By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Some of tomorrow's brightest stars will shine this Sunday at a free, music-filled event.
The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard will host "Music on the Hill," a free concert entirely produced and emceed by young, aspiring entertainers, on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. at Friendship Fellowship Church at Pineda.
The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard was founded in 2007 and is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide assistance and support to creative artists of Brevard County, with exceptional talents in the music, drama, dance, literature and visual arts fields.
"I'm one of the founders, who found it somewhere," said Marshall Frank, president of The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, jokingly. "I'm the president, but you don't have to call me 'Mr. President.'"
Despite his comedic tendencies, Mr. Frank's foundation provides young performers with grants, tuition assistance and performance opportunities. "Music on the Hill" is one of the foundation's many events to do so.
Sunday's performance features three beamingly bright Brevard stars, Emily Deruelle, 14, Hayley VerValin, 17, and Maryl Harris, 15.
A freshman at West Shore Junior/Senior High School in Melbourne, Emily is a voice and piano student, who has been involved in musical theater since the age of 9. A member of The National Junior Honor Society, Drama Troupe and French Club, Emily finds time in her busy schedule for community theater productions and has performed in more than 20 productions at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse. Emily is also a proud member of the Stars of Tomorrow program and studies voice with Shirley Larson and dance at Better Than Broadway with Natalie McKnight.
Hayley, who is a senior at Viera High School, has been performing since the age of 5, with past credits at the Cocoa Village Playhouse including "Rosie Jones" in "Build Me Up Buttercup" and "Tracy Turnblad" in "Hairspray." She is also a member of the Viera High Jazz Band.
This past spring, Hayley was named "Best Jazz Vocalist" at the Lakeside Jazz Festival in Port Orange.
Both Hayley and Emily will be performing a variety of musical theater songs for "Music on the Hill."
"I have been involved with the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard for about three years," Hayley said. "The organization has been so supportive of my work in theater--both at Viera High and at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. The opportunity to perform and to emcee at events, such as 'Music on the Hill,' has helped me to prepare for my upcoming college auditions. This will also be by third time as emcee, and I look forward to the show."
A pianist and French horn player, Maryl is a sophomore at Eau Gallie High School and plays first horn in the Eau Gallie Symphonic Band, piano in the Eau Gallie Jazz Band and mellophone in the Marching Commodores. Maryl studies piano with Melanie Marteney and French horn with John Wilkerson.
"I really appreciate the opportunities the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard gives me to perform on both instruments," Maryl said. "Having events to prepare for and entertain with is not only very exciting, but helps young musicians grow as performers."
Maryl will entertain the crowd with Chopin "Nocturne Op. 72, No. 1" and "Impromptu" by Mildred Souers on piano, as well as "Parable for Solo Horn Op. 120" by Vincent Persichetti on French horn.
"This is a 60 to 90 minute, intimate performance of three youngsters, with enormous talent and study in music," Mr. Frank said. "People should attend 'Music on the Hill' because it's fun, comfortable, enlightening and personal. And with only a request for donations, it's very little cost."
The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard will host "Music on the Hill" on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. at Friendship Fellowship Church at Pineda. The show is free, but attendees are asked to provide a monetary donation.
Friendship Fellowship Church is located at 3115 Friendship Place, Suntree.
For more information, visit www.CreativeArtsBrevard.org or call (321) 254-3398.