Mar 182013

From the Carlisle High School (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) Newspaper – The Periscope

Past CHS students successful in the arts
Published Monday, March 18, 2013 By Abby Leidigh

Former CHS students Daniela Aldrich, William Hume and Dan Reed were just like us. They loved hanging out with friends, eating iconic ice cream at Massey’s, and cheering proudly in the stands at football games. They had favorite teachers and subjects they liked to study at CHS.

However, these three individuals have pushed past disappointment, pain, injury, and rejection to make a name for themselves in different artistic industries. They are now young adults making a name for themselves in the dance, music, and artistic communities.

Hume, who is now a junior, attended CHS as a freshman during the 2010-2011 school year. After CHS, Hume went on to study piano with Dr. Anna Kijanowska at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Since then, his reputation has expanded, and he has played with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra, the Liberty Academy of the Arts Orchestra, and the Northern Neck Orchestra.

Last month, he played the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Northern Neck Orchestra. He had to memorize over sixty-five pages of music as the soloist, and the concerto alone lasted a half hour. However, his resume doesn’t stop there, as Hume has already played at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and was even featured on the NPR Radio Program, “From the Top.”

Hume said CHS helped him learn to adapt quickly to learn materials on short notice. “I learned to adjust quickly and learn choir and orchestra pieces more efficiently. As I continued to work, I was able to prepare more complex music on shorter and shorter notice. This helped me to become more involved with the music department and community. Everyone was very supportive of my endeavors and I have only positive memories of my freshman year at CHS.” said Hume.

Hume’s words of advice to those who dream of playing in famous ensembles or places? “You have to enjoy what you are doing. If you are serious about your craft, you will have to put the hours in every day to learn repertoire and get better. Any performance opportunity is great and you will build connections too. Bottom line: The more you do, the more you will be able to handle and take on, and opportunities will present themselves to you.”

Now a senior, Aldrich grew up in the Carlisle Area School District, and attended CHS until her junior year. After growing up dancing at CPYB, Aldrich left America to pursue her dream to become a professional dancer. She studied in Spain for a while, where the training and approach was “very different” to that of America.

Currently, she is dancing in the final level of ballet education at The School of American Ballet in New York. From January to April, SAB has an audition season, where students try out for other dance companies around the globe. While it is “quite stressful and arduous” according to Aldrich, the hard work pays off. She recently got acceptance to be an apprentice with a ballet company in Dresden, Germany. Aldrich has not yet decided whether she will stay in the States or move, as the New York City Ballet will let her know in June if they want her as an apprentice.

Aldrich said, “CHS was really helpful and understanding of my schedule at CPYB and enabled me to focus on two rigorous goals at once: train to be a professional ballet dancer and get a good, challenging education and maintain high grades.”

When asked if she had any words of advice to those who dream of dancing professionally, Aldrich said, “There are and will always be people that are older and wiser telling you you can’t do it. Don’t listen to them just because they are older and wiser. Nobody is wise enough to know what is in your heart.”

Reed, who graduated CHS in 2010, is now a junior at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is traveling abroad as part of his college in New Zealand and England, perfecting his photography skills while getting an education. An avid hiker, Reed’s passion for  photography is evident in his breathtaking stills of landscape and wildlife.

Reed took Drawing and Composition at CHS, as well as the Photography class. He was the co-Editor-in-Chief and photography editor for Periscope, and felt all his courses helped him grow and learn as an artist. “I had a lot of great teachers at CHS: Mrs. Muir for Periscope, Mrs. Deitch for chemistry, Mrs. Cook and Mr. Wagner for history, Mrs. Brent for calculus, and several more,” Reed said.

Reed advised art students to “take advantage of having art classes at your disposal at CHS. Having taken art courses in high school, I know some of the ‘basics’ that allow me to be more creative with my art in spare time.”

He also suggested that art students “go on a hike and bring your camera, sketchpad, or painting materials. It’s really rewarding to wander around, find something beautiful, and come home at the end of the day with something tangible that you can be proud of.”

We are fortunate to have so many students follow their dreams and pursue their goals. Don’t be surprised if these hard-working students end up as famous musicians, dancers, and photographers. For more information on these students, visit their websites:

Dan Reed:

William Hume:


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Feb 182013

Kilmarnock, VA

The Northern Neck Orchestra presents……..

