St. John’s School of the Arts to hold annual music and art show

The Saint John’s School of the Arts will hold its annual afternoon of music and art from 1-4 p.m. April 16 at Saint John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St. More than 50 students will share their musical and artistic talents with family and friends during the afternoon programs.

Student participants, ages 5 to adult, represent the school’s art, piano, instrumental, theater arts and voice departments. While this program is an annual event, this year’s event also is part of a year-long celebration honoring the school’s 20th anniversary.

“Some of our student performers have been enrolled in the school of the arts for many years, so it’s especially rewarding to witness the growth and maturity of students who have progressed into exceptional musicians and artists,”said Anne Keely, director. “We’re especially pleased to welcome the students of our newest instructor, Amy Peck, whose voice, violin and piano studios are almost full. Amy has brought enthusiasm and a standard of excellence to the school, and we look forward to seeing her students perform.”

The first recital begins at 1 p.m. with piano students of Pamela Hess and piano-oboe students of Carol Schwanger.

A presentation by theater arts students of Lea Frymire will be offered at 2 p.m. Also at 2 p.m., voice students of Sarah Decker will present a separate program. Piano students of Diane Havrilla; brass and woodwind students of Philip Herfort; and piano students of Lea Frymire will present a 3 p.m. program. Voice, piano and violin students of Peck also will give a program at 3 p.m. Musical selections will represent various genres, including classical, musical theater, ragtime, contemporary, jazz and more.

Graduating high school Leora Detrick has been a student at the School of the Arts for almost 15 years. She began as a dance student of Theresa Kendall at age 5 and later studied flute with Keely, and now is a voice student of Decker and piano student of Hess.

“Being at SOTA has been an important part of my life. I have really appreciated the staff, the instructor support and encouragement through the years,”Detrick said.

She recalled the excitement of her first recital at a young age, and how that excitement always increased each year.

“I was always glad to be part of something that was so positive, and my experience at SOTA gave me confidence in performing in front of an audience,”she added. “I am sad this will be my last recital, but all my years at SOTA have been wonderful and I’ll have memories to last a lifetime.”

Other graduating high school seniors participating in their last recital include Lora Boll, Elizabeth Bubb and Sierra Szuhaj. All are voice students of Decker.

A student art exhibition will be featured between 1-4 p.m. Artwork from students of instructor Jason Paulhamus will be on display in the lounge and will showcase a number of subject matters such as nature, landscapes and celebrity portraits, all done in a variety of mediums.

Paulhamus also offers a 5-week introduction to bonsai class several times each year, and several of his bonsai creations will be on display.

“We invite anyone who’s interested in supporting the local arts scene to come enjoy these student performances,”Keely said. “Guests are encouraged to attend one or all of the programs. It’s always an enjoyable afternoon.”

A reception with refreshments will be held during the afternoon. For more information, call 570-327-5575.