Marywood University Wind Ensemble students and faculty who embarked on a 10-day tour to Beijing, China, and performed in the Beijing International Arts Festival include Joanne Stiff; Taylor Morgan, Courtney McComb, Shannon Would, Harlow Alexander, Trevor Sablan, Corey Bartell, Katherine Moore, Theresa Staerker, Drake Dewald and F. David Romines, D.M.A., director of bands at Marywood University.
The students performed in iconic theatre and concert halls including the Shaoxin Grand Arts Theatre, the Xuzhu Concert Hall and the Chinese National Library Music Hall. They worked with Chinese musicians including Hesheng Wang, the People’s Liberation Army composer who wrote “Road to Success” for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games; and high school student Wei-Xian Zhong, who accompanied the band as a guest soloist.
The tour was a collaborative effort by Romines and United States-China board of directors member, Andrew Yozviak, D.M.A., director of bands and professor of music at West Chester University; and Song Yang, D.M.A., vice chairman of the United States Cultural and Educational Foundation.
“I am exceedingly proud of the Marywood Wind Ensemble members who performed so well at the Beijing International Arts Festival. We were told, through positive reviews, that our performance was one of the highlights of the festival,” said Romines.
Dolores Leopardi is the Honesdale Rotary’s new president.
Leopardi is the office manager for Koberlein Environmental Services and joined the club five years ago.
“I’m honored to be president, but I want you all to know that no one, including the president, is more important than any of you,” she told her fellow members at a dinner event on June 12 at Woodloch Springs.
Andy Chapman, will serve as the president-elect/vice president; Beth Latour is the second vice president; and Rory McGhie, is the sergeant-at-arms. Kay Reynolds continues her role as club secretary and Larry Caruth remains treasurer.
The dinner was orchestrated by club member Jim Mould and included many other awards and the installation of two new members, Heidi Goyette and John Block. Outgoing president Stephen Moulton, business operations director at the Himalayan Institute, was awarded a Paul Harris Medal for service.
Local community activist, Sharon Herzog, was given a special Paul Harris Award for her work with local schools, the Emergency Food Pantry and more. Former Rotarian Brian Fulp was honored for his continuing work with the junior Rotary club, Interact, at Honesdale High School.
West Scranton High School students Olivia Bolsar and Bryauna Manuel represented their school at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in May at Shippensburg University.
The seminar brings together outstanding sophomores to interact with distinguished leaders in business, government and education and helps develop youth volunteers.