Moderated by Mr. John Shoener
The Shenandoah Valley Music Department is proud to host the 49th Annual Schuylkill County Chorus Festival at the Shenandoah Valley High School Auditorium on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2 PM. All are welcome to attend this performance which will be guest conducted by Shenandoah Valley Alumni and former Boyertown Area High School Choir Director Mr. Daniel Kershetsky. Tickets are available at the door. Please call Mr. John Shoener, Music Teacher, at 570-462-1957 for more information.
In a year that was cut short by the pandemic corona virus, students especially seniors were deprived of the recognition that they deserved for accomplishments they achieved throughout their high school years. One such student is Kaitlyn Karpovich who joined the Shenandoah Valley Band at age nine where she became intrigued with the French horn. In her freshman year she facilitated her interest by taking private lessons with Richard Fries, the former band director at Pottsville HS. While in junior high school she was mentored by Walter Choplick, and afterwards in senior high school by John Shoener. With each passing year she became more and more proficient with her mastery of the French Horn. Throughout her career from 2016-2020 she auditioned and was selected to participate in 24 interscholastic festivals sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Education Association (PMEA) on the county, district, region and state levels, more than any musician in the school’s history.
In recognition of her outstanding musical ability she became the recipient of the following awards that would have normally have been presented at the Spring Band Concert held in May but like other school events unfortunately had to be cancelled. Her awards included the John Philip Sousa Marine Corps Band Award, Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Gloria & Walter Choplick Music Award, Michael Reese Memorial Scholarship, Shenandoah Valley Wall of Fame Award, the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, Shenandoah Valley Alumni Band Scholarship, the Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Memorial Award, Tina Putalonis Memorial Scholarship Award, and the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award.
Kaitlyn who is also the 2020 Shenandoah Valley Class Valedictorian, President of the SV Band and member of the SV Chapter of the National Honor Society will attend Villanova University and major in Physics.