United Conservatory of Music October 2019




A PLACE TO BELONG How to Create Community Through Music

What does it mean to build a sense of community?

environment of support. There’s an

My family left South Korea and came to the United States when I was 7 years old. We lived in Boston for three years before moving to Alaska, where I lived between the ages of 10 and 17. We moved from Alaska to Oregon, and when I started college, I left for San Francisco. Though I have lived in many different places, nowhere truly felt like home. While each of these places were great in their own way, there was never a sense of community I felt like I belonged to. Wherever I went, I had to make the best of it. As Director of the United Conservatory of Music, my intention is to create a space where every student, teacher, and staff member feels a sense of community when they walk in the door. When I was learning music, there was no place like UCM where I could go. I had private lessons with private teachers who were talented, but the benefit of our school is that it puts students alongside musicians who are going through the same things. Even when students are in private lessons at UCM, they can still interact with other kids who are learning and struggling along with them. Learning an instrument can be difficult at times. I think if I had a music school to attend when I was young, it would have enabled me to be part of something and build close-knit bonds with other people. I could have seen other students with the same issues I had, who shared my struggles, hopes, and experiences. “As Director of the United Conservatory of Music, my intention is to create a space where every student, teacher, and staff member feels a sense of community when they walk in the door.”

energy that inspires us to move forward that you don’t necessarily

experience when you’re working all

alone. I’ve also had the pleasure of watching students support one another. People are meant to work together. In music,

students are able to go so much further when they have a place where they can focus and find the support of their peers.

I think the reason I never felt a sense of community growing up is because I changed locations so often. So, I never felt like I belonged in one place. That’s why I want to create somewhere musicians of all ages can feel like they belong. This year, I am looking forward to rolling out events where all the students can participate, building a community together that reaches beyond the walls of UCM. We’re arranging to do farmers market performances in 2020 and have partnered with Rita’s Italian Ice to award our students with certificates for their efforts. There are even opportunities to be more involved in the musical community of Fresno. We’re setting the stage to participate in events around town. The goal is to create a tangible community in a place we can be proud of. In the last few years, UCM has come a long way, and it’s wonderful to see those goals become reality.

Today, as a Director, I feel the difference just by having staff members work with me. We can all be focusing on different projects, but we’ve created an

—Christopher Scherer

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HOW’S THAT FOR ODDS? Reggie ‘Mr. October’ Jackson’s Legendary Game

The leaves are turning, the weather is changing, and the holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out the fall decor! To make this season especially memorable for your family, create your own decorations with these fun ideas below. PINE CONE PAINTING Go on a family walk through the park to pick up a few fallen pine cones or take a quick trip to the store to buy a bag. Once everyone has their own hand-picked pine cone, grab a paintbrush and a few colors and have at it! For extra flair, add some fixings like glitter, beads, sequins, string, and more. LEAF PAINTING Take a trip outside with the kids to pick out some large, unbroken leaves, then head back inside and get creative! You can pull out the construction paper and paint trees, using handprints and “arm prints” as the trunks and branches. Paint the leaves you found to spruce up your trees or use them as decorations on their own. You can also use them for leaf printing or leaf pressing. FUN FINGER FOOD When you’ve got multiple friends and family members coming over and you need snacks, edible decorations are the way to go. You can get a little creative and make elaborate treats, or you can opt for delicious and easy-to-make finger foods with your kids. A good starting treat for your family is a batch of pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats. Add orange food coloring to the mix and get your kids to shape the treats like pumpkins before using a few pretzel sticks to make sturdy stems. THANKSGIVING CRAFTS Thanksgiving is only a month away, and your possibilities for holiday- themed crafts are endless with just a few supplies like paper, scissors, markers, and string. You can make turkey placemats, tissue paper trees, pumpkin garlands, paper pumpkins, or leaf mobiles to hang from the ceiling. Compile a list of ideas and have your kids pick out which craft they want to do first, then get to work together to create as many decorations as you want to display for Turkey Day. FALL FAMILY FUN Decorate Your House With Your Own Creations!

“I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.” –Reggie Jackson

Some people shine brightest in the spotlight. When put to the test, they deliver every time. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is one of those people. During the sixth game of the 1977 World Series, Jackson hit three home runs in a row, securing the Yankees’ victory over the Dodgers and winning them their 21st World Series title. The legendary playoff game also earned Jackson the nickname “Mr. October,”which has stuck to this day. Like many stories of greatness, Jackson’s featured a lot of hard work behind the scenes. He dedicated himself to his sport and constantly worked to improve his play. Growing up, Jackson played baseball, basketball, and football and excelled at all three, though football was his strong suit. He was scouted and given opportunities to go pro straight out of high school, but, on the advice of his father, he went to college on a football scholarship. Thanks to a $5 bet, he tried out for the baseball team at Arizona State University and made it. Jackson was the first black person on the team, and, even though he experienced discrimination, he never let it stop him.

