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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Community Music School ensemble performs during annual CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Community Music School ensemble performs during annual "Holiday Recital," Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

CMS students perform original work

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by The Press in Focus

In one of the largest recitals of the year for Community Music School (CMS), 75 students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels performed in the annual "Holiday Recital" Dec. 7, a free concert, on the main stage, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

There were several firsts for the school at the recital.

CMS introduced the Student Advisory Board members and its President, Alexandra Gallagher (Kutztown Area School District), welcomed the audience and shared information about the student board.

Vocal student, Laurie O'Neill (Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts), performed her original piece, "Falling Back," with instructor Ian Holmes.

CMS student, Michael Gallagher (East Penn), who plays several instruments, premiered his piece, "Michael's Christmas Medley."

Students performed in a small ensemble, which included parts for violin (Stephen Wroge and Kristie Budihardjo, both Parkland School District), viola (Kira Butz, Allentown School District), trumpet (Joseph Hall, Whitehall-Coplay School District), alto saxophone (Vikram Pandian, Parkland School District) and flute (Jolitza Nunez, Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts), conducted by Michael Gallagher.

CMS, founded in 1981, is a non-profit, community organization which serves more than 1,000 students in the greater Lehigh Valley each year, providing private and group instruction as well as outreach programming in area schools.

CMS provides more than $65,000 annually in financial aid and scholarships to students.