Alumni Update - Spring 2017

Don Kramer (59-65) retired in 2012 after playing first violin for the Utah Symphony for 43 years. Don and Anita have retired to Arlington, Texas.

Marian Kent (64-65) has very fond memories of her two summers at Arrowbear. She’s been a violist with the Atlanta Symphony since 1972.

Bruce Sledge (82-86) is signing “The Merchant of Venice” at the Royal London Opera this summer and “La Profit” at the Berlin Opera from October of 2017 through January of 2018.

In Memorium

Karen Michele “Chelle” Urbanek passed away on March 20 from pancreatic cancer. She was a camper from 1964-1966.

Kendall Feeney (70-77) passed away from cancer on March 5. She was at camp from 1970-1977.

Robert Dill passed away on December 7, 2016. He was a camper in 1949-1950 and a conductor at Arrowbear for many summers.

Arnold Hogarth passed away on July 28, 2016. He was a camper in the 1940s and quietly sponsored several scholarships every year, even leaving instructions so the scholarships would continue again this year.


Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive regular address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us $0.57 cents each. Now we’re having the problem that we’re not getting back all the address changes from the Post Office. Your newsletter is being sent on to your new address, but we’re not being consistently notified as in the past. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net. Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

Mary Adair Kelly & Brian Donovan Virginia Tartaglio Danica Day
Hal Yeager Ona Evans Celine Serrano Kyle Reid
Andrea Polo Jacque Paulsen Art Womack Jane Parker
Kim Nguyen Lynn Lim Richard Lassing Sean Kohalmy
Raschelle Jackson Jeffery Hertz Patti Henderson Jazmine Hamishfege
Arwen Hernandez Ron Eichstedt Rebecca Dubowitz  

Alumni Update - Fall 2016

Joel Montgomery was a camper in 1961. He sculpted this beautiful bust of Beethoven to honor the 75th season of Arrowbear. It is now on the mantle in the dining hall. He resides in Rancho Mirage, California, with his wife Cheryl. He has two children and four grandchildren. He still plays the trumpet performing Taps for veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. “I thank you for this opportunity to adorn my rendition of Beethoven at Arrowbear for your 75th Anniversary and hope it will be cherished for many years to come.”

 

Bonnie Russell Davis (50 – 57) One of her first memories is of Saturday morning rehearsals of the Long Beach All City Orchestra, under the baton of Fred Ohlendorf. “I thought I was so grown up. Of course, I was too young to realize what a privilege it was to be there. I have loved Arrowbear since before I was old enough to attend. My big brother, Harold Russell, got to help work with the big kids helping Mr. Ohlendorf setup, cleanup, and prepare for campers (must have been in the late 1940s). I finally got to be a full-fledged camper probably in 1950. The height of my teen years was the summer of ’57 when I was a counselor. Music camp was a major part of the Russell family – our mother, Ruth Russell, helped Edna Ohlendorf in the kitchen several years so my sister, Judie and I could go to camp. All three of us Russell kids have fond memories of Arrowbear that we share when we have family gatherings.”

Jim Hopkins (53-74) Jim has made his livelihood as a jeweler of fossil ivory in Alaska for the past 30 years. He loves what he does, and the creative urges remain strong, even at 72 years. This will be his final year running the storefront that features his creations. For the foreseeable future he will continue to make jewelry, but will leave the day-to-day operations to those younger than he is. Since his season runs from May 1 to October 1, he was unable to get away to help celebrate at the 75th Reunion.

Lost Arrowbearites

We’re having trouble with the post office letting us know that you’ve moved. Usually we receive your new forwarding address, but we’ve received only a few notices the last two newsletters. That means when your year of getting any mail sent on from your previous address is up, you will be lost in our database. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net. Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

Harmony Urmston Michael Sax Kim Nguyen Kevin Perkins
Jason Minch Maynard Heams Katherine Stowe Susanne Stone
Yvonne Carraway Laura Hill    

Alumni Update - Spring 2016

"Arrowbear Wall of Fame"

 

Charlotte Schaffner (R), Bebe Freidin (L) in 1942.

More than 15 years ago, the AMA Board created the Wall of Fame to recognize the people whose contributions to Arrowbear made the experience of a summer music camp session magical for the campers. We’ve added additional names at nearly every Reunion since that first year. The people we have recognized have a bronze plaque with their name and job title permanently affixed to the back of the orchestra bowl – called the Ohlendorf Bowl these days. The current inductees include: Joe Burger, Phil Ellithorpe, Fran Harding, Robert Gibson, Michael Pappone, Clarence Sawhill, Akira Endo, Jim Mitchell, Carl Lindgren, and Allan McMurray.

Charlotte Brejcha Schafner – Charlotte was one of the counselor/staff members at the first session of Arrowbear in 1942. The Note biography from that first summer said about her, “Charlotte Brejcha is a graduate of Redlands University where she majored in music. Charlotte is an excellent pianist, French horn, and string bass player. At camp she worked with the brass section. Besides her splendid help musically, Charlotte’s pleasing personality and social leadership aided greatly in the success of the camp activities.”

Ellen Schinnerer Deffner – Ellen first went to Arrowbear at the age of 10, just to spend part of the summer with her aunt and uncle, the Ohlendorfs, and Rick and Carole, her cousins. She did this for several summers, until at the age of 14 she actually became a camper and began accompanying soloists for the Musicale evenings. That experi-ence was huge fun for her and invaluable for the sight-reading opportunities and getting to know so much repertoire.

Eventually, Ellen became a counselor and then staff member, and not long after, she moved to England and studied accompanying there at the Guildhall School of Music. But as many summers as she could, she came back to be at Arrowbear, one of the richest experiences of her life. There’s nothing like being with wonderful and inspiring friends, family, and campers, and of course, being the camp accompanist. It has been so exciting and such a joy for her to see so many former campers from those years become successful in major orchestras and as important music educators.

The Chamber Music Week of Advanced Session has been a real joy for Ellen, especially to see how the performances get better and better each summer, and to see how hard the campers work. The schedule for her is full to the brim, with both coaching the ensembles and then practicing, rehearsing for and performing on the Musicale evenings. For many young musicians, it is the first time they have worked with a professional coach and accompanist. Ellen is both positive and encouraging to help them have a successful performance. She helps each camper improve the presen-tation of their musical selection and builds their confidence in themselves, so their performance is the best it can be.

Sarah Solberg – Sarah first attended Arrowbear in 1966 on a campership from the Glendale Rotary Club. There were few campers from outside the Long Beach area, but they were made welcome from the first contact with "Mrs. O" on the camp porch to the "good-byes" following campfire. This was Arrowbear's 25th celebration summer. They were fortunate in the outstanding conductors – e.g. "Papa" Pappone, Dr. Clarence Sawhill, Akira Endo, Robert Reynolds -- who helped the campers improve their musicianship and inspired them to more fully understand and appreciate the music they were playing and, perhaps more importantly, the wealth of the gift they had all been given.

Sarah was a camper for three years before applying to be a counselor. She spent many summers in that role with wonderful colleagues at Arrowbear. As a camper/staff member, she helped organize a wide range of activities: swimming relays, "The Note", English dinner, festivals/carnivals, Lions' Club dinner, and The Kitchen Symphony. Fifty years later, many of her friends are from her first few years at Arrowbear. But those from later generations "share with those who care, music and friendship so dear".

In Memorium

Katherine Lee Alexander Muncy (49-52) passed away on February 25, 2016. She attended Wilson High School and was the concertmistress for Nicolas Furjanek. Her time at Arrowear was special to her. Kathy’s violin always moved with her throughout her life. She will be missed.

Robert Bachle (1960s) passed away on May 6 at his home in Fullerton. He was a viola player who often helped Mr. Ohlendorf with work projects at camp. He was a graduate of Millikan High School in 1965.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive regular address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 57 cents each. Now we’re having the problem that we’re not getting back all the address changes from the Post Office. Your newsletter is being sent on to your new address, but we’re not being consistently notified as in the past. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

 

Madisynn Silverstein Michaela Hoover Nolan Schwartz Samuel Harwood
Mike and Steve Tucker  Lori Clough Jessica Trinidad Wisher Macall Potter
Catherine Wyman Cass Bethel Sean Wheeler  

Alumni Update - Spring 2015

Gil Bishop (54-56) really enjoyed the “10th Anniversary Edition”. It was a little before his time, but he knew all the staff listed. Harriet Dorrans was special. Nic Furjanick was The Best. With his help, Gil qualified and played in the MENC Orchestra as 1st trombone in 1957.

Bruce Sledge (81-86) is singing the lead tenor role in “Mary Stuart” at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Sweden, in March through May, 2015.