“Serenade for a Winter’s  Day”

February 24, 2013  3:00 pm

Northumberland High School Theater
201 Academic Lane, Heathsville, VA 22473

Click here for directions:  NORTHUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL


“La Gazza Ladra (Overture)” by Gioachino Rossini

“Piano Concerto in A Minor” by Edvard Grieg – William Hume, soloist


“Carmen: Suites No. 1 & 2” by Georges Bizet

“American Fantasia” by Victor Herbert

Payment for tickets may be paid by check or by cash at the door.  All performances feature open seating.

  • Tickets for single performances are $20 per person for any concert.
  • Consistent with our mission to “encourage the development of young musical talent through mentoring and musical performances,” students may attend any NNO concert for FREE.

For more information please see

This is from a recent rehearsal with the Northern Neck Orchestra.  It is a preview from Grieg’s Concerto, Op. 16 in A minor, with excerpts from all three movements.


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Feb 162013

Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, New York City
February 10, 2013

William was one of the featured recitalists who performed in the 2013 “Olympic Challenge” Competition Winners Recital in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City.  The recital was presented by the “You Need Music” Educational and Performing Enterprise.  Winners for the 4th Olympic Challenge Competition were selected based on a DVD screening and a live audition.   A total of 25 “First Degree” Winners were chosen to perform in the Winners Recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 10, 2013 and 40 “Second Degree” Winners will perform in a Winners Recital in Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center on February 24th, 2013.

“It was great to go back to Carnegie Hall after having toured it two years ago during a school orchestra trip.  This time they even let me go on stage to play something!  Weill was wonderful and everyone was very friendly.  I especially enjoyed traveling throughout the city and on the ferry with my aunt and uncle.”   –William Hume

This was William’s first of what he hopes will be many more performances in the world renowned Carnegie Hall.  He played the Kapustin Concert Jazz Etude Op. 40, No. 1, which has become a very popular piece in his ever-expanding repertoire.  The very accomplished competition judges, Ilya Kazantsev (piano), Aisha Dossumova (violin), and Slava Znatchenii (oboe) opened the recital with their own performances.  Dmitri Korneev, competition director, accompanied the judges on piano as well.

Will in front of Carnegie Hall before the performance.

William at the Weehawken, NJ Ferry Terminal looking east across the Hudson River at the NYC skyline.

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Nov 112012

Saint Matthew Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia
November 4th, 2012

This was the second performance of the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra’s (TIO) fall program.  The concert featured performances by the TIO Tykes and Tweens – a youth group of beginning students directed by Dr. Alice Lindsay, the combined choirs of Saint Bede and Saint Matthew Churches performing Vivaldi’s Gloria with Ms. Loretta Atkinson and Aaron Renninger conducting, and the TIO playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

The Bach Concerto featured soloists William Hume on piano, Tom Lindsay on the violin, and Erich Graf on the flute.  William will be performing with the TIO in their spring concert planned for April 2013 with performances in Richmond, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach.

Pianist William Hume, TIO founders Tom and Alice Lindsay, and conductors Loretta Atkinson and Aaron Renninger. Photo taken by Stephen Hume.

The TIDEWATER INTERGENERATIONAL ORCHESTRA provides an outlet and opportunity for string players of all ages to play together and learn from each other. Rehearsals are clustered around the performance dates with advance distribution of the music. They present frequent concerts and programs in Saint Bede Catholic Church and around the community. For more information contact the founders and coordinators: Tom and Alice Lindsay at 757-565-5463 or email


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Oct 272012

Saint Bede Church, Williamsburg, VA
October 27, 2012

William was the featured piano soloist during a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra (TIO) of Williamsburg, Virginia.  The famous concerto also featured solo performances by professional musicians Tom Lindsay on the violin and Erich Graf on the flute.  Tom spent a professional career with the Dallas and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras and Erich is the former principal flutist of the Utah Symphony.  The concert featured other performances by the TIO Tykes and Tweens Orchestra with Dr. Alice Lindsay conducting and the TIO Choir with Ms. Loretta Roolf Atkinson conducting.  As the name implies, The Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra features accomplished musicians of all ages.  William and the TIO will be performing the Bradenburg Concerto again on Sunday, November 4th at 3 pm, at St. Matthew’s Church, in Virginia Beach, VA.  The TIO spring concert is scheduled for performances on April 20th and 28th (program to be determined).

