September 27th, 2011

The Cumberland Valley School of Music Community String Orchestra is currently accepting new members. Participation in the string orchestra is free of charge and open to all violin, viola, cello and string bass musicians who are comfortable playing in 3rd position (first violin to 5th).

Directed by Herm Hopple, the CVSM String Orchestra includes people from all walks of life and of all ages. The orchestra was created to allow busy people a chance to play challenging music, so the fall schedule calls for only four rehearsals and a concert. Rehearsals for the new orchestra are scheduled for Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., October 11, 18, 25 and November 1 in Thomson Alumnae Chapel, Wilson College. The concert will feature a diverse program and is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. at the same location. Participation in the orchestra and attendance at the concert are both free.

Conductor Herm Hopple holds a B.S. in Music Education from Susquehanna University and a Masters in Music Education from Penn State University. Mr. Hopple was string instructor and director of the Chambersburg Area School District Symphony for 30 years and taught for seven years in the Shamokin District prior to coming to Chambersburg. He has played upright bass with the Potomac Symphony, the Gettysburg College Community Orchestra and the Shippensburg College Community Orchestra. In addition, Herm is well-known for his work on electric and upright bass with the groups Four Easy Pieces and the CVSM Jazz Quartet. He also teaches bass at CVSM.

The Cumberland Valley School of Music is a non-profit member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, with nearly 600 students and 53 faculty members at locations in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Mercersburg, and Hagerstown. The school offers individual instruction on all orchestral and band instruments as well as voice, piano and guitar and offers a wide variety of classes, workshops, camps and ensembles for students of all ages, from toddlers to adults. More information is available by calling Cumberland Valley School of Music at (717) 261-1220 or online at


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