Karen Lindfors Dickel (67-71) grew up in Duarte, and her dad was the city band/music director from 1959-1971. He knew the Ohlendorf’s and made a strong connection with the camp. In the late ‘60s, he made great efforts to make sure a few of his students went to camp every summer, herself included. She made many friends from those summers at camp, and she looked forward to seeing them every summer. She was not a great musician, but somehow camp brought out the best in her. Thanks to Facebook, she has reconnected with a few of her old pals. A recent resurgence in the Duarte music program has established a new scholarship in her dad’s name (Don Lindfors) and last year they sent four campers. They are hoping to raise funds to do the same this coming summer.

Sarah Solberg (66-88) is retired and loving it. She is currently playing in the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the Southern Utah reed trio, and the pit orchestra for “The King and I”.

Deborah Trutanich Faust (66-68) used to go to the Ohlendorf’s home in Long Beach and pick up boxes of chocolate candy bars once a month and sell them door-to-door to order to pay the money to attend choral camp in the 1960s. Beautiful memories! Bless the Ohlendorfs!

In Memorium

Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner passed away on April 1. She was a Staff member at Arrowbear’s first session in 1942. The Note biography from that first summer said about her, “Charlotte Brejcha is a graduate of Redlands University where she majored in music. Charlotte is an excellent pianist, French horn, and string bass player. At camp she worked with the brass section. Besides her splendid help musically, Charlotte’s pleasing personality and social leadership aided greatly in the success of the camp activities.” Charlotte thought highly of Nicholas Furjanick and always indicted her donations to us were in his memory. She will be missed.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 40-50 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us .57 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $44.29. The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 50 and 60 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net. Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move. If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.   
 

Louis Botsford

Andrea Maybaum

Sudhir Lay Dean Labarba
Peyton Simon    Tony Roberts Robert Paprocki  Dan Foley
 Gretchen & Corbin Dobschutz  James Avery III
 
Raymond Leiva Alison Frech
Jacqueline Marshall Emilie Phelps Elena Redelsheimer Christian Duran
Brent Boberg Heather White Shannon Whittet    Matthew Kwong

Alumni Update - Fall 2015

Bruce Sledge (81-86) sang Rigoletto this last summer at the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in the fall at the Vancouver, B.C. Opera. He is scheduled to sing Maometto II at the Canadian Opera in Toronto in the spring.

Phyllis Bostwick Goodwin (1949) says she will always be grateful to the Wilson High PTA for providing her with the opportunity to attend Arrowbear in 1949. It was an exciting experience playing violin in the orchestra and smaller ensemble groups as well as accompanying, on piano, fantastic soloists. She has been a church organist all these years. Mr. O., Jim Mitchell, Nick Furjanick, and many other fine musicians inspired them all. She and her husband sent their children to Arrowbear. Thank God for MUSIC and for being able to share and experience it at Arrowbear!

Karen Michele (Chelle) Urbanek (64-66) attended Arrowbear at the end of her 7th, 8th, and 9th grade years, 1964-1966. She’s kept in touch with Pat (Wall) Richardson, Linda Tempkin, and Linda (Hammel) Allen and others from that era. She continued playing her violin at Occidental College, in quartets now and then, and most recently with local orchestras – Palomar College, Riverside Community, and the Inland Valley Symphony. She served as secretary on the IVS Board three years and appreciates the effort it takes to provide string programs for youth in SoCal. She will never forget the fun, the stress of music theory, the joy of open air rehearsals, and the pride of performing for the parents that Arrowbear provided.


Alumni Update - Spring 2015

Gil Bishop (54-56) really enjoyed the “10th Anniversary Edition”. It was a little before his time, but he knew all the staff listed. Harriet Dorrans was special. Nic Furjanick was The Best. With his help, Gil qualified and played in the MENC Orchestra as 1st trombone in 1957.

Bruce Sledge (81-86) is singing the lead tenor role in “Mary Stuart” at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Sweden, in March through May, 2015.

Karen Lindfors Dickel (67-71) grew up in Duarte, and her dad was the city band/music director from 1959-1971. He knew the Ohlendorf’s and made a strong connection with the camp. In the late ‘60s, he made great efforts to make sure a few of his students went to camp every summer, herself included. She made many friends from those summers at camp, and she looked forward to seeing them every summer. She was not a great musician, but somehow camp brought out the best in her. Thanks to Facebook, she has reconnected with a few of her old pals. A recent resurgence in the Duarte music program has established a new scholarship in her dad’s name (Don Lindfors) and last year they sent four campers. They are hoping to raise funds to do the same this coming summer.

Sarah Solberg (66-88) is retired and loving it. She is currently playing in the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the Southern Utah reed trio, and the pit orchestra for “The King and I”.

Deborah Trutanich Faust (66-68) used to go to the Ohlendorf’s home in Long Beach and pick up boxes of chocolate candy bars once a month and sell them door-to-door to order to pay the money to attend choral camp in the 1960s. Beautiful memories! Bless the Ohlendorfs!

In Memorium

Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner passed away on April 1. She was a Staff member at Arrowbear’s first session in 1942. The Note biography from that first summer said about her, “Charlotte Brejcha is a graduate of Redlands University where she majored in music. Charlotte is an excellent pianist, French horn, and string bass player. At camp she worked with the brass section. Besides her splendid help musically, Charlotte’s pleasing personality and social leadership aided greatly in the success of the camp activities.” Charlotte thought highly of Nicholas Furjanick and always indicted her donations to us were in his memory. She will be missed.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 40-50 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us .57 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $44.29. The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 50 and 60 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net. Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move. If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.   
 

Louis Botsford

Andrea Maybaum

Sudhir Lay Dean Labarba
Peyton Simon    Tony Roberts Robert Paprocki  Dan Foley
 Gretchen & Corbin Dobschutz  James Avery III
 
Raymond Leiva Alison Frech
Jacqueline Marshall Emilie Phelps Elena Redelsheimer Christian Duran
Brent Boberg Heather White Shannon Whittet    Matthew Kwong

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Fall 2015

Bruce Sledge (81-86) sang Rigoletto this last summer at the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in the fall at the Vancouver, B.C. Opera. He is scheduled to sing Maometto II at the Canadian Opera in Toronto in the spring.

Phyllis Bostwick Goodwin (1949) says she will always be grateful to the Wilson High PTA for providing her with the opportunity to attend Arrowbear in 1949. It was an exciting experience playing violin in the orchestra and smaller ensemble groups as well as accompanying, on piano, fantastic soloists. She has been a church organist all these years. Mr. O., Jim Mitchell, Nick Furjanick, and many other fine musicians inspired them all. She and her husband sent their children to Arrowbear. Thank God for MUSIC and for being able to share and experience it at Arrowbear!

Karen Michele (Chelle) Urbanek (64-66) attended Arrowbear at the end of her 7th, 8th, and 9th grade years, 1964-1966. She’s kept in touch with Pat (Wall) Richardson, Linda Tempkin, and Linda (Hammel) Allen and others from that era. She continued playing her violin at Occidental College, in quartets now and then, and most recently with local orchestras – Palomar College, Riverside Community, and the Inland Valley Symphony. She served as secretary on the IVS Board three years and appreciates the effort it takes to provide string programs for youth in SoCal. She will never forget the fun, the stress of music theory, the joy of open air rehearsals, and the pride of performing for the parents that Arrowbear provided.


Alumni Update - Spring 2015

Gil Bishop (54-56) really enjoyed the “10th Anniversary Edition”. It was a little before his time, but he knew all the staff listed. Harriet Dorrans was special. Nic Furjanick was The Best. With his help, Gil qualified and played in the MENC Orchestra as 1st trombone in 1957.

Bruce Sledge (81-86) is singing the lead tenor role in “Mary Stuart” at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Sweden, in March through May, 2015.

Karen Lindfors Dickel (67-71) grew up in Duarte, and her dad was the city band/music director from 1959-1971. He knew the Ohlendorf’s and made a strong connection with the camp. In the late ‘60s, he made great efforts to make sure a few of his students went to camp every summer, herself included. She made many friends from those summers at camp, and she looked forward to seeing them every summer. She was not a great musician, but somehow camp brought out the best in her. Thanks to Facebook, she has reconnected with a few of her old pals. A recent resurgence in the Duarte music program has established a new scholarship in her dad’s name (Don Lindfors) and last year they sent four campers. They are hoping to raise funds to do the same this coming summer.

Sarah Solberg (66-88) is retired and loving it. She is currently playing in the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the Southern Utah reed trio, and the pit orchestra for “The King and I”.

Deborah Trutanich Faust (66-68) used to go to the Ohlendorf’s home in Long Beach and pick up boxes of chocolate candy bars once a month and sell them door-to-door to order to pay the money to attend choral camp in the 1960s. Beautiful memories! Bless the Ohlendorfs!

