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New! Hearts for the Arts Alumni Membership

October 1, 2014 Dear Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Alumni, BISFA just started its sixth school year and with five classes graduated, now is a great time to start a BISFA Alumni Group. The point of an organized alumni group is to keep graduates informed of their classmates’ successes, life events, and general news, as well as to communicate to graduates news from their alma mater, schedules of school events and performances, and announcements of alumni-only events and opportunities throughout the year. Over time, the scope and influence of BISFA’s alumni will increase as the graduate numbers increase. One way of becoming a part of your alumni community is to purchase a Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Hearts for the Arts Alumni Membership for only $20 for the year. As a Hearts for the Arts Alumni member you will receive an orchestra seat ticket to the annual Holiday Spectacular and your name will appear as an Alumni Hearts for the Arts member in the All-School Musical program in the spring. In addition, there will be alumni-only social events corresponding with both the Holiday Spectacular and the All-School Musical. Purchasing your Hearts for the Arts Alumni Membership couldn’t be easier, simply visit the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation Web page, “Alumni News” section. Once on the Alumni News page, click the “Donate Now” button, which will take you to the PayPal account. Input $20 in the “donation amount” box, fill out your information, and you’re done. It’s that easy. Because we’re just getting started, an alumni parent will be in charge of organizing and maintaining a contact database, communicating with alumni, and planning events. However, two alumni are needed from each graduating class to help reach more people, suggest ideas, offer opinions, and pass along any class information. So far, eight alumni have volunteered for the “Class Agent” position. They are: Austin Britner and Sheridan Webb from the class of 2010; Heather Butts and Ashley Warfield from the class of 2012; Selena Kendle and Abigail Martinez from the class of 2013; and Elli Bender and Toby Frevert from the class of 2014 (a giant thank you to these alumni for volunteering already). If you are from the class 2011 and would like to help get your alma mater’s alumni group up and running (or if you know someone who fits this description), please contact Amy Frevert at The BISFA Web site has an alumni section under construction that will have news about individual graduates, school events, alumni events, and more. Please feel free to email individual updates to Amy Frevert at the above address. Please include your name and the year you graduated. Thank you for your time and stay in touch!

Alumni Update

Attention Alumni: Please email your current email address to Amy Frevert ( Exciting things are in the works for BISFA alumni, but we need to find you first. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you. updates listed below last updated 4/29/2014

Class of 2013

Brianna Arnemann – 2013 Instr. (posted 4/2014) Attending Lancaster Bible College and currently taking a break from playing because of another possible tear in her wrist. Nahja Collins  – 2013 Visual (posted 4/2014) Finishing her freshman year at The Corcoran College of Art and Design. Isabelle Maina  – 2013 – vocal (posted 4/2014) Recently placed 2nd in the Southeast Regional NATS Auditions in Columbus, Georgia, qualifying her for the national category which will begin on April 23 in Boston. Nathaniel Philp – 2013 – Instr. (posted 4/2014) Currently at HCC, transferring next year to Blue Ridge CTC to complete the paramedic program. Recently certified as an EMT working as an EMT at Community Rescue Service in Hagerstown. He also works full time at Meritus in the ER as a scribe, documenting everything that the doctors do with the patients. Ryan Smetzer – 2013 – Theater (posted 4/29/2014) Along with being a student at HCC and working there as their baseball announcer, Ryan has been performing in the Antietam Recreation Dinner Shows, where they just wrapped up their 42-show season. His business “Ryan Smetzer Entertainment” has taken off and he has been providing DJing/Karaoke/Video Support for 2-3 events per week! This summer, he will be working full time as the drama instructor for Antietam Rec’s day camp

Class of 2012

Liz Fraser – 2012 – Vocal (posted 4/29/2014) Liz is a rising Junior at Shenandoah Conservatory completing a BFA in Acting and was accepted into the Performing Arts Leadership and Management Masters program.  She will be receiving her MFA one year after graduating. This summer she is working in a Casting Internship in New York City.

Class of 2011

Amanda Allen  – 2011 Theater (posted 4/2014) Currently a junior studying to get her BFA in Theatre for Youth from Shenandoah Conservatory. This summer she will be working with a company called KidShine where she will be traveling to a different city every week and leading a group of young performing arts lovers through a one week camp. Her eventual goal is open her own children’s theatre company (possibly in the Hagerstown area) and direct productions, teach classes and run workshops there. Mary Teal Mulligan – 2011 Dance Major (posted 4/2014) Currently a junior at Liberty University studying Politics and Policies, she will be graduating in the Spring of 2015. During the last semester, she will be interning in Washington, D.C. either for The Heritage Foundation or a Congressional Representative. She recently started a dance team at LU called the “Champion Dance Team.” Allison Ruth – 2011 – Theater (posted 4/29/2014) Allison attended Hagerstown Community College for a degree in Psychology. She stays involved in the arts doing community theatre and church choir. She will be attending USMH at Salisbury in the fall to hopefully join their Social Work program! She is also about to start her job as a Mental Health Associate in the hospital at Brook Lane.

Class of 2010

Sarah Walters – 2010 Instr. (posted 4/2014) Currently in her last semester of classes at Shenandoah Conservatory, finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She is student teaching now at Potomac Falls High School in Loudoun County, VA and is slated to graduate this May.  She previously placed in the Frederick County VA public school system at James Wood Middle School where she conducted two groups at their district assessment. Sheridan Webb – 2010 Theater (posted 4/2014) Graduating from Shepherd University this May with a degree in Psych and then off to grad school for occupational therapy in the fall of 2015.