Community School of Music
View the summer 2014 brochure in early May | Registration for summer session will begin in early May
The Community School of Music's wide range of offerings provide opportunities for beginning students as well as those who are more advanced. Our association with the Stetson University School of Music ensures high-quality training. The Community School of Music is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Each semester the Community School of Music provides instruction that consists of:
- The Young Singers (program offered September - May; a treble choir composed of elementary, middle and high school voices)
- Orff-Schulwerk (ages 3-9, program offered September - May)
- Youth String Orchestra (program offered September - May)
- Individual Lessons (all ages)
- All orchestral and band instruments
- Voice (age 15 and older)
Registration for summer session will begin in the first week of May.
Presser Hall is the School of Music building where you may drop off and pick up your student. Due to fire codes it is not a waiting area. After 4:30 p.m. you may park in the Presser Hall parking lot or other parking lots with available parking. Refer to the campus parking map to see where visitor parking lots are located.
There is some visitor parking behind the Lynn Business Center and the duPont-Ball Library. To reach the visitor parking lot near the library, take East Michigan Avenue to Amelia Avenue, turn left on Amelia Avenue and then turn left on Arizona Avenue
If you get a parking ticket please see Claudia Gatewood, Community School Director, in Presser Hall room 354.
Welcome, Sandra Peter
The Young Singers Choir welcomes Sandra Peter, Ph.D., as conductor, working with Claudia Gatewood in the 2014 choir season. Peter moved to DeLand this year from Iowa, where she was an associate professor of music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa for 22 years. As a choral clinician and guest conductor, Peter has led All State and honor choirs throughout the United States and abroad. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the College Music Society and is a charter member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She has been invited to speak at national meetings of both the NCCO and ACDA, and several of her choirs have performed at regional ACDA conferences. She is a contributor to Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success, released in 2012 by GIA Publications.
Peter holds degrees from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), the University of Arizona and the University of Iowa.
Her experience includes many years of conducting church choirs of all ages, most recently serving First Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa. At Luther College, she conducted two choirs: Aurora, for select first-year women and Cathedral Choir, for select second-year students, mixed voices.
A personal welcome from Claudia Gatewood, director of the Community School of Music and Young Singers conductor: "As you can see from Dr. Peter's bio, she is an experienced and accomplished musician. As one who has met with her, I know her to be enthusiastic, energetic and highly capable. She is an outstanding addition to our Young Singers program. I know our singers will be as thrilled to work with her as I am."