In Memorium

Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner passed away on April 1. She was a Staff member at Arrowbear’s first session in 1942. The Note biography from that first summer said about her, “Charlotte Brejcha is a graduate of Redlands University where she majored in music. Charlotte is an excellent pianist, French horn, and string bass player. At camp she worked with the brass section. Besides her splendid help musically, Charlotte’s pleasing personality and social leadership aided greatly in the success of the camp activities.” Charlotte thought highly of Nicholas Furjanick and always indicted her donations to us were in his memory. She will be missed.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 40-50 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us .57 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $44.29. The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 50 and 60 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net. Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move. If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.   
 

Louis Botsford

Andrea Maybaum

Sudhir Lay Dean Labarba
Peyton Simon    Tony Roberts Robert Paprocki  Dan Foley
 Gretchen & Corbin Dobschutz  James Avery III
 
Raymond Leiva Alison Frech
Jacqueline Marshall Emilie Phelps Elena Redelsheimer Christian Duran
Brent Boberg Heather White Shannon Whittet    Matthew Kwong

Alumni Update - Fall 2014

Bruce Sledge (81-86) sang this last summer at the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was the lead tenor in both Le Rossignol by Stravinsky and The Impresario by Mozart.

Tom Sims (47-50) recalls that his mother and Fred Ohlendorf were friends in their high school years in northern Minnesota.

Gayleen Hood Marmarelis (68-74) has many fold of memories of Arrowbear and music continues to be a part of her life. Mr. Ohlendorf was a wonderful example and inspiration to her.

D. Wilson Ochoa (79-82) just began a new job as Principal Librarian with the Boston Symphony in June 2014.rchestra in 1984 as Section Principal Horn. Fred Ohlendorf was wonderful and truly inspirational.

In Memorium

Carol Rasmussen Malloy passed away on May 16. She was a camper from 1948-1951. She remembered her time at Arrowbear with great fondness.

Janet Tuttle Cavadini passed away in July 2014. She was a camper in the 1940's. Donations in her memory by family and friends will be given out as a violin scholarship in the spring

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.12 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 55 cents each. For the Spring Newsletter, this cost us $50.05. The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

James Linen Jerry and Susan Bartkus Sarah Pernaud Couzinet Kira Grey
Christopher Johnson William Ardelean Bethany Todd Gregory Robinson
Alex Castro Kari Bush Bethany Branderfino Thai Ron Sorensen
  Helena Hoang Tim Espinosa  

Alumni Update - Spring 2014

Edward Allen attended Arrowbear a few times before graduating from Wilson High in Long Beach in 1963. Since then, he joined the Utah Symphony in 1965 as third Horn and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1984 as Section Principal Horn. Fred Ohlendorf was wonderful and truly inspirational.

Helen Graham Freeborn (42-48) has such fond memories of camp. She was at the first year of camp. Her last year she was a counselor. Fred Ohlendorf had a great influence in her life.

Vina Mae Sippel Woodland (42 – 47) also attended the first camp and remembers that Charlotte Brejcha was the counselor. Her parents helped with camp for over thirty years.

Brooke Hearons Hicks (48-56) says Mr. Ohlendorf, then Supervisor of Music in Long Beach, helped her to win a scholarship to the University of Louisville and a job with the Louisville Orchestra. There she met her husband to be. They both played in the L.O. for 45 years. She has been retired for many years, but still enjoys playing her cello. Arrowbear changed the focus of her life, and she is so very glad it did.

Kirk Watilo (68-76) took a job managing communities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates back in May 2012, and what an experience it was. Great culture, friendly people from all over the world, but a very different way of conducting business. He worked for a firm owned by the ruler of Dubai, so it was interesting working closely with Muslims. He is back home now in Southern California.

Bruce Sledge (81-85) sang the lead tenor role in “Anna Bolena” at the Bordeaux Opera in Bordeaux, France in April and May, 2014. 

In Memorium

Akira Endo passed away on April 3 at the age of 75. He was a camper, counselor, conductor, and a ping pong player extraordinaire at Arrowbear. You can visit facebook.com/endosfinale for more information and photos on his life and distinguished career.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 55 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $40.57 The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have
their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

Greg Lewis William Ardelean Madeline Eaton Kristian Bales
Kari Bush Vicky Lukasik Colorado Jackson Sarah Pernaud Couzinet
  Zachary Blender Brent Boberg  

Alumni Update - Fall 2013

Bruce Sledge (81-85) will be singing “Mary Stuart” at the Welsh National Opera September - December 2013, the Boston Lyric Opera in March 2014, and the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico in the summer of 2014.

Steven Pashby (70-72) retired from a great trade after 36 years and at age 54. He now has the time to give back. He is mentoring the trombone section at the high school he attended himself - Duarte High School in the San Gabriel Valley area. He is playing in five different groups now, covering all types of music. He remembers receiving three scholarships to go to camp in 1970-72.

Gil Bishop (54-56) is playing in Vintage Brass, Brass Triumphant, West Shore Orchestra, and in the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band which is one of the best in Pennsylvania.

Art Hopkins (45-46) is 82 years old and playing in a trio, a quintet, a piano quartet, and a local symphony orchestra. He was a recipient of a scholarship in the mid-40s and without the help of Fred Ohlendorf, Nicolas
Furjanick, and others he would not be enjoying this privilege.

Bob Walton (60-67) has a new musical story recently published on a British website. It's about Thomas Tallis, a name he first heard fifty years ago from Sarge one fine morning at Camp. They were on a porch of the first
aid building. Here's the link: http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/thomas-tallis-the-tudor-variations.html

Ed Allen (60s) graduated from Wilson High School in 1963. Since then he joined the Utah Symphony in 1965 as third Horn and the New Zealand Symphony Orchesta in 1984 as Section Principal Horn. Fred Ohlendorf was
wonderful and truly inspirational.

“I believe in music as an enrichment for anyone, and I believe that the more they can perform in beautiful organizations of great music and get inspiration and happy memories of great pieces performed...the richer their lives will be.”

— Fred Ohlendorf

Coaching During Chamber Week

Last summer I spent a week coaching during the mid-week of Arrowbear’s Symphonic session. The chamber groups work on music from Sunday evening to Wednesday morning when they all play a concert in the Ohlendorf Bowl. Then they switch to new music and perform again on Saturday morning. This was the first time in ten years that I was able to spend time at Camp coaching. I had two string ensembles to work with during the week. I really enjoyed watching each of the groups improve with each rehearsal. Having a chamber music experience for an entire week is something many of these campers do not have access to in their regular school programs.

Every evening there was a Musical in the dining hall. If I understood correctly, the Musicals are only during this week. Sometimes one of the ensembles performed, but it was generally an opportunity for solos. What a great opportunity to hear the developing talent and watch the students overcome their nerves to perform for their fellow campers.

It was also great to see and work with many of the scholarship winners. We award the money, but we usually do not have the opportunity to see them in action. I will say that the money you donated was not wasted on these campers. They worked hard at rehearsal and seemed to enjoy all the camp activities.

What a fun time working with past Arrowbearites and new staff members. Some folks stayed for the entire week; others, like Laura and myself, came for part of the week. This groups was so devoted and brought years of musical experience to share with the campers. It was also great fun to share past Arrowbear memories with old friends. Please forgive me if I forget someone: Sarah Solberg, Ellen Deffner, James Aki, K.C. Still, Kent Hayworth, Stacy Burcham, Desmond Stevens, and Juanita Jackson. Perhaps some of you will be able to join us next summer.

Memories:

I am a very real “voice from the past.” I was on the staff for the very first two years of Arrowbear’s conception. I was in the orchestra at Wilson High School when Nicolas Furjanick first started at Wilson. I played string bass in the orchestra in the canvas-sided army barrack bungalow after the Long Beach earthquake, 1st chair French horn in the Long Beach Women’s Symphony under Eva Anderson, string bass in the San Pedro Symphony under Robert Resta, and was piano soloist with both orchestras. Even at age 93, I have never forgotten those summers at Arrowbear Music Camp. The comradery, the fun, and the joy of making real music in such fabulous surroundings. Too bad all city kids can’t experience it. The crime statistics would drop like a rock!

I treasure my memories of Arrowbear and pictures pop into my mind at the mention of it. Tell the children they will have a lifetime of wonderful memories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.12 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 55 cents each. For the Spring Newsletter, this cost us $42.45. The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

Bill Ardelean Jeff Driskill Marianne Veach Thea King
Kirsten Solomon Rick Becker Nicole Liner-Jigamian William & David Puch

Alumni Update - Spring 2013

Sarah Solberg (66 – 85 and 2012) retired from Foreign Service. She is now serving as Diplomat in Residence at Southern Utah University. She enjoys playing clarinet with the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the S.W. Utah Wind Trio, and ad hoc groups. She was a coach during the middle week of Advanced Session last summer.