William and flutist Erich Graf.

The TIDEWATER INTERGENERATIONAL ORCHESTRA provides an outlet and  opportunity for string players of all ages to play together and learn from each other.  Rehearsals are clustered around the performance dates with advance  distribution of the music.  They present frequent concerts and programs in Saint Bede Catholic Church and around the community.  For more information contact the founders and  coordinators: Tom and Alice Lindsay at 757-565-5463 or email

See the 1st Movement here!



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Sep 252012

Contact: Robin Allen LaPlante
617-437-0707 x103,



Episode airs nationally and on WHRO Classical the week of October 1

16-year-old pianist William Hume will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, the hit NPR radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley. This special episode celebrates the stories and performances of children of American military families. Taped before a live audience at the Military Child Education Coalition Conference in Grapevine, Texas on June 27, the show will air nationally the week of October 1 and on WHRO Classical October 6 at 7:00 pm.

Show 256 Link

Show Listening Guide

From The Top Scrapbook – Show 256 Military Child Coalition

William Hume (piano), 16, is from Yorktown, Virginia.  His Army father recently returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan and is currently stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia.  William is a junior at York High School and studies music with Dr. Anna Kijanowska at The College of William and Mary. He is currently the pianist in the York High School Symphonic Band and accompanies the chorus.  William performed the Brahms Rhapsody Op. 79 No. 1 for the show.  In addition to piano, he also plays the cello, earned a varsity letter in cross-country track, and plays basketball.

Taped at the annual conference of the Military Child Education Coalition in Grapevine, Texas on June 27, the NPR broadcast features young musicians performing and speaking with host Christopher O’Riley. The honorable General Martin E Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was on hand at the dress rehearsal of this special episode to greet the musicians and their families and speak about the important link between music and the military. A short interview with the General and host Christopher O’Riley is included in the broadcast.

Also on the broadcast: 18-year-old violist Devon Naftzger, whose father is an Air Force veteran; 17-year-old harpist Clarissa McLaren from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium where her father serves in the Air Force Reserves; 18-year-old clarinetist Dominic Giardino whose Navy father was stationed in Key West, Florida and recently retired and moved to Rochester, New York; and Pershing’s Own Woodwind Quintet from The United States Army Band, which includes From the Top alumna Staff Sergeant Elizabeth McGinness (who appeared on the program when she was a teenager).

For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week.

From the Top is made possible by support from US Trust and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations.

From the Top on NPR is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.


For a complete listing of repertoire and performance photographs, please contact
Robin Allen LaPlante at or 617-437-0707 x103
Please visit for more information.




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Jun 292012

Grapevine, Texas
June 27, 2012

William was a featured solo performer this week during the live show and taping of NPR’s nationally acclaimed radio show “From the Top.”  The show was taped in front of a sold-out audience at the historic Palace Theater in Grapevine, Texas on June 27, 2012.  The audience included a large contingent from the Military Child Education Coalition who sponsored this special show that featured young musicians from military families.

“What an incredible experience – I had a great time meeting other military kids who share my passion for classical music!  Christopher O’Riley is a terrific host and mentor.  The entire “From the Top” organization is first-class.  The entire crew made us all feel like professionals and I’m confident we put together a very entertaining and enjoyable show.  I feel inspired and look forward to promoting classical music as we discussed during our post-show Arts Leadership seminar.”

 – William Hume

William playing for General Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife during a special pre-show preview.


“From The Top” Host Christopher O’Riley and William after the show.

The show that features William and other young performers from military families will broadcast nationally the week of October 1, 2012.  Check your local National Public Radio (NPR) listings for specific dates and times!  You can also listen online and subscribe to podcasts at

Look for Show 256 – Military Child Education Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

See “Show 256 Sneak Peek” on From the Top’s Green Room Blog!

From the Top is an independent 501(C)3 non-profit organization that identifies, supports, and celebrates the nation’s exceptional young classical musicians through media, live events, scholarship and education programs.  From the Top prepares young musicians to connect with audiences, serve as positive role models, and give back to their communities.  These performers inspire the pursuit of excellence and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society.”  (From the Top Information Pamphlet)

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