From the minor leagues into the majors, Jackson’s ambition got him through many tough times, as did the constant support of his father and

of Oakland A’s manager John McNamara. Jackson always dreamed of playing for New York, and, eventually, his dream came true when he signed with the New York Yankees in 1976. To this day, Jackson holds many prominent records, including being the first player to earn more than 100 home runs for three different teams

(the A’s, Yankees, and Angels). He even has his own candy bar, the “Reggie! Bar,”which debuted during a Yankees game in 1978. Let’s see if any of this year’s playoff games stir up as much excitement as Reggie

With these engaging craft ideas, the whole family will be eager to make their own decorations and show them off for months to come!

Jackson’s did in his heyday.

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TAILS FROM THE PAST Mythical Cats of the World Most owners will tell you their cats act like ancient deities. Majestic, scrupulous,


and utterly unpredictable, these fascinating creatures have long captured our imaginations. Even before cat videos took the internet by storm, humans have been idolizing felines, placing them alongside some of their most important mythological figures.

In Norse folklore, the goddess Freya had a unique means of travel: a chariot pulled by two cats. These were skogkatts, or Norwegian


Of course, a list of mythical cats has to start with Egypt. While many people know the pharaohs and their followers thought cats were sacred, you may be surprised by how deep the connection goes. The earliest depiction of Bastet, the feline deity of protection, is a lion-headed woman in battle. But, over the course of 2,000 years, Bastet evolved to resemble the domesticated, pointy-eared cats we know and love today.

Forest cats, that were only a little larger than your average house cat. Still, these small felines towed Freya around battlefields as she gathered


Legend has it that in the 17th century, a monk living in a small temple in Edo (now Tokyo) was struggling to survive, but he still split his meals with his cat, Tama. One day, Lord Nakaota Ii got caught in a rainstorm while hunting and took shelter under a tree near the temple. Nakaota spotted Tama near the temple, and the cat raised its leg, beckoning the noble to come toward him. Curious, Nakaota complied, stepping out from beneath the tree just before a bolt of lightning struck it down. The lord’s life was saved, and to this day, the Maneki-Neko (the beckoning cat) is a symbol of wealth and good fortune.

warriors to send to Valhalla. On top of being the goddess of war, love affairs, and magic, Freya may well have been Midgard’s first cat lady.



Inspired by Food & Wine Magazine

This recipe fromMomofuku Milk Bar chef and “Master Chef” judge Christina Tosi makes great use of those extra Halloween goodies. It’s a quick and easy way to both elevate and get rid of unwanted leftovers.


2 cups mini pretzels, coarsely broken

1/3 cup dry milk powder

1/4 cup light brown sugar

6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

2 tbsp granulated sugar

12 oz mini candy bars, such as Snickers, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces



Heat oven to 275 F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, fold together pretzels, sugars, milk powder, and butter. 3. Spread mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes. 4. Let cool for at least 30 minutes and mix in candy bar pieces before serving.

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Fall Crafts for the Whole Family ‘Mr. October’: The Legendary Reggie Jackson


Amazing Cat Tales Leftover Candy Snack Mix


The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow

HAYRIDES AND HEADLESS HORSEMEN Halloween Celebrations in Sleepy Hollow

In 1790, a school teacher named Ichabod Crane was riding home

Sleepy Hollow is home to many historic landmarks, including the Headless Horseman Bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving himself was laid to rest. Evening lantern tours of the cemetery are a popular attraction, and Irving isn’t the only spooky celebrity buried there. Fans of the Gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows”will be delighted to enter the crypt of famed vampire Barnabas Collins. Another highly anticipated stop for many guests is Sleepy Hollow’s premier annual attraction, Horseman’s Hollow, an experience not for the faint of heart. During the event, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor is transformed into a living nightmare, where vampires, witches, ghouls, and undead soldiers lurk in the shadows. They all serve the dreaded Headless Horseman and are determined to make sure guests don’t leave alive! But it’s not all scares in Sleepy Hollow. There’s plenty of Halloween fun for all ages. Sleepy Hollow boasts relaxing hayrides, tours of Irving’s home, live readings of famous Halloween stories, performances of a brand-new musical based on Irving’s spooky tale, and the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an incredible exhibition of over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins.

alone from a harvest festival in the village of Sleepy Hollow when he encountered a mysterious rider on horseback. Crane, horrified by the horseman’s missing head, turned and ran in the opposite direction. The Headless Horseman gave chase, hurling his own decapitated head at the terrified teacher. Ichabod Crane was never heard from again ... or so goes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.

This story, first published in 1820, has become a Halloween favorite. The legend is so beloved that in 1997, the village of

North Tarrytown, New York, where many events of the story take place, officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Today, the town becomes one big

If you want a real Halloween experience, you can’t go wrong in Sleepy Hollow. Just be careful not to lose your head!

Halloween party during the month of October.

