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Guitarist Martha Masters To Perform With Loudoun Students

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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:20 pm

Famed guitarist Martha Masters will perform in concert alongside Loudoun County student guitarists at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Heritage High School in Leesburg.

At the end of Masters’ program, a guitar orchestra made up of LCPS students and teachers will perform the world premiere of  “Cascade” by Omid Zoufonoun. “Cascade” was commissioned by the Guitar Foundation of America to honor four pioneers in guitar education.

The performance will be in honor of Glen McCarthy and conducted by Miroslav Loncar. Loncar teaches guitar and the multicultural performance group, World View, at Park View High School.

Masters has received critical acclaim as a solo recitalist, as a chamber musician with Duo Erato and as a soloist with orchestras. Recent concert seasons have included performances in England, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Germany, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and numerous American cities.

The free concert will be presented in part by the Augustine Foundation, the Guitar Foundation of America and Loudoun County Public Schools.

The performance will be dedicated to the memory of former Loudoun schools' Music Supervisor Jim Harmon.

Harmon, 58, died Feb. 4 of cancer. He served as Loudoun schools' music supervisor from 2000 to 2012 when he retired to focus on his health. Remarkable growth in the school district's music programs occurred under his leadership, including the addition of an orchestra program that now serves more than 2,300 students. During his tenure, the guitar program expanded both in numbers of students and in quality to become recognized as a model for guitar education across the country.

Known for his friendly personality, humor, love of music and singing voice, Harmon was a passionate supporter of the arts in education at the local, state and national levels.

Prior to coming to LCPS, he served as the choral director of Winchester’s Handley High School starting in 1986. He also was a member of the Frederick County School Board.

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  • javierrodriquez posted at 6:41 am on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

    javierrodriquez Posts: 2

    Great news, I have no idea about this concert until i read your blog, it will surely generate lots of inspiration for youngsters.

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  • LoudounPatriot posted at 5:21 pm on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    LoudounPatriot Posts: 90

    Unfortunately, with the LCPS budget under constant attack by the BOS, talented educators such as Jim Harmon will be harder to come by in Loudoun. He was a great teacher and educational leader.

    I hope that both the Board of Supervisors and the Board of Education notices the level of musical talent that is being developed in Loudoun's public school students by all the dedicated teachers in this school system. Or will they honor Jim Harmon by eliminating his position as Music Supervisor, not doubt citing a need to cut costs?