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2006-2007 Senior Project Update
Three 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.
Charlie 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 Beatle’s 1969 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 through our web site.
All three students have worked very hard and 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 loud.

The Orff Instruments (and the concert bell that SFOM donated in 2006) were featured in this years Spring Concert. .