RayLee and Allie Peterson founded our Frederick, MD chapter of Music To My Ears in 2011. The two were interviewed live on UHAG TV in January 2012, announcing their Chapter. In their 2011-2012 session they offered piano and harp lessons, and in 2012-2013 session they added violin and guitar instruction.
RayLee and Allie are two active sisters that love family, music, animals, and support the Humane Society. In addition to teaching weekly piano lessons to elementary school age children through Music To My Ears, they are also involved in many other ways in their community and church.
RayLee plays piano and flute. She takes private lessons and is in the flute choir and Chorale Arts Society of Frederick at Frederick
Community College. She also plays flute in her church orchestra. RayLee received a Sheild's scholarship for piano in 2011. In January, 2012 RayLee received a Kids Are Heroes Award where she participated in the Fountain Coin Program at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick. Monthly, the fountain water is drained and the coins are collected. The FSK Mall generously allows all the money collected to go to charity. At the end of the month of January 2012, RayLee collected and donated all of the fountain coin money to Humane Society and the Alzheimer’s Association.
RayLee retired from Music To My Ears, Frederick MD when she started college full time in the fall of 2013. Beginning in the fall of 2013, RayLee attended Frederick Community College working toward an AA in Music, Piano Performance. Fortunately, RayLee decided to come out of retirement to teach one more session of Music To My Ears in the spring of 2014.
Allie Peterson plays piano. She takes private piano lessons at Frederick Community College. She was a member of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra for four years and participated in the Percussion Ensemble at Frederick Community College for two years. Allie received a Community Foundation scholarship for music lessons in 2012 and 2013. Allie was given a Kids Are Heroes Award in October 2011. As a result, she participated in the Fountain Coin Program for the month of May 2012. Allie donated the May Fountain Coin Program collections to the Alzheimer's Association to help people like her grandmother who had Alzheimer's, and to the Humane Society. During the 2013- 2014 Music To My Ears Frederick, MD session Allie taught three students piano. Allie is also teaching piano for the spring 2014 session and then will be retiring to attend college in the fall of 2014.
Snapshots of Music to My Ears Frederick, MD Teachers Musical Involvement in Our Community
Pictured Left to Right are Amy Whitney, Urbana Regional Library Administrator; RayLee Peterson flute & keyboard; Grace Cillo, violin; Claudia Diener, flute; Allie Peterson, percussion and keyboard.
||Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 The North Pole Gang, a quartet of local students who play classical music, performed a variety of Christmas music as a part of Urbana Regional Library's 6th annual musical open house celebration of the holidays. RayLee Peterson, Allie Peterson and Grace Cillo are volunteer teachers with Music To My Ears Frederick, MD. The community service program Music To My Ears offers free, weekly 30-minute music lessons to beginner, elementary aged students. Now in its second year, Music To My Ears experienced volunteer middle school and high school aged teachers offering lessons for piano, violin and harp. For more information www.musictomyearsfrederickmd.org or e-mail Frederick program founders Raylee and Allie Peterson RayLeeAndAllie@MusicToMyEarsFrederickMD.org.
|Frederick Community College Music Program presented
"Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Clause" at Jack B. Kussmaul Theater
on the evening of Thurs. Nov. 17, 2012. Jennifer Rundlett, Director, lead the
Flute Choir and accompanying musicians and actors and participated with her
flute. The Flute Choir opened the program that featured selections from
Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite, Phyllis Avidan Louke's Ringing in
Christmas, Jonathan Cohen's Free As A Child, and a Traditional African Carol.
The program was in memory of Mr. John Wilbur (1936-2012) a flute choir member.
The concert was made possible in part through support from George L. Shields
Music Program Development Fund at FCC and FCC's Communications, Humanities and
Arts Development. The acquisition of the Bosendorfer Imperial Grand piano was
made possible through gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Holmes R. Baker, the Randall
family Charitable Trust Donor Advised Fund, Mr. Nevin Baker and Ms. Albertine
Baker, the Mr. and Mrs. Charles A Nicodemus Family Fund, and other generous donors.
Flute Choir Pictured Left to Right: Joe Sherren (flute,
piccolo, bass), Ashley DeVine, Jessica Li (alto and flute), Jonathan Cohan (contra
bass), Jodi Stiles (alto and flute), Lu Anne Scott, Denise Slusser, Jennifer
Rundlett, Audrey Smith, Jessica Pfeiffer, BethWagner, Dottie Daiker (alto and
flute), RayLee Peterson (flute and bass), Dawn Ann Bambrick (flute and
piccolo). Not pictured Dr. John Wickelgren, piano; Daniel Busche, Gilbert Rupp,
Allie Peterson, percussion; Dr. James Denison, as Frank Church; Molly Weber asVirginia;
Beverly Butts, clarinet; Anna Claire Ballard-Ayoub, bassoon.
Pictured left to right: Director Greg Herron, Gilbert Rupp, Allie Peterson, Matthew Houston, Sean Duke.
||On the evening of May 1st, The Frederick Community College Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert "A Rumble in Frederick" was held in the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater on campus. Directed by Greg Herron, the ensemble played "Piece for Percussion by Mitchell Peters as an introductory piece that showcased the variety of many different percussion instruments. Also played were Bach's classical Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Xylophonia featuring Allie Peterson, a jazz piece, and a collection of movements in Mitos Brasilerios based on mythical Brazilian characters including a jokester, headless horsewoman, and birds, and more. To join the FCC.
|Teacher Grace with Student Nisha in April 2013
From left to right: Student Nisha and Teacher Grace.