Wallace Umber – is a retired band/orchestra director. His two sons and one daughter were campers in the 1960s – 1970s. They all remember Fred and the Directors’ Weekend Band.

Gil Bishop (54 – 56) is still playing with the West Shore Symphony, the Vintage Brass Quintet, and the Brass Triumphant which is a 10-piece brass group.

Nancy Strobridge Chase (48 – 52) retired from the Santa Barbara Symphony after playing for 55 years and with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for 25 years. She is continuing to teach young bass players with the inspiration of her first teacher – Mr. O.

Bob Walton (60 - 67) His Civil War novel Dawn Drums is now officially published on Amazon, Smashmouth and Ingram.

In Memorium

Glen Hoover passed away on December 25, 2012. He was a music teacher in Long Beach and taught at Arrowbear for many years. He consistently donated to our organization in memory of Bob Simmergren. He will be sincerely missed


Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $51.44 The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

Taryn Lennert Aya Strauss Brad McMurray Alise Moore
Elena Redelsheimer Mary McKelvy Billy Stevens Ryan Jacobs
Jonah Hirsch Lisa Bond Audrey Babcock Samantha Williams

Coaches Needed – Volunteer Position for Advanced Session

Chamber Week July 22 - 27

This summer we will continue to dedicate the middle week of our high school session to chamber music. We have a great group already on board and are looking for a few more professional musicians (or those with experience coaching high school-aged students) to join us. At this point we are especially in need of string coaches. A local cabin will be rented for volunteers, and we invite you to join us for meals and as much of the non-musical portion of the program as you like. The week will be divided in two, and coaches are welcome to stay for the full week or just the first or second half. If you are interested, please contact Dennis for more information at 909-­528-­9662 or info@arrowbear.com.

Thank you!


Work Weekends

Hello Arrowbearites!

We have tons of work to be done this spring in preparation for our 2013 season. If you have any free time and would like to help us out, please email info@arrowbear.com or call Larke at 562-225-7766 for details.

We truly appreciate all the help!

Thank you
 


When life’s tune is agitato,
Take the tempo moderato.
Add a touch of gay staccato,
And play it in the key of glee.

If the theme is flat and minor,
In a major mood designer.
Modulate to something finer,
And play it in the key of glee.

Anonymous


Alumni Update - Fall 2012

Keith Mitchell (94 - 96) plays the drums in the platinum CD selling music group Mazzy Star. Mazzy Star played the Coachella Music Festival this year and is playing many European festivals this year. Mazzy Star is releasing their fourth LP this year.

Paul Mitchell (94-96) is a member of the band the Brook Lee Catastrophe. He played viola and guitar for Mazzy Star’s U.S. dates and plays viola on a song on Mazzy Star’s next CD.

Erlyn Gould Madsen (57-58) Mr. Fred Ohlendorf was such a great and awesome influence in my life. I can never say enough good about him.

Dr. Stuart Farber (45 – 48) Few things have had the impact of music in my life as has Arrowbear Music Camp. The friendships at Arrowbear, including Arnold Hogarth and Mr. Ohlendorf, were lasting and memorable.

Art Hopkins (45-46) I remember the two sessions that I spent with you all and the various orchestras with Fred Ohlendorf and Nic Furjanic for several years in Long Beach in the 1940s. I still play in orchestra and string quartets/quintets weekly and also a piano quartet.

Gil Bishop (54-56) is still actively playing trombone in the West Shore Symphony, Greater Harrisburg Concert Band, and the Vintage Brass Quintet in Pennsylvania.

In Memorium

Herbert Guthmann passed away on August 12, 2012, from cancer.


    “I love life at Arrowbear. Nights are cool, and days are fair. Not a worry, not a care. Just music, music, music!” I had a terrific time coaching during the middle chamber music week of Advanced Session this last summer. Oh, to belong again, even in a small way, instead of just being a visitor for the day. It was wonderful.

    I read Kent Hayworth’s letter in the Spring Newsletter about his experiences at camp the previous summer. I was so envious of him. I thought I would be part of the coaching group then, too, but our own vacation plans kept me from attending. I was determined not to be left out again.

    I arrived Tuesday evening just in time to be assigned to work with a flute/oboe trio. They were a great group of young musicians. The oboe player wasn’t feeling well, so I was drafted to play his part for the concert the next day. Nothing like jumping in with both feet! It was great fun.

    The chamber groups work on music from Sunday evening to Wednesday morning when they all play a concert in the Ohlendorf Bowl (what we old-timers call the Orchestra Bowl). Then they switch to new music and perform again on Saturday morning. I continued working with the flue/oboe trio, plus rotated around through the several clarinet ensembles to offer them suggestions. The Campers were all so enthusiastic and very accepting of me helping them out.

    Every evening there was a Musical in the dining hall. If I understood correctly, the Musicals are only during this week. Sometimes one of the ensembles performed, but it was generally an opportunity for solos. The passion for music is alive and well at Arrowbear. It was clear, though, that a fair number of the campers don’t have access to private lessons which is probably a sign of the economy. This is an area that needs someone to take charge and establish a system for helping promising young musicians get private lessons.

    It was really rewarding to meet so many of the campers our organization helped to attend Camp. A few figured out that I was connected to the scholarship program and came up to thank me and all of you. Most of the recipients didn’t have a clue who I was which was just fine. It was also great fun “hanging out” with old Arrrowbear friends again: Sarah Solberg, Ellen Porter Deffner, Anna Adkisson Ford, Claudia Fitzpatrick Hoskins, Kent Hayworth, Stacy Burcham, and Liz Meripol Vader. I made new friends, too, with younger adult Arrowbearites who came up as coaches. I can hardly wait for next summer to do it all over again.

      Laura Dean Kusaba

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.12 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Spring Newsletter, this cost us $35.80 The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

Alexandria McAdoo Margaret Gilinsky Lisa Ness Bob & Elizabeth Harrington
Geena Gauthier Adam Silvers Anna Marie Cearley Karen Brown
Samantha Williams Sophie Park Gary Gillian Nicole Arthur
       

Alumni Update - Spring 2012

Bruce Sledge (81-86) will be singing the tenor role in “Maometto II” at the Santa Fe Opera in July and the tenor role in “Mary Stuart” at the Welsh Opera in Cardiff, Wales, in the fall of 2013.

Nate Knight (91-03) is expecting his first child’s arrival in May. Congratulations!

Clarance Knutson (67 - 71) has been a music educator/choir director for 37 years - 5 years in Ventura, CA, and 32 years, and counting, in Castle Rock, WA.

Arnold Hogarth (48 - 49) is moving to France. He wanted to say hi, in particular, to his old pal Dr. Stu Farber, not only a good on the tympani's, but a fine quarterback, too - Dick Waller, one time arch clarinet competitor and a truly outstanding musician, Herb Guthmann, tail gate dixieland trombonist extraordinaire, from 1949-50, - and best wishes to anyone else that knew him. Such found memories he has of those days. We wish him the best in his new home.ack to Arrowbear.

I had a wonderful experience at camp last summer, and I want to take a moment to share it with all of you in the hope you may also want to share in the fun this summer also.

As I am sure most of you who read this newsletter know that for the last several summers Dennis has made an appeal for some of us "old timers" to consider coming up for the second week of the Advanced Session to serve as coaches for some of the many chamber music groups that camp breaks into during that week. Dennis has a vision of someday having small ensembles of us "relics" acting as "ensembles in residence" during this week to both coach ensembles and have some fun playing time for ourselves as well, think "reliving our youth".

Dennis first told me about this idea a few years ago backstage at Roger Johnson's retirement concert, and I thought it sounded like a great idea and wonderful fun. I decided on the spot that I wanted to give this plan of Dennis' a try. Well, like all of us, my schedule keeps pulling me in many different directions and each year something came up, and I wasn't able to go up to camp on the given week so I would put it off until next year. Last year I decided it was time and, even though I had to be out of state for the first half of the week in question, I went for the second part of the week. I worked with two woodwind quintets, and I had a fabulous time doing it. The kids were wonderful, I imagine just like we were back in our days at Arrowbear. Well, almost like we were, I don't remember any of us having rainbow-colored hair or piercings, but other than that, they are just like we were and work so hard at making great music. It was an absolute joy to be able to work with these talented young musicians.

I had such a good time that I am planning on spending the same week (July 22-28) up at camp this year coaching again, and I would enjoy having some of you come and join as well. Dennis has plans for how to accommodate those of us that do this and I know that he would love to hear from some of you who might be interested. Wouldn't it be great if we could have a string quartet and a brass quintet or woodwind quintet of us "old timers" at camp this summer, or even better how about also a horn quartet?

