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from the Executive Director . . . It’s that crazy time of the year that we all love and hate. School is getting out and we are excited for family time. The weather is beautiful - everything is blooming and everyone is sneezing. We always look forward to summer and the change of pace as we add summer camps to our offerings. Many of our private instructors add in some fun, unexpected pieces to their lessons by exploring different styles of music. Summer is also a great time to pick up a new instrument as there are less distractions. Between private lessons and summer camps, we offer all ages a “Unique Summer Experience.” We were all saddened this spring to hear that Bluemont was coming to an end. They have had such a positive impact on our community for over four decades. We were then humbled and honored with the privilege of picking up the concert series and continuing the tradition. The arts are important to the fabric of our community as they enhance our quality of life. We invite everyone to come enjoy an evening on the lawn. If you’re interested in becoming involved, there are lots of opportunities to volunteer. Cheers!
Sam Board of Directors Sam Yoder, Executive Director* Jennifer Puffenbarger, President Debbie Eisele, Past President Lachelle Yoder, Program Director* Aimee O’Grady, Communications Oﬃcer Lynda Bruni James Cornwell *co-founders 1
Advisory Board Larry Finkel Scott Gookin Danica Low Tabatha Mitchell Robert Pace Nick Spyros Cyndi Romero, former Executive Director* Marc Romero*
Rick Davis, GMU Dean of Visual & Performing Arts & Exec Dir Hylton Center Guy Hinkler, Fund Raising Bill Reeder, former GMU Dean of Arts Heather Stintson, Former Warrenton Dir, Economic Development The Honorable Jill Vogel, State Senator
Arts 2 Life
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by Aimee O’Grady
And The Band Plays On Summer on the Green Concert Series
Friends of Allegro
AYO - Thomas Cummins Cultivates the Next Generation of Musicians
by Aimee O’Grady
Eli Thomas - Allegro Strings Instructor by Lachelle Yoder
Allegro Youth Orchestras at Castleton Festivals
Summer On The Green
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And The Band Plays On By Aimée O’Grady Just last month, Allegro Community School of the Arts made the decision to take the torch of the Warrenton concert series that had been carried by Bluemont for over forty years. Allegro was quick to say yes when the Warrenton Town Manager approached co-founders, Sam and Lachelle Yoder, to continue the music series for the town. The Yoders recognized that the concerts not only align themselves with the Allegro mission, but they also help weave our community together more tightly. The newly branded Summer on the Green Concert Series will showcase popular music weekly from July 7 through August 18. Residents and tourists will be invited to our historic Old Town with blankets and beach chairs to enjoy an evening outdoors. Having art events, such as concerts, helps to build the cultural capital in a community. Cultural capital being the social assets that help bond a community and can promote social mobility. These bonds can act as a unifying force that weave a community together more tightly. For Marie Washington, a native of Fauquier County and practicing attorney in Warrenton, the concerts are a cherished part of her childhood, “My parents always took me to the concerts. It was joyous occasion to be on the courthouse lawn with the street blocked off. It was fun to be outside with family and friends with a picnic setting. With our busy lives, it is nice to be able to wind down and enjoy being with loved ones and enjoying the arts. I always get excited when I get the calendar for the summer, so I can make sure I book my schedule around the concerts I want to attend.” A 20th Frenchman by the name of Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) helped to develop the concept of cultural capital. Bourdieu’s concept explains that sharing similar forms of cultural capital with others, such as music, will create a sense of a collective identity and group position (“people like us”).
Studies have been conducted on the ability of cultural capital to help sustain a community. Considered a more grass-roots effort to sustainability, cultural sustainability engages artists and cultural organizations in the development and revitalization efforts in communities. Community cultural development is a tool that empowers, encourages public participation, and promotes a sense of place among residents. It has also been found that a child with even a minimal art education will perform better academically. It is the intention of Allegro, to help build upon Warrenton’s existing cultural community to solidify the sense of place for our residents. “I like to think of the arts as a kind of metaphorical campfire or hearth -- a place where people gather tofind light, warmth, and companionship. Around the campfire you tell tall tales, share your deepest fears and also your greatest joys, and keep the scary darkness at bay. You might even roast a marshmallow or two. Writ large, that is what a community does for its members, so when we say that the arts create community, we’re talking about fulfilling those basic human needs in very positive and personal ways,” says Rick Davis, Dean, George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Today, with people being less engaged and feeling increasingly disconnected from their neighbors and their communities, the simple act of sitting together to enjoy local talent, will help bridge these disconnected feelings and attitudes and re-engage residents. Lee Owsley, owner of Latitudes Fair Trade on Main Street in Warrenton, agrees that the concerts help define our place, “[The concerts are] one of those community events that define what it is to live in a small rural town that also appreciates the importance of the arts. It’s a place for people to gather to socialize around ‘the important things of life’. Our town is richer and more cohesive for events such as these.”
