Shepaug Friends of Music
music opportunities for the youth of the Shepaug Valley Region.
2006-2007 Senior Project Update
Shepaug High School seniors are donating the proceeds of their senior
projects to the Shepaug Friends of Music.
Kristyn Prendergast of Sherman developed
a business plan to create and market her handmade jewelry. Kristyn
featured her jewelry throughout the school year in as display case in
the mall at the high school. She held several successful sales during
school concert events and she sold her jewelry out front of the
Bridgewater Village Store.
Van Kirk of Roxbury enlisted a number of graduates and students to
collaborate in recording a high quality CD of jazz standards. A large
audience attended his benefit concert held Saturday March 24, 2007 at
the Roxbury Congregational Church.
Joey Johanson recorded,
produced, and duplicated his own musical CD based on The
album Abbey Road. He professionally recorded eight of the seventeen
songs from Abbey Road, playing keyboards/piano on all tracks.
If you would like to purchase
Kristyn's jewelry or Charlie's CD or Joey's CD you may send a request
All three students have worked very hard
display a strong commitment to supporting musical enrichment in their
community. We wish these graduates all the best!
Second Annual Community Messiah Sing
Our Second Annual Community Messiah
Sing was held January 1, 2007 at the Roxbury Congregational Church.
Community members gathered to sing George Frideric Handel's Messiah
under the direction of conductor John Lafleur of New Milford. The event
featured a string quartet, piano, trumpet, four very talented vocal
soloists and a community chorus.
Thank you to Paul Healy and Didier
Malaquin, and the First National Bank of Litchfield for sponsoring this
very successful and uplifting event. We look forward to our third
Community Messiah Sing in January of 2008.
Shepaug Friends of Music donates Orff Instruments
Shepaug Friends of Music donated Orff Instruments to Shepaug Middle
School Chorus in September 2006. Carl Orff was an early twentieth
century composer who continues to hold a strong influence in music
education philosophy and practice today. He designed a set of pitched
percussion instruments which are easy to play. They are finely tuned
and are particularly effective in ensemble. The pitched bars are
movable which makes it especially easy to hit the right notes. These
instruments are useful in teaching music improvisation. Small groups of
students can improvise simultaneously and come up with attractive
sounding music quickly. These instruments are wonderful in
accompaniment of the young voices of a chorus because they are not too
The Orff Instruments (and the concert bell
that SFOM donated in 2006) were featured in this years Spring