the New CMSLV.ORG

Welcome to the New CMSLV.ORG

CMS has partnered with Google Ad Grants Certified Partner, RankMonsters, to create this new website that is easier to navigate and optimized for mobile devices.  The new site launched on August 25, 2020 and will allow potential students to learn about our teachers,...

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Donor Wall Installed, Dedication to be Announced

Donor Wall Installed, Dedication to be Announced

While the CMS building has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken this opportunity to complete several improvement projects, including the installation of our new donor wall in the Judith Ruhe Diehl Entrance Hall.  We look forward to holding a...

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Good Luck to our 2020 High School Seniors!

Laura Baxter, Emmaus HS; flute student of Elaine Martin. Laura also studies piano, plays in the EHS Marching Band and Flute Ensemble. She loves being able to express herself through music and plans to study music education at Penn State University....

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Student Participates in LV Song Project

Student Participates in LV Song Project

Lehigh Valley Song Project, a community-based original song and music video initiative, brought together musicians and others from all sorts of backgrounds to record a song and video celebrating the freedoms that benefit everyone in our community. CMS student, Maanya...

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CMS Student Accepted to Charter Arts HS

CMS Student Accepted to Charter Arts HS

Ceiran M., violin student of Carolyn Gaul and piano student of Kathy Anthony, completed 8th grade at Arts Academy Charter Middle School this year and received two awards:  Instrumental:  Most Improved, and Academics in ELA (English/Language Arts): Outstanding. Ceiran...

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CMS Launches New Online Donor Platform

CMS Launches New Online Donor Platform

CMS has partnered with Kindful to bring our supporters an easier way to donate online.  Donors can create their own account to view their giving history, change their card on file, download a tax summary, and more.  Sign in to make a donation or update your donor...

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2020 Schermerhorn Award Winner Announced

2020 Schermerhorn Award Winner Announced

CMS is pleased to announce that this year’s Schermerhorn Fellowship has been awarded to one of our voice teachers, Julia Katherine Walsh.  This continuing education fellowship for CMS teachers was established by Eunice Schermerhorn in memory of her husband, George...

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Spring & Year-End Virtual Recitals

While the CMS building is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our students have continued lessons online with our talented faculty and presented two virtual recitals "live" on the CMS YouTube Channel. If you missed either recital, you can watch them anytime at...

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Happy Summer From CMS Staff & Faculty!

CMS Continues to Offer Online-Only Lessons During COVID-19 CMS students kicked off summer lessons online on Tuesday, June 9. While we all look forward to returning to the CMS building for in-person lessons as soon as possible, the safety of our students and staff is...

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Student Receives Donated Piano

Student Receives Donated Piano

We are happy to report that the family of CMS student, Eloise A., picked up this free upright Kohler & Campbell piano from Lisa Calandra of Nazareth in July.  Eloise is a piano student of Dr. David Saturen and a voice student of Julia Walsh.  It is great to see...

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Student Receives RMF Scholarship

Student Receives RMF Scholarship

Naomi W., violin student of Kate Uhler, received the Reading Musical Foundation’s Katherine N. Quartner & Rita Quartner Herman String Scholarship (Grades 4-6), Honorable Mention.  Naomi is a 4th grade student at Wyomissing Hills Elementary Center.

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Faculty-Student Recital Highlights 2020

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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CMS Announces 2019-20 Recital Schedule

More information Monster Concert Saturday, October 26 from 12:00 - 3:00 pmBarnes & Noble, Promenade Shops Holiday Recital Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 pmDorothy H. Baker Recital Hall at CMS Faculty-Student Recital Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 pmDorothy H. Baker Recital...

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Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall Dedicated (6/10/19)

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...

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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...

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