If you are like me, life has a way of running you over with things to do. I want to encourage you, if this sounds interesting, to please seriously consider it. If you are interested, give Dennis or Larke a call. If you want to get more of my thoughts on the experience please feel free to call me at 909-337-6467 or e-mail me at akhayworth@aol.com.


I hope to see some of you this summer.


Kent Hayworth

Alumni Coaches Needed for Advanced Session 2012

I am anxious for all our alumni to know about our current oldest instrumental session and their opportunity to be part of it. For the last four summers, our high school session has been a three-week experience. The first and last week's routine has been basically the same as always. However, we have given the middle week to chamber music with a variety of add-on staff assisting us. As we learn how to make this work, each year has been more successful and smoother than before. When we began this plan, I had the idea that some of our (semi) professional alumni would be part of the leadership for that week. We could rent some local cabins, have a string quartet, woodwind quintet, and maybe a brass quartet in residence. It could be a reunion (and music making) for old camp friends and give us the staff to make that week wonderful. It would even be possible to have some alumni at only part of the week because we have settled into a structure where each half week is spent on different pieces with every group performing Wednesday, changing music and finishing Saturday morning. This summer the week will be July 22 to 28. If anyone is interested to be part of this please email me at dennis@arrowbear.com.

In Memorium

Dr. Hanna Hoesli passed away on February 17, 2012, from a rare form of lymphoma. She was a camper and counselor in the 60s and 70s.

Paul Benadik passed away in March 2012. He was a camper and counselor from 1942 – 1948.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Spring and Fall Newsletters, this cost us $85.70 The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know how to contact any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city. certain city.

Cate Manzo Ronald Eichstedt Tara Glazer Lori Craig Buckner Tami Zink
Sarah Gerald Matt Allen Geena Gauthier Faith Ann Freeman Christina Riddle
Elizabeth Koechling Joseph Koechling Rudy Rodriguez Virginia Griffin Bonnie Martin
Andrew Warren Allyson Pointer Melissa Wey Kiernan Cavanaugh Eloise Dickey
Ana Romo        

Alumni Update - Fall 2011

Robert Walton (75-83) was selected as the winner of the science fiction writing contest sponsored by RosettaBooks for his novella entitled Vienna Station. The work will be published as an e-book in The Galaxy Project collection available on Kindle by Amazon.

Dr. Stuart Farber (45-46) says it all started with the open air truck ride from Long Beach to Arrowbear –what fun! – with a stop in San Bernardino for malts.

Marian Kent (60s) describes her summers at Arrowbear as some of her most memorable and rewarding experiences of her life. After receiving scholarships to Cal Arts, Juilliard, and the New England Conservatory, she played with the American Symphony under the direction of Leopold Stokowsky. In 1972, she accepted a section viola position with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra where she still plays today. There are quite a number of major orchestral works that she was exposed to for the first time at Arrowbear.
To this day, whenever these works are performed in the symphony season, the memories come flooding back, instantly transporting her back to Arrowbear.

In Memorium

Mitch Berman – September 5, 2011, only two months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Mitch was the executive director of the Wichita Symphony for 31 years. He will be missed.


Arrowbear Wall of Fame

More than 10 years ago, the AMA Board created the Wall of Fame to recognize the people whose contributions to Arrowbear made the experience of a summer music camp session magical for the campers. We’ve added additional names at nearly every Reunion since that first year. The people we have recognized have a bronze plaque with their name and job title permanently affixed to the back of the orchestra bowl – called the Ohlendorf Bowl these days. The current inductees include: Joe Burger, Phil Ellithorpe, Fran Harding, Robert Gibson, Michael Pappone, and Clarence Sawhill.

We are pleased to present the new inductees we will honor at the Reunion:

Akira Endo – graduated from Wilson High in Long Beach where he played under Nicolas Furjanick. By 1962, he was the principal second violin and assistant conductor of the Long Beach Symphony. In the late1960s, Akira led the symphony as its interim conductor while he was teaching and conducting at LBCC. He was a camper and conductor at camp during the 60s and 70s, particularly remembered for leading the Reading Sessions. He returned to Arrow-bear in 1986 as the orchestra conductor of the high school session. He held conducting posts with the American Ballet Theatre, Westside Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Hamilton Philharmonic in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Conductor of the Colorado Ballet until he retired.

Jim Mitchell – was the Dean of Boys and Mr. O.’s assistant during the 1940s and 1950s, a job that would later become Joe Burger’s. He taught band and orchestra at Jefferson Junior High in Long Beach before moving to Wilson High to teach English. He was an excellent teacher who never pestered his students. He just put the assignments on the board and expected the students to follow through. He was a good violin and viola player. He was great with the campers. He was very easy-going. He remained calm and never got mad or raised his voice. He could do any task needed at Camp because he was a man of many talents.

Carl Lindgren – was on the Faculty at the very first session of Arrowbear in 1942. He was a fine conductor who worked at Camp until 1947. Around 1943, he took a leave of absence as a history teacher at Wilson High in Long Beach to serve with the USO in the Pacific Theatre. He entertained the troops. He could play anything on the piano and loved jazz piano especially. He led the jazz band at Arrowbear and served in many other capacities. He had a fabulous personality and the young people adored him. He died of a brain tumor at age 47. Carl was also in the USC Marching band and a good friend there of the Director, Clarence Sawhill.

Allan McMurray - a recognized authority on conducting pedagogy and wind repertoire, is the Robert and Judy Charles Endowed Professor of Music, Chair of the Conducting Faculty, and Director of Bands at University of Colorado–Boulder, a position he has held since 1978. Considered one of the world’s leading teachers of conducting, Professor McMurray has guest conducted and taught in 45 states and 15 foreign countries. Arrowbear was fortunate that Allan conducted the band at Senior Session from 1985-1994. During several of those summers, he offered a conducting class at camp for his students from the university who came with him to work with the campers.
 


Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Memorial Fund

It's OFFICIAL - the Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Memorial Fund for the Maintenance and Upkeep of camp!! In honor of and tribute to Carole, a fund has been set up to deal with all maintenance, building, repair and upkeep for camp. The goal is $30-50,000 (yes, THOUSAND!!). Much needs to be done to restore the luster and sheen to camp, and to give Dennis and Larke the ability to hire professionals to come in to do the plumbing, electricity and building work. With the Reunion just four months away, this is a timely way to honor Carole!! Please send all donations to:

KC Still - 1110 Stannage Ave. #D, Albany, CA 94706

I will be handling all donations (not tax deductible, I'm sorry) and deposits. Please make checks out to: Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Memorial Fund. Thank you in advance and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion! My phone is 917.854.7179 and my email is KCStill@aol.com.

KC Still - camper, kitchen staff, counselor, staff - 1970s and now.

This project is completely separate from Arrowbear Music Associates.
None of the funds donated for this project will go toward music camp scholarships.


Alumni Coaches Needed for Advanced Session 2011

I am anxious for all our alumni to know about our current oldest instrumental session and their opportunity to be part of it.  For the last four summers, our high school session has been a three-week experience.  The first and last week's routine has been basically the same as always.  However, we have given the middle week to chamber music with a variety of add-on staff assisting us  As we learn how to make this work, each year has been more successful and smoother than before.  When we began this plan, I had the idea that some of our (semi)professional alumni would be part of the leadership for that week.  We could rent some local cabins, have a string quartet, woodwind quintet, and maybe a brass quartet in residence.  It could be a reunion (and music making) for old camp friends and give us the staff to make that week won-derful.  It would even be possible to have some alumni at only part of the week because we have settled into a structure where each half week is spent on different pieces with every group performing Wednesday, changing music and finishing Saturday morning.  Next year the week will be July 24 to 30.  If anyone is interested to be part of this please e-mail me at  dennis@arrowbear.com


Alumni Update - Spring 2011

Susan Gall Sims (75-83) graduated from medical school at Northwestern University and is now an orthopedic surgery resident at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. Coincidentally, starting her residency in Rochester in 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of starting her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music which is right across town. Funny how life works, isn’t it?

Lisa Holzman (71-96) is the Development Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony and celebrating 20 years as a kidney transplant recipient.

Bruce Sledge (82-87) is singing “Rigoletto” at the Avenches Opera Festival in Avenches, Switzerland, in July 2011. The festival is held in an open-air 2,000 year-old Roman coliseum every summer.

John Greenville (49-50) credits Mr. Ellithorpe and Mr. O. as the major reasons he is successful as an adult. He is a hands-on (learn by doing) learner that dang near failed the teaching methods of 60 years ago, but for these two fine men. They gave him the confidence to succeed and confidence in himself.


Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $31.90. The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know the whereabouts of any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

James Rodriguez

Claudia Kiser

Kristin Johnson

 Jay Subida

Alexandra Thomsen

 Tricia Lee

Camilla MacFarlane

Shelley Dill Lynch

 Jasmine Lau

Mallory Tamanaha

Kelley Casey

Tomoji Mizuguchi



Alumni Update - Fall 2010

Alumni Coaches Needed for Advanced Session 2011

I am anxious for all our alumni to know about our current oldest instrumental session and their opportunity to be part of it.  For the last four summers, our high school session has been a three-week experience.  The first and last week's routine has been basically the same as always.  However, we have given the middle week to chamber music with a variety of add-on staff assisting us  As we learn how to make this work, each year has been more successful and smoother than before.  When we began this plan, I had the idea that some of our (semi)professional alumni would be part of the leadership for that week.  We could rent some local cabins, have a string quartet, woodwind quintet, and maybe a brass quartet in residence.  It could be a reunion (and music making) for old camp friends and give us the staff to make that week won-derful.  It would even be possible to have some alumni at only part of the week because we have settled into a structure where each half week is spent on different pieces with every group performing Wednesday, changing music and finishing Saturday morning.  Next year the week will be July 24 to 30.  If anyone is interested to be part of this please e-mail me at  dennis@arrowbear.com

 

D. Wilson Ochoa (79-82) had two more of his orchestral transcriptions published this spring: Prokofiev’s “March in Bb Major, op.99” (orchestra version on rental from G. Schirmer); Henry Fillmore’s “Rolling Thunder March” (orchestra version for sale from Ludwig Masters Publications).

Dick Waller (43-52) is currently working on his 4th career. He retired after 34 years as principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. In Aspen, he was also founder and artistic director of “House Music Concerts.” He founded the Linton Chamber Music Series in 1978 and, after 30 years, recently passed the leadership to Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. He has an art studio in Cincinnati which can be seen at dickwaller.com.

Michael Meckna (57-68) is looking forward eagerly to the 70th Reunion. In addition to all those he saw at the 65th Reunion, he hopes to see: Dennis Bartells, Jim Hopkins, Jay Kohorn, “Lassie”, Rick & Marion, Steve Romansky, Ann Tyndall, Lee Smith, Nancy Van Kyle, and others.

Bob Richardson (1950s) is currently teaching violin and playing in two orchestras and two quartets in Siskiyou County, CA. He was a student of Gardner Roth and then Leah Seykora. He can remember selling concert tickets for Camila Wicks to earn money for Arrowbear. He has many, many fond memories of Mr. O. and his days at Arrowbear.

Bernice Mitchell Hallam (42-47) is looking for lost Arrowbearites Nancy Davies and Norma Jean Rutherford. If you know how to reach them, please contact her at BerniceandKirk@gmail.com.

Bruce Sledge (82-87) is singing the lead tenor role in “The Magic Flute” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on December 29, 2010, and January 6, 2011.

Dr. Stuart Farber (45-47) credits the instruction and playing at Camp for preparing him to be 1st chair tympani at Franklin Jr. High, Poly High, LBCC, & in All-City Orchestra. Most important, he credits Arrowbear for an appreciation of classical music and excellent orchestras.

In Memorium

Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader – June 26, 2010, from liver failure.

Darrell Orwig – Jan. 31, 2010, from liver cancer.  He was the organist and musical director at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Long Beach for 29 years until his retirement in 1996. He was a camper in the 1940s and a well-known violinist during his school years.

Byron Morihara in Spring 2010. He was a camper in 1958. His daughter was a camper in the 1990s. He was a faithful supporter of our scholarship fund.

Jerry Winter was a camper from 1948-1953.

Kathy Helvey Donaldson – May 26, 2010. She was a camper in the 1980s who put her career in chemical engineering on hold to be a full time mom and be active in her community.

Jean Cox Selover passed away on July 29, 2010.  She was a violinist and camper at Arrowbear during the mid-1940s, where she met her future husband, Jim Selover.  Both of her children, Wayne and Sharon Selover, and two of her grandchildren, Michael and Stephanie Selover, were also campers.

Arrowbear Wall of Fame

More than 10 years ago, the AMA Board created the Wall of Fame to recognize the people whose contributions to Arrowbear made the experience of a summer music camp session magical for the campers.  We’ve added additional names at nearly every Reunion since that first year. The people we have recog-nized have a bronze plaque with their name and job title permanently affixed to the back of the orchestra bowl – called the Ohlendorf Bowl these days. All of us on the Board were at camp during the late 60s through the early 80s as campers and staff members so our nominees for induction have been people we remember. We would like to hear you who you think deserves to be included, especially if you’re from other decades than ourselves. The current inductees include: Joe Burger, Phil Ellithorpe, Fran Harding, Robert Gibson, Michael Pappone, and Clarence Sawhill.

We’ve been including short bios on the inductees so you would know who they are and why they were selected. For this issue we present:

Robert Gibson earned both his bachelors and masters degrees in violin performance in only four years at Northwestern. After college, Bob moved to Spokane where he taught music. Eileen Strang, his colleague from Northwestern, invited him to Long Beach, where he interviewed for a teaching position with Fred Ohlendorf.  For thirty years, Bob taught in the Long Beach Unified School District, first as an elementary instrumental music teacher, then as assistant superintendent of music, and finally as orchestra director at Millikan High School. Bob played with the Long Beach Symphony for 28 years, serving as assistant concertmaster from 1960 until 1970. Many of Bob’s summers were spent at Arrowbear where he conducted the junior high orchestras. He was good at construction and even built his own home.  He used those skills to help build some of the buildings at camp. He probably helped to build the trolley porch along with Hal Fraser. He enjoyed participating in all of the camp activities with the campers.

Our next Reunion is next summer in September 2011. Please send us your suggestions for inductees into the Wall of Fame. Please include the person’s name, years at camp, and why you believe the person should be recognized. The names mentioned most frequently by alumni are Jim Mitchell and Carl Lindgren.  If you can share information or memories about these two men, we’d love to hear from you.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $31.90. The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know the whereabouts of any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

Michael Sunder      

Aaron Wharton

Lara Bisgard

Raquel Correa

Kellie Croft

Ramon Hansen

Evelyn Ferks Dugan

Dustin Woodard

Juliann Blake

Nancy Davies

Kellie Croft

Norma Jean Rutherford

 

Cheryl Cameron

 


Alumni Update - Spring 2010

Gayleen Hood Marmarelis (67-74) just finished her Bachelors of Music at CSULB. She offers many thanks to Mr. O. for instilling the love of music so many years ago.

Bob Haskell is teaching strings at the Encore High School for the Performing Arts in Hesperia, California, and is back from 12 years of living in Mexico and teaching English there.

Jim Hopkins (59-75) is a jewelry artist for the past 25 years in Alaska. He has a shop in Juneau that he operates during the summer which keeps him from visiting Arrowbear when the sessions are running. During the rest of the year he lives in Arizona.

 

Art Hopkins (45-46) is still playing chamber music three times a week and occasionally performs and actively composes new music. The beginning foundation for his present activities in music was highly influenced by his music teachers. He was a recipient of a scholarship to Arrowbear and a student of Seykora, Furjanick, and Ohlendorf in school, All-City, and the All-Southern Junior and High School Honor Orchestras.

Please drop us a note or an email to catch everyone up on what you’re doing. We’d be happy to include the information in the newsletter.

In Memorium

Lars Hansen – Jan. 31, 2010, from liver cancer.  He was the Musical director of the LB Civic Light Opera, executive director of the Pasadena Playhouse, and executive director of the Office of Cultural Relations for USC until 2004 when he moved to Palm Springs.

Kathlyn (Katy) Henderson in March 2010. She was a camper and worked as a counselor the last few summers. Our sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

Arrowbear Wall of Fame

More than 10 years ago, the AMA Board created the Wall of Fame to recognize the people whose contributions to Arrowbear made the experience of a summer music camp session magical for the campers.  We’ve added additional names at nearly every Reunion since that first year. The people we have recog-nized have a bronze plaque with their name and job title permanently affixed to the back of the orchestra bowl – called the Ohlendorf Bowl these days. All of us on the Board were at camp during the late 60s through the early 80s as campers and staff members so our nominees for induction have been people we remember. We would like to hear you who you think deserves to be included, especially if you’re from other decades than ourselves. The current inductees include: Joe Burger, Phil Ellithorpe, Fran Harding, Robert Gibson, Michael Pappone, and Clarence Sawhill.

