Connecting our Community Through the Arts

Music Makers

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Music Makers was created in collaboration between Destination ARTS! and the Cumberland Valley School of Music. The space will provide a unique location for music forums, workshops, classes, jam sessions, and live performances in Waynesboro, PA.

Check out our individual Classes and Workshops as well as recurring activities and clubs. 

Classes and Workshops

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Suzuki Strings is a fantastic way for students to supplement individual lessons with an ensemble experience. Students should be learning the Suzuki Book 1 songs and will play the songs by ear each session. Every other Saturday, Feb. 11-May 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Click here to register or for more information.

Guitar Class for Beginners – $68 for 5 sessionsguitar-teacher-student

The perfect class for beginning level players. Instruction will include tuning, 1st position melody playing, chords, rhythms, strumming, and ensemble playing. Bring your own guitar – preferably acoustic. For ages 12 and older. Tuesdays, March 7-April 4, 6:15-7 p.m.

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Musical Make It and Continue to Fake It  – $10 for 3 sessionssax2-1261.jpg

Conquer your fear of improvising music! This session is for the musician who wants to
learn beginning improvisation skills. All instruments, all ages, and all styles (rock, jazz, etc.) are welcome. Need to have a least a middle school level of playing experience and a working knowledge of the musical alphabet for your instrument. Saturdays on March 4, 18; and April 1 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

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Marlin Barnes, a percussionist and Civil War enthusiast, will present a program with demonstrations on the role of the drum in the armies during the U.S. Civil War. Saturday, March 25 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Please call 717-655-2915 for more information or to register or email artsalliancegw@gmail.com.

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The contemporary choir is open to singers of all skill levels, age 14 and up. Musical selections will include a cappella, multi-cultural, and popular genres. Rehearsals will take place on Thursday, March 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27; and May 4, 11, and 18 from 7-8 p.m. at Music Makers.

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Hollywood 101

Get training and advice from a working Hollywood actor, Barry Ratcliffe, BR1.pngbest known for his role of Don Foushee on the hit TV series “Outsiders”. Other notable characters include city councilman Jason Tyler on the Lifetime drama “Army Wives”, and the cowardly lion on the 2012 Starz miniseries “The Witches of Oz”. He will talk about pursuing an acting career, the audition process, as well as entertaining stories on the business. Saturday, April 22 from 2-4 p.m.

Please call 717-655-2915 for more information or to register or email artsalliancegw@gmail.com.

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Learn the basic fundamentals of healthy singing and techniques specific to contemporary styles of music, such as rock, pop, jazz, and indie. Breath control, posture, diction, phrasing, interpretation will be emphasized. Not only will you hear about these techniques, you will have an opportunity to try them by singing with the group – and individually if you are brave! Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Recurring activities

Live Music Friday

Every Friday evening from 5:30-8 p.m., Destination ARTS! hosts a free performance of the region’s most talented musicians at 46 West Main Street in Wednesday. Every week brings a new variety of musical genres – from piano rock, acoustic folk, jazz, and bluegrass. Check out the calendar to see who’s performing.

Songwriters Forum

Area musicians wishing to develop their songwriting skills meet on the first Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Music Makers to share the results of their writing exercises. Contact Jonathan Ingels at jkingels@gmail.com for more information.

Open Mic & Jam Session Nights

Every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m., area artists are invited to participate in an Open Mic or Jam Session at Music Makers. Those not inclined to perform are welcome to observe and support the musicians. All musical styles are welcome and a sound system and electric stage piano will be provided. The sessions are free and will alternate weekly, with the jam sessions being led by Joel Newman and the open mics facilitated by Brad Munn.

Community Book Club

Join our Community Book Club on the first Sunday of each month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to discuss popular literature at Gallery 50/Music Makers. No dues are required and all community members are welcome! It is up to all book club members to acquire their own books and have read them before the meeting.

  • March 5 – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • April 2 – Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • May 7 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • June 4 – Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • July 2 – My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • August 6 – The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Artists Connection

Join the Artists’ Connection on the second Monday of every month for their next meeting. The group is open to all artists and those passionate about the arts. The meeting serves as an opportunity to share ideas, discuss art and the newest techniques you have learned, mentor younger artists, and generally inspire one another. There are no cost or dues – just a way for artists to connect! To express interest or to learn more, contact Marjorie Tressler at 717-762-6791or at marjorietressler@comcast.net.

Writers Forum

Writers of all genres are welcome to join the monthly Writer’s Forum on the first Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m. at 32 West Main Street. Participants will share share contributions that usually pertain to a selected subject. After the initial ‘round and round’ contributors can share works on other subjects – be it prose, memoirs, or story-telling. Visitors are welcome as well as ideas for future meetings. For information on how to join the group, please contact Jerry Kowallis at 717-352-8059 or gk6684@netscape.net.

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