Through the Summer on the Green Concert Series, we hope to create this sense of place for residents and empower the citizens of the county to take ownership in their community. We recognize that there is more to community sustainability that scheduling community concerts, but we grateful to have the opportunity to provide this is one piece of the larger puzzle. A big part of that puzzle that Director of Community Development Brandie Schaeffer shared is “the Arts mean Big Business,” citing recent studies including the Arts & Economic Prosperity report that puts to rest a misconception that a community’support of arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.
Writ large, that is what a community does for its members, so when we say that the arts create community, we’re talking about fulfilling those basic human needs in very positive and personal ways, Rick Davis
Beginning with one of the area’s most popular bands, Silver Tones Swing Band, our Summer on the Green Concert Series will launch on July 7th at the Warren Green on Culpeper Street in Warrenton. We welcome sponsorships for the Summer on the Green concerts. If your business would like to sponsor an event, please contact Lachelle Yoder, Allegro Co-founder, at lachelle@ allegrocsa.org.
Family time activities 6:30-7:15pm Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5/each, $4 for Friends of Allegro and Senior Adults (65 and over). $2 for children under 12. July 14 is FREE admission for Warrenton Makes Music Day, Eva Walker Parks Snacks and beverages will be available to purchase.
As a child, my parents always took me to the concerts. It was a joyous occasion to be on the courthouse lawn with the street blocked off. It was fun to be outside with family and friends with a picnic setting.
Allegro Youth Orchestra Cultivates the Next Generation of Musicians By Aimée O’Grady In fifth grade, Tommy Cummins needed to select an instrument as part of the standard curriculum at Warrenton Middle School. At his older brother’s eighth grade graduation he watched the orchestra perform conducted by Scott Tester. The music made an immediate impression on Tommy, as did the conductor; “Mr. Tester seemed like a cool guy,” he recalls. After the graduation, he was leaning towards the cello, but his parents discouraged it due to its size and the struggles Tommy would have bringing it back and forth on the bus. He then turned his attention to the viola. Slightly larger than a violin, it would be easier to transport. Allegro Instructor and long-time Fauquier County teacher, Scott Tester, leads the youth orchestra. Mr. Tester was the Warrenton Middle School Orchestra Director when Tommy was a student there and told him about Allegro. Tommy has been a member of the Allegro Youth Orchestra since the fall of 2016. “I enjoy the music we play at Allegro and being with my friends from Middle School. We didn’t all move into the same high school together, so the Allegro Orchestra allows me to stay in touch with them,” says Tommy. In addition to music, Tommy runs track. His events are the 2 mile and 1 mile, which he has finished in 10 minutes and 19 seconds and 4 minutes and 48 seconds, respectively. In the fall he runs cross country where he completes the 5K distance race in 17 minutes and 11 seconds. He is also in the top decile of his class, takes Advanced Placement classes, and will graduate with nearly a 4.1 grade point average this year. Tommy has spent the last two summers volunteering as a counselor at the Fauquier Strings Camp, a week-long camp for students in 6 th -9 th grades scheduled
each June. It was this experience that made him realize that he is well-suited for a career in teaching. In the fall he will attend Virginia Tech to major in Music Education with plans to return to the area and teach in one of the Middle or High schools. “While it would be cool to have music performance as a side job, I just don’t think it’s a practical option for my primary career,” he continues. “While it definitely works for some people, I feel as though my strengths lie in general musical knowledge and my ability to teach music, as opposed to just viola performance. Also, I would love to stay in Fauquier County or some surrounding areas, and with a career as a performer it would be nearly impossible to do that. With teaching as a profession, I am provided with a more secure job and less chance of having to move all over the country. Even though the pay for being a teacher isn’t stellar, I am confident that I can make a living by doing side-jobs such as teaching private lessons,” he explains.