We’ve been including short bios on the inductees so you would know who they are and why they were selected. For this issue we present:

Joe Burger came to Long Beach in 1953 after spending two years in the U.S. army.  He was an elementary music teacher in Long Beach for 35 years and spent each of those 35 summers at Arrowbear as Mr. O’s Assistant Director.  Joe states, “Mr. O was the most outstanding Music Educator in the country.”  In 2005, Joe was awarded The Veteran Teacher Award in recognition of his dedication to        Music Education by the Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association.  He was one of the orchestra conductors for our 65th Reunion in 2006.

Mr. Phil Ellithorpe was the vocal teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach with Nicolas Furjanick as instrumental director. They were considered a notable music team.  Mr. Ellithorpe directed at the Choral Session at Arrowbear in the 50s and 60s.  He always chose selections from popular musicals for the campers to learn at their session which they enjoyed as a chance to perform music that was different from the more serious compositions they learned in their schools.

Our next Reunion is only one year away in 2011. Please send us your suggestions for inductees into the Wall of Fame. Please include the person’s name, years at camp, and why you believe the person should be recognized. The names mentioned so far include Nicolas Furjanick (who has a plaque near the A building), Jim Mitchell, and Pauline Shoup.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $41.80 The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expen-sive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of mov-ing. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know the whereabouts of any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city. 

Nial Morgan

Bianca Henry

Chris King

Olga Artemova

Mary Irvine

Eric Riggs

Daryl Temkin

Cynthia Grinstead

Lily Etner

Simmone Fite

Tara Lotstein

Candice Moore

Lisa Chan

Luke Quinto

Stephen Pratt

 


 

Alumni Update - Fall 2009

Jacob Smith (87-95) is living in Philadelphia with his wife and two young boos. He plays bassoon with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and also helps to administer the Marlboro Music Festival (VT) and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Michael Meckna (58-68) continues to teach music history at Texas Christian University in Fr. Worth. He frequently comes to Long Beach to visit friends and relatives. He likes to go to Breck Dockstader’s Zephyr Vegetarian Café. On a recent trip, he first called to ascertain hours of business and afterward Breck gave the phone over to guess who . . . ? Sarge (AKA Mrs. Frances Harding) who was there enjoying a meal.

Phyllis Bostwick Goodwin (49-50) attended Arrowbear on scholarship the summer before her senior year. She played in the All-City Orchestra, All Southern, and the Women’s Symphony of Long Beach. She is forever grateful to Jim Mitchell, Nic Furjanick, and Fred Ohlendorf for their support and encouragement. Also received great help from Eva M. Anderson, conductor; Georgia Halliday, piano; and Dr. Norman S. Wright, pipe organ. Phyllis performs two concerts a year on the organ and piano.

John Middlebrooks (66-75) has moved back to Southern California with his wife Sylvia after 23 years in exile in Florida and Michigan. He is a professor of neuroscience at UC Irvine. They are glad to be back!

Judy Cochran Kalen (48-58) used to babysit Rick and Carole while Mrs. O gave piano lessons after school in exchange for her own lessons. Nic Furjanick was her violin teacher. She remembers going to Camp in Mr. O’s “truck.”

Bernice Mitchell Hallam (42-47) is looking for friends who played violin with her in the Poly Orchestra in Long Beach. One is Norma Jean Rutherford, and the other is Nancy Davies (Winston was her first married name). She has great memories of the sound of the orchestra outdoors, taps at night followed by a small group of
soloists, and the jazz band. She even sang with the jazz band one year. Please contact her at berniceandkirk@gmail.com if you can help her locate her friends.

Oliver Seely, (55-56) is semi-retired from the Chemistry faculty at CSU Dominguez Hills, but he maintains a (mostly) Clarinet Music Web Page at http://www.csudh.edu/oliver/clarmusi/clarmusi.htm where visitors can down-load free music and MIDI files. He continues to haunt the on-line card catalogs of the world for rare manu-scripts which include the clarinet, so as to be able to sequence them into music notation format and to play along with computer accompaniment. He promises to have a rare work ready to play in the "O" cabin during the 2011 reunion.

In Memorium

Larry Blau was a camper from 1943-1949 who played the French Horn. Our sympathy goes out to his family. He will be missed.

B.T. “Ted” Mills passed away in August 2009. He was an original member of the Arrowbear Board of Directors. His three children were all campers.

Marlene Judy passed away in January of 2008. She was a camper in the late 1940s.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us $1.09 per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Spring Newsletter, this cost us $35.26. The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know the whereabouts of any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.
 

K C Still

Brian Sullivan

William Salvini

Julius Aiono

Patience Pohjala

Erin Hollins

Ed Acosta

Nate Knight

Carol Sager

Qualaun Reed

Mike Moore

 


Alumni Update - Spring 2009

Patricia Gaylord Nader (64-75) is living in the Washington DC area. Two of her four children have chosen careers in music. Her son sings opera and is a choral director for a high school in Arlington, and her daughter is a music education major at the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Brooke Hearons Hicks (49-55) remembers she was awarded a half-scholarship for the two week session in the summer of 1949. She never would have been able to afford Arrowbear otherwise. In fact, her folks had to struggle a bit to come up with the other half - $22.50. So many wonderful summers which inspired so many beautiful dreams.

Dolores DelComa (48-54) remembers there wasn’t a Millikan or Lakewood High when she attended Camp. The campers were primarily from Jordan, Poly and Wilson along with some campers from Fontana and the inland empire and a few from the L.A. schools. She remembers sight reading music from Shermer’s for small orchestras. Conductors came from all around California and even other states. They chose a selection for their orchestras and then cut out those instruments they did not have at their disposal. They wanted to hear how it sounded with a limited orchestra. There was a ham dinner on Saturday night for the locals and then the concert. What a great experience.

David Goldblatt is a graduate of the Julliard School where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. He is the assistant principal viola with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Montreal. He has played with that group since 1996.

Bob Dill (50-83) often directed the band during the first week of Senior Session during the 1960s and into the 1970s. Dr. Sawhill would come the direct the band during the second week.

Kate Conroy Hernandez (77 – 82) plays with the Praise Symphony orchestra. They just finished a tour and mission trip in Chile. They played in many different churches, cultural centers, and auditoriums. Arrowbear alums Kirk Watilo and Virginia Conroy Lumley also played. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Helen Graham Freeborn (42-49) is proud to say that she was in the Jr. High All-City Orchestra (that group is now called the Ohlendorf Honor Orchestra) that was taken to Arrowbear that first year for one week. Her older sister was a nursing student and went as the camp nurse. Helen attended the first 7 years and then was a counselor for 1 year.

In Memorium

 Rob Hooper – Rob lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in April. He was a camper from the early 70s – 1977. We will keep his family in our thoughts. 

Jim Mitchell - Our deepest sympathy goes to Jim’s family.  He was a staff member at camp in the 1960s.

I just learned that Dave Fraser passed away and I'd like to share a memory of him with you all.The winter of 65/66 (I think!) was a tough one at Arrowbear. We lost the bridge to the band bowl and A-building. Project number one at work camp that year was to replace the crucial bridge. Chris Toppen, Dave and I spent a sunny morning toting and lifting various materials for bridge assembly. Jared Ryker was likely around, but he did no lifting. His job was to make fun of the rest of us when we actually did some work. Mr. O. supervised.

As the morning progressed, Mr. O. became more and more irritated with the young men in his charge. The arrogant, condescending solicitousness of youth was on full display. Every time he went to pick something up one of us would snatch it from under his nose and carry it away. We didn't want the old guy to hurt himself or tire himself out.

We got to the main event not too long before lunch. The main support beams, laminated, a foot thick and each twenty-five feet long, had to be hoisted into position. Mr. O. directed Dave, Chris and me to the band bowl side of a beam. He advised us to watch our fingers, use our legs and lift on his count. One, two, three! Muscles bulged, young chests heaved and we pushed the first beam into place. I think Dave even had his shirt off. We grunted in satisfaction and began to make our way to the other end of the beam.

Mr. O. held up his hand. He crouched swiftly, hoisted the beam effortlessly and dropped it into place. Three young jaws hit three young chests. Mr. O. flashed a smile and mumbled, "It's in the legs." He motioned to the other beam. One, two, three! We did it again. So did he.

Here's to you, Dave. And, always, to you, Mr. O.

Bob Walton, Arrowbear 1960 to 1967, Head Counselor in 1967

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us 97 cents per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $30.50 The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40 and 50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to mailto:Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.


If you know the whereabouts of any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.

