Fifty years ago there was comfort and charm associated with attending little neighborhood schools throughout the City of St. Albans. Children could easily walk to and from their schools and they knew every one of their schoolmates and teachers well. Former neighborhood students look back fondly on that time. On the other hand, with small dispersed educational facilities and minimal teaching staff numbers, there also came limited access to music and theater experiences. In the 1960s, music often consisted of singing in classrooms, instrument playing occurred after school, and plays were rarely presented.
That changed when the community decided to invest in a centralized state-of-the-art school facility in the late 1960s. The St. Albans City School founders made sure the building plans included a specialized band room and a large stage for drama performances. Two performing arts teachers were hired and immediately the school offered band and general music primarily to the older and middle school students. From then on St. Albans City School established itself as a place where children had ample opportunities to thrive in the performing arts.
Mr. Carpentier brings his strings expertise to share with students at St. Albans City School and all Maple Run students.
Performing arts creative opportunities continue to exist strongly today. St. Albans City School has a team of three amazing resident performing arts instructors who help children express themselves from PreK through 8th Grade. Ms. Cathy Cameron Muscente and Ms. Molly Hartman are vital to the…