Tommy and three of his friends make up the Snow Hill Quartet that performs at weddings. He also fills one of only four minor seats on the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. “Playing with professionals is very challenging. I have to practice a lot to even come close to playing the pieces well,” he says. To Tommy, music evokes emotion. He loves to hear the accompanying music of movie soundtracks, “they set the mood for scenes, without music, movies wouldn’t be the same,” he concludes. “Music is a way to express emotion without being over-dramatic. That is why I love it so much. I am generally not a very outspoken person, so it works well for me. When an ensemble performs, it’s as if they are sending a subtle message to the audience about their thoughts (as a whole). This becomes a lot easier in solo music, because one person is allowed to be as expressive as they want, and they don’t necessarily have to be flat-out dancing on the stage to show that they enjoy playing the piece. All it really takes is listening from the audience.” He continues. A well-rounded and model student, Tommy has taken advantage of the music education that Fauquier Public schools have afforded him, filled gaps in those offerings with Allegro, and has taken advantage of the minor seats with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, all of which has benefitted his athleticism and advanced academics. Role models like Scott Tester are invaluable to cultivating the next generation of orchestra performers. With an authentic and likeable spirit, he engages his
students and encourages them to reach their fullest potential. Mr. Tester has created an environment at Allegro where students remain playing beside friends made years earlier, creating a symbiotic team. A cohesive unit that performs seamlessly and balances one and others’ strengths and weaknesses. It is in environments such as these, where future music educators are molded and can hone their gift of music.
Left page - Tommy running track Above - Tommy shown with Scott Tester at outside the Castleton Festival Left - Tommy playing with the Allegro Youth Orchestra
Allegro Strings Instructor by Lachelle Yoder Growing up in Southern California, Eli (one half of an indentical set of twins), began studying violin at the age of 6. “We got to pick the instrument we wanted to play. My dad had a lot of celtic CDs and I liked the sound of the violin. My great-grandpa was a celtic fiddler in Nova Scotia, a it just fit,” Eli said. Back in California he remembers the teacher who had a huge impact on his playing. “I was 13 and in youth orchestra. I wasn’t serious at all. She was frustrated one day and asked why we weren’t better. Being 13 I responded - because I’m not practicing!” He laughs as he recalls the story. “Because I responded, I’m the one who got yelled at! So I started practicing three hours every day. She became my favorite teacher.” In high school he spent three weeks at a intensive camp for Chamber music. “That’s where I really learned what being a musician meant. When I first got there I couldn’t keep up.”
He and wife Emily met in college where she was one of the music department’s accompanists. Emily majored in music therapy and is board certified. She serves as Allegro’s music therapist. They are expecting their first baby beginning of June. They live outside of Winchester in a working barn. “Yeah, it’s pretty cool. Our apartment used to be three horse stalls. “The owner lives upstairs and there are horses on the other side of the barn from us!” Besides a twin brother, Eli has an older brother, two older sisters, and a younger sister. He and Emily are available for performances and are also accepting new students. He loves to be outdoors and hiking. He also loves to back artisean breads, sour dough being his favorite.
Eli attended Shennandoah University, graduating with a Masters in Violin Performance. He didn’t start teaching until his senior year because he didn’t want to be a bad teacher to students! “I love being able to see a student when things click for them. When they have worked hard and it finally works,” he explained when asked his favorite part of being a teacher. “Violin is the closest instrument to the human voice, so we take our inspriation from the voice.” A standard exercise he teaches as his students is two minutes of a nice, long tone - no stopping. “Time and the arm will work it out and start making that beautiful tone.” The other thing he focuses on with his students is being a listener. “No one learns to listen so they don’t develop the musical ear.”
Click on the picture of Eli and Emily to hear a performance.
Bach Strings Orchestra
Mr Tester greets all his private students and orchestra members with “Bonjour mes amis!! Jouons de la musique!” Hello my friends! Let’s play music! What a beautiful evening of music everyone enjoyed on Sunday by the Allegro Youth Orchestras.
Beethoven Symphonic Orchestra
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In the May 2018 issue, we invite you to learn about our Allegro Youth Orchestra and the Summer on the Green Concert Series.