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Q: What is your favorite thing about the violin? A: My favorite part of playing violin is that it’s relaxing and helps to reduce my stress when school gets more intense. I also find it gratifying when I look back to see my improvement. Q: What do you like most about lessons and how long have you taken lessons here? A: My favorite thing about taking lessons is that my teacher can help point out things I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. I have taken lessons from Mr. Scherer for over 3 1/2 years. Q: What is your favorite piece that you’ve played? A: My favorite piece that I have played is the Concerto in Hungarian Style Op 21, which is what I’m currently working on. Q: What are some other hobbies or activities you participate in? A: I also participate in badminton, tennis, and Science Olympiad at school in addition to playing the violin. Q: Would you recommend United Conservatory to your friends? A: I would recommend United Conservatory to a friend because there’s many different options to choose from, so there’s something for everyone interested in learning music.

Staff Spotlight: Kendall Featherstone

Kendall Featherstone is 23 years old and is from Atascadero, California, where she grew up with her parents, two sisters, and brother. She moved to Fresno five years ago to start her undergraduate degree at California State University, Fresno. While at Fresno State, Kendall earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education and hopes to one day become a high school agriculture teacher.

Q: How long have you worked here and what do you do here? A: I have been working at the United Conservatory of Music since December 2018, and I am currently the office manager! Q: What do you like most about working at UCM? A: Getting a chance to work with kids! It has been amazing to have the opportunity to be a part of each kid’s personal music journey. I have been able to meet so many wonderful kids, and through that process, see each of them grow. Sometimes I only get a single minute conversation with the kids, but other days, I get to sit and chat with them for a couple of minutes and hear about how their week was or how soccer went this week. Getting the opportunity to invest into these kids is something I enjoy tremendously! Q: What’s something about you that people don’t know? A: Something that people don’t know about me is that I was heavily involved in both 4-H Club and FFA, and this is where my love for agriculture began. I began in 4-H showing rabbits as a primary member and, from there, eventually moved up into showing sheep, pigs, and even replacement heifers (a heifer is a female cow less than 2 years old that has not had her first calf yet). This is where my love for educating people about agriculture also came from. Q: Is there something you would like to add? A: I am so grateful for the opportunity to get to work with kids each and every day. I know myself as well as many others on our staff love and adore all of our students, and it brings us so much joy to build and have relationships with them. Our students have taught me so much, and I will always be grateful for the joy they exude into our studio. Thank you for choosing United Conservatory because my job would not be joy-filled without each and every student here.

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Thanksgiving Break Nov. 24–Nov. 30 Upcoming Dates to Note:

Is your child taking voice lessons here at United Conservatory? Congratulations! This means all those hours of singing along to the radio and in the shower will finally be put to great use. Whether it’s through classical training or rocking out with Ariana Grande, we here at UCM want to be able to help you achieve all of your wildest dreams. Some parents have expressed concerns over how to help their children outside of the lesson room. This can be difficult because most of our practice happens when we’re not with our teacher and when we’re in the comfort of our own home. We here at UCM want you to be fully equipped with all of the tips and tricks we have as we approach October — spooky season! 1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It is so important to be drinking as much water as possible! Doctors recommend at least eight glasses of water a day, and the more you can drink, the better, so don’t forget those water bottles! 2. It’s all about that hand sanitizer. We leave bottles of hand sanitizer laying around all over the conservatory to make sure we stop the spread of germs, so don’t be shy to take a pump or two before and after your lesson! We get sad when you’re sick and have to reschedule. 3. Singers are athletes. Yes, we are! Singing is a physical sport and requires almost all of the same things that physical sports do! The two most important things are warming up and cooling down. Just like before and after you run a mile, you have to stretch! In singing, we warm up by singing our scales and doing different exercises. After our lessons, we cool down the voice. This is very important for keeping your voice in tiptop shape! 4. Clear your throat the smart way. When mucus starts to accumulate in the throat, our first reaction is to clear it abruptly or let out a good cough, but this is what we want to stay away from! When this starts to happen, the best thing is to do a low hum up and down the voice. This will help shake off some of the mucus and is much healthier than a cough that forces the vocal cords together. Try a ghost siren or witch nasal warmup to get that voice moving! It gives you some practice for all of spooky season! 5. Don’t be afraid to rest! We cannot stress this enough. If your voice is tired or doesn’t feel 100%, let your teacher know! There are so many things that can be done in lessons without using voice: acting, pronunciation, breathing, etc. The sky’s the limit! While we all get ready to sport our spookiest costumes, we are sending you all healthy, happy vibes as we get into the cool months of fall! If you have any other questions or concerns about vocal health, please feel free to reach out to your teacher or contact the front desk, and they can get your more info on how to stay your spookiest! The following is a list of tips some of our teachers have compiled to help ward off the spooky cold season that comes with the cozy cool month of October!

–Christopher R. Voice and Piano Teacher, United Conservatory of Music, Fresno

Recitals are coming! Talk with your teacher about what you will be playing for the recital. All recitals will be held at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave., Fresno, CA 93710. Dec. 7: 4–8 p.m. Dec. 14: 6–8 p.m. Dec. 21: 5–8 p.m.

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