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Celebrating with Music Day and Singing Our ABC’s

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 by Lisa Cadigan

On Saturday, April 7, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary and kicked off our annual ABC campaign with Music Day. The day was a huge success. At least 125 people attended a variety of events throughout the day. We are pleased to share some photos from the day here, and also to ask you to consider a $25 donation to celebrate our 25 years. Your contribution provides scholarship funds to children who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend an arts class or camp.

We will be collecting ABC donations through Friday, April 13, so please click here to donate online, mail or stop by 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, with your donation, and share this post with your friends and family on social media. It’s as easy as A-B-C.

Music Day was a fun-filled family day that began with a Music Together class, led by Event Co-chair Lisa Cadigan. Following that class, participants attended an instrument petting zoo, led by students from Gettysburg College’s Music Education program.

Gettysburg College Music Education student Liz DeVito teaches a Music Day attendee how to make a clear sound with the flute.
Photo by Lisa Cadigan

There were performances by local music students from the studios of Event Co-chair Adam Cordle, Duane Botterbusch, Tim Foster, Carrie Trax, and Natalie Raymond.

Voice Teacher Carrie Trax accompanies her student Hailey Brownley during the Community Studio Showcase.
Photo by Lisa Cadigan

Gettysburg College students also led participants in the music of the Balinese Gamelan.

Gettysburg College student Brittany Barry teaches a student how to play in the Gamelan.
Photo by J. Decker photography

Following the Gamelan, participants moved over to the dance studio, where they could borrow a ukulele (or bring their own) and play and sing along to popular songs like “You Are My Sunshine,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “Dust in the Wind” in a ukulele circle led by John Dufendach and Joyce Ettenger of the Cool Hand Ukes.

Ukulele Circle presenter John Dufendach of Cool Hand Ukes shows a student how to finger a chord on the ukulele.
Photo by J. Decker Photography

The day culminated with an “If Music Be the Food…” concert to support the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, featuring the GKS Trio (from the studio of Adam Cordle), Adam Paul Cordle (viola), and Pomona’s Trio.

GKS Trio opens the If Music Be the Food Concert at Music Day.
Photo by Ellen Cadigan

The purpose of the day was to engage community in a celebration of the ACAC that not only allowed attendees to hear great music, but invited them to make music as well.

Finally, a huge thanks to all of our sponsors, without whom this day would not have been possible:

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