FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- An all-day celebration Aug. 24 marked the 10th anniversary of the Aurora School of Music, which is operated by Vera Holczer.
Dozens of adults, current students and past students of the school turned out, and Mayor James delivered the opening speech. About the youngest musicians, Fisher said, "I cannot believe the quality and superior level of mastering an instrument at that age."
Fisher then walked to the front of the school on South Chillicothe Road to cut a red ribbon which was wrapped around the entire building.
After listening to a flute ensemble and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" by woodwinds and strings, Holczer and Fisher used the giant scissors, while youngsters held small scissors, to cut the ribbon after a countdown.
Then the crowd listened to Adam Crossley, Josh Groban's righthand musician who is touring Canada, who shared insights about his pop music career and showed off his voice.
Pianist Donna Lee, chair of the piano department at Kent State University, and clarinetist Dan Gilbert, a former Cleveland Orchestra member and music teacher played with an ensemble of guest artists.
ASM faculty played Piazzola, Mozart, Chopin and Beethhoven music all day, and student ensembles performed with an "unusually high level of performance regarding comfort and confidence for young," said Halim El-Dahb, a well-known Egyptian composer, who was on hand.
Music, balloons, food, face painting, balloon art were all part of the celebration, as open-door lessons were conducted in all of the building's 13 rooms.
Outdoors, rock groups finished up the day, including Winslow, a local nationally known band, plus student bands.
"I cannot believe how young they write," said Morris, the lead singer of Winslow when listening to "Sky is the Limit," the Smoov student band's original song.
According to Holczer, the school has changed and impacted many lives over the last 10 years, and will continue to do so for many more.