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4th Annual Charter School Music Fest comes to First Philadelphia Prep tonight and tomorrow



WHAT:           American Paradigm Schools is proud to host the Fourth Annual Charter School Music Fest, which promotes the advancement of music in charter schools across the city of Philadelphia and the tri-state area. This particular program offers students the opportunity to perform with their peers from other participating charter schools while giving them performance experience that was not previously available to them while attending other schools.


  • The event will include participation from ten of Philadelphia’s leading charter schools and over 300 5th – 12th grade charter school music students are partaking in a full day of workshops, sectional and rehearsals on Dec.17 and will prepare for an evening performance to celebrate the Music Fest 2012 finale at 6 p.m. sharp.


  • The students will get to enjoy two special performances during their workshop: Astral Artists, a Philadelphia non-profit organization that plays a vital role in the discovery and development of the nation’s most gifted classical musicians will be sending some of their artists to perform and facilitate workshops, and African Storyteller Jos Duncan will be performing for the students as well.


  • The festival will take place over a two day period, Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18, at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, 4300 Tacony Street at Church Street, in the Frankford Valley section of Philadelphia.


  • Students will arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 17, with music that was pre-selected and mailed to the students and music directors before the festival. The participating students have been chosen by their music directors for both vocal and instrumental performances. Both the Abreu Fellows and Opus Nine will facilitate the workshops. On Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. the students will accompany the music professionals for a finale concert.


WHO:            Over 300 students from these participating schools/organizations:

  • First Philadelphia Charter School
  • Franklintowne Charter School
  • Harrity Elementary Mastery Charter School
  • Maritime Academy Charter School
  • Memphis Street Academy Charter School
  • New Foundations Charter School
  • Northwood Academy Charter School
  • People for People Charter School
  • Tacony Academy Charter School
  • Universal Daroff Elementary Charter School
  • SisterCities Girls Choir


Workshops and performances by:

  • Abreu Fellows class of 2011
  • Astral Artists
  • Opus Nine
  • Jos Duncan

WHERE:        First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School

                        4300 Tacony Street

                        Philadelphia, PA 19124


WHEN:          Monday, Dec. 17

Workshops and Rehearsals: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Dec. 18

Rehearsals: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Certificate Ceremony: 4:30 p.m.

Finale Concert: 6 – 7 p.m.

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2nd Baptist Hits the Mark with Take Me to the King


2nd Baptist Church of Frankford

The Christmas production of Take Me to the King at 2nd Baptist ran last Friday and Saturday. Once again they brought a great community theater experience to Frankford to a full house each night. The original play was written by Dottie Bradsbery and Debbie Jackson and performed by an ensemble cast. The story would ring a bell with those in any church large or small.

Mayella Covington, played by Yolanda Abner, is a force to be reckoned with in the church and she eventually finds her day of reckoning.  It is a serious story told with humor and a good dose of music.

We have some highlights along with the all the credits for the production on our YouTube page which you can get at this link.  It runs about 14 minutes and is just a sample of what you might find next time at the 2nd Baptist Church.


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Imagining Frankford Final Mural Design

Coming up this Sunday at the Frankford craft market and holiday celebration, the mural arts folks will have the design for the last mural to go up on Frankford Avenue.  They would like your input.  They have been very attentive to community concerns so come by St. Marks and take a look. They want to hear from you.