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Above in the front row from left to right are Alexis Mireles, Madison Scott, Karis Lawson, Sage Friedman and Carlos Plummer. In back are Dorothy Fitzgerald, Sarah Wright, Erick Vega, Melanie Cashdan, Eric Brunschwiler, Kyle Plummer and Gerardo Garcia Mora. Not pictured are Cesar Viveros and Kayla Warnell.
Above in the front row from left to right are Alexis Mireles, Madison Scott, Karis Lawson, Sage Friedman and Carlos Plummer. In back are Dorothy Fitzgerald, Sarah Wright, Erick Vega, Melanie Cashdan, Eric Brunschwiler, Kyle Plummer and Gerardo Garcia Mora. Not pictured are Cesar Viveros and Kayla Warnell. COURTESY PHOTO

Special to The Cambrian

The Cambria Chorale is sponsoring its annual recital and tea for its Youth Music Fund scholarship students from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire Drive.

Past performances have been greeted with great enthusiasm and have received rave reviews from audiences.

The recital showcases the musical achievements of these talented students:

Voice: Madison Scott, 13, and Sarah Wright, 16;

Piano: Melanie Cashdan, 16; Dorothy Fitzgerald, 17, Karis Lawson, 8; Carlos Plummer, 9; Erick Vega, 18; Cesar Viveros, 13; and Kayla Warnell, 16; Trumpet: Eric Brunschwiler, 15;

Violin: Kyle Plummer, 13;

Drums: Gerardo Garcia Mora, 11; and

Guitar: Sage Friedman, 9; and

Alexis Mireles, 11.

A highlight of the recital will be the presentation of the 2010 Jim Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music to one of the students. Jim Fitzgerald was a much-loved member of this community, as the choir director at Cambria Presbyterian Church for 10 years, and the Cambria Chorale for six years.

The first recipient in 2007 was Cody Pettit. In 2008, the Chorale honored Dorothy Fitzgerald and, in 2009, Erick Vega. The 2010 recipient will be announced at the recital and tea.

The Cambria Chorale has long been a principal supporter of the Cambria Youth Music Fund, headed by Ann Glaser and Arla Stevens. The Cambria Lions Club provided the seed money 13 years ago to start the fund and continues to be a contributor.

A large portion of the net proceeds from the Chorale’s Spring Concert and this recital go toward providing music lessons for students who show talent in vocal or instrumental music, and need financial assistance to continue with their musical training. The Chorale also depends on private donations to assist in its efforts. Some give birthday and anniversary donations instead of gifts.

The fund currently provides support for 14 students and is accepting applications for additional student scholarships, for those who are in need of financial help. Applications are available at the Joslyn Recreation Center, 950 Main St.

It has given the Chorale great satisfaction to see the results of its efforts — to see young people pursue their dreams. They are keeping music alive in a world that needs music more than ever.

Tickets, $5, are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St., and at the door. Students 16 and under are admitted free.

The Cambria Community Bus is available for transportation if needed. Call 927-4173 for reservations between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

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