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Private Lesson Recital Showcases Students' Musical Prowess
Posted 08/21/2014 11:04AM

The sweet and comforting sounds of music filled the halls of the Linda M. Lindenbaum Center for the Arts recently, as the music department presented its annual Private Lesson Recital.

The chorus and band/orchestra rooms radiated with musical joy as students—ranging from kindergarten all the way up to seniors—showed off their musical talents.
With performances inspired by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and "Yankee Doodle," the students paid homage to those musical legends who inspired them to embrace their love of music.
Students Jeanine Schneider, Adrienne Kim, Mariano Aguirre, and Chris Anderson were just a few of many who had the musical talent—and courage—to perform the piano, trumpet, cello, flute, classical guitar, etc. at the recital.
Private lesson teachers Rheva Kaplan, Natasha Schmemann, Amy Wright, Tiffany Herb, Yuichi Hirakawa, Patricia Billings, Susan Poliacik, Sarah Cion, Jacob Rhodebeck, and Susan Shumway were actively involved in the recital, and even participated with some of their students, playing the cello, flute, piano, violin, viola, clarinet, and percussion.
Guitar teacher Jane Getter emceed the band/orchestra room, while Judy Fletcher, the coordinator of the private music lessons program, emceed the chorus room.
According to Judy, for some of the students this was their first time performing, whereas for others, they have been studying for many years.
"I started the private lesson program to facilitate students' ability to enroll in private lessons. We do the recital to share with each other what we've done and to give a performance goal for the students' work," she says

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