Jessica Mantel

Bonnie Montoya

Elizabeth McDermott

Jennifer Hamilton

Jeremy Dolnick

Blake Hannagan

Faustino Lopez

Bem Affinito

Rachel Carpentier

Katrina Estrada

Matt Davis

Wesley Schroeder

Shannon Whittet

Don Smith

Robbie Hunt

 

 

 

Arrowbear Wall of Fame



More than 10 years ago, the AMA Board created the Wall of Fame to recognize the people whose contributions to Arrowbear made the experience of a summer music camp session magical for the campers. We’ve added additional names at nearly every Reunion since that first year. The people we have recognized have a bronze plaque with their name and job title permanently affixed to the back of the orchestra bowl – called the Ohlendorf Bowl these days. All of us on the Board were at camp during the late 60s through the early 80s as campers and staff members so our nominees for induction have been people we remember. We plan to include a little bio on the current Wall of Fame members over the next couple of newsletters to introduce them to those of you who attended camp in other decades.

Fran Harding - For nearly thirty years, Mrs. Frances Harding was an integral part of Choral session at Arrowbear. Affectionately known as “Sarge,” she first came to camp in 1953 to be a conductor at one of the junior high sessions. The next summer she joined the Choral session staff and participated in teaching and running the Choral sessions every summer until 1982.
Mrs. Harding began teaching music in the Long Beach Unified School District in 1952 where she met Mr. Ohlendorf, who was then the head music consultant for the schools. She became close life-long friends with both the Ohlendorfs. Even though she retired from teaching in 1982, Mrs. Harding continues to substitute in the Long Beach schools to this day, though she now prefers subbing only for music teachers she knows.
From the Fall 2004 Newsletter

Our next Reunion is only two years away in 2011. Please send us your suggestions for inductees into the Wall of Fame. Please include the person’s name, years at camp, and why you believe the person should be recognized. The names mentioned so far include Nicolas Furjanick (who has a plaque near the A building), Jim Mitchell, and Pauline Shoup.


Alumni Update - Spring 2008

Michelle Pappone Beedy (70-75) currently plays in a community college orchestra and has since 1984. She lives
on 10 acres with 4 horses, 3 cats, 2 birds, 1 dog, and her husband. She is an RVT (registered veterinary technician) and works with a veterinary ophthalmologist.

Sarah Solberg (66-85)
is still working at the Hague though she’s busily “bidding” for her next assignment. Edinburgh is tops on her list. She’s actually eligible for retirement in Feb. 2009. Where has the time gone? The band she’s in is making plans next June to do a joint concert with the American Legion Band of Holland in Michigan.

Michael Meckna (57-69) has been appointed a contributing editor of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music which is scheduled for publication (both paper and online) in 2010.

Jack Hollander (69-76 & 85-90) is music director of the Golden State British Brass Band whose members include former Arrowbearites Joan LaRue, Doug Frankenfeld, Ed Craig, and Jorge Garcia.

D. Wilson Ochoa (79-82) was fortunate to have his new orchestral transcription of Aaron Copland’s “Emblems” premiered by Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony in May. Slatkin also recorded a new version of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with every movement orchestrated by a different arranger. Slatkin asked Wilson to make a new arrangement of the opening movement. This CD was released by Naxos in September.

In Memorium

Arlyne Milbrad Luper – She and her husband, Charles, started going steady at Camp in 1949. There were married 54 years.

 

Lost Arrowbearites

Every mailing we receive newsletters back marked, “Attempted Not Known” or “Forwarding Order Expired.” We hate to have to click on the delete button if we can avoid it. Please take a look at the following names. Do you know where we can find any of these people? It’s most helpful if you have an actual snail mail address or an email address. Just telling us what city the person may be living in is usually not too helpful. If you recognize anyone, please email to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net or call 562-634-5158. We are usually able to update 2-3 names from our “Lost” list each time with your assistance. Try to let us know in advance when you are planning a move. Otherwise, it costs us 97 cents for the post office to let us know, and they aren’t always reliable. The Spring Newsletter returns cost us $35. It adds up over time. Many, many thanks to those of you who do email us with your change of address info. We appreciate it.

Tiffany Hemmer 

Michael Hardridge

Mitchell Feldman

Kaileia Soleil

Jennifer Awramik

Kristina West

Becky Desfor

Lily Broberg

Chris Craig

Katherine Gasparrelli

Janice Kirkman

Dalyn Whaley

Ray Nowak

Clara Cordeiro

Kenneth Mangel

Barbara Barnes

Nial Morgan

Anieska Timms

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”  Nietzsche

Arrowbear Wall of Fame

More than 10 years ago, the AMA Board created the Wall of Fame to recognize the people whose contributions to Arrowbear made the experience of a summer music camp session magical for the campers. We’ve added additional names at nearly every Reunion since that first year. The people we have recognized have a bronze plaque with their name and job title permanently affixed to the back of the orchestra bowl – called the Ohlendorf Bowl these days. In the last edition of the Newsletter, there was an Arrowbear Quiz. One of the questions asked which of the three choices was recognized on the Wall of Fame. One donor wrote to us that the question was the only question she didn’t know the answer to because she didn’t recognize any of the names. “Who are they?” she asked. That made me realize that, of course, each generation would have its own memories of the people who made a difference when they attended Arrowbear. All of us on the Board were at camp during the late 60s through the early 80s as campers and staff members so our nominees for induction have been people we remember. We plan to include a little bio on the current Wall of Fame members over the next couple of newsletters to introduce them to those of you who attended camp in other decades.

Michael Pappone was a conductor for many years at camp. He started teaching in the Long Beach Unified School District in the 1950s at the junior high level. He moved on to conduct the orchestra at Millikan High School, and then to Long Beach City College in the early 70s where he remained until his retirement. He even taught music lessons at Whittakers Music Store in the 50s. We remember him as someone who always conducted one week of the Senior Session at camp. He was someone you never wanted to disappoint. He loved music and was very passionate when he conducted. It was crucial to keep a close eye on his baton since one never knew if he was going to change the tempo to better express the musical emotions he felt while we played during a concert. I learned more about playing with expression from him than from any conductor since. In the early 1970s, he started a “reunion” summer orchestra at LBCC. It was a magical 6 weeks where we sight read music and then performed a concert in the student union. Around 1980, the group was going so well in the summer that the college asked Dr. P to make it a regular class during the school year. The group is still going strong today performing four concerts per year. There are still several of us around who have played for all five of the conductors to lead the group.

Dr. Clarence Sawhill also conducted at the Senior Session at camp throughout the 60s and 70s. He started his teaching career in his home state of Kansas in the public schools. He taught at the University of Illinois and at Interlocken. In 1947, he was persuaded to become the director of bands at USC. In 1952, he moved to UCLA, where he was the director of bands until his retirement in 1972. A student from his years in Kansas wrote, “Mr. Sawhill is . . . a catalyst. He inspires. He makes students devoted to him, and they all want to do their best to please him. His is very human and makes every student feel his personal interest and affection. Consistently, he gets students to perform at a level better than they are basically capable of. I wasn’t ever musical, but he convinced me that I could play well the various flute solos in contest numbers, and somehow I did.” When I played for him at camp in the 70s, I was astonished that the entire first rehearsal was tuning all of us to the tuba. Who was this old guy anyway? Yet, I have never played in any group that was so well in tune as his band. He also rehearsed pieces from the end, and we work our way backwards to the beginning. Sometimes we didn’t play a piece from beginning to end until the concert. When he was pleased with how the rehearsal was going, he would shout, “That’s the time!” That phrase is on his plaque.


Our next Reunion is only two years away. Please send us your suggestions for inductees into the Wall of Fame. Please include the person’s name, years at camp, and why you believe the person should be recognized.


Alumni Update - Spring 2008

Kara Hackwith Philippe (89-97) is living in France. She can’t wait for her children to be campers.

Sarah Solberg (66-85) is still in The Netherlands. She enjoyed a visit with Larke last autumn as she traveled through Europe. Sarah plays in a municipal band in that is in the top (of 5) levels of bands in Holland. She took several big cycle tours on 2007: Majorca, Alsace, north of Spain. The last trip reminded her a lot of AMC – hilly/mountainous and the smell of pine trees on the air.

Dr. Stuart Farber (45-47) played tympani at Franklin and Poly for Tony Gill and in All City for Mr. Ohlendorf and Mr. Furjanic. He remembers the “mystery” of night rock climbing in back of camp along lots of laughs and friendships.

Brooke Wharton Getzen (69-72) Mr. O, Mr. Burger, Mr. Gibson, “Sarge”, Mrs. Smith, Dennis, Carol, and Rick were very important people in her life. She has fold memories of them and Arrowbear.

Eileen Choi Golden (73-80) says she’s going to start her 7-year old on flute soon so she may one day attend Arrowbear. Maybe she’ll come and volunteer as the camp doctor! Her husband can come along and teach percussion.
 

In Memorium

Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of Dave Fraser who passed away in April.

Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of Bill Mitchell who was a staff member at camp in the 1960s.
 

Lost Arrowbearites

Every fall and spring we receive numerous newsletters back stamped, “Not Deliverable as Addressed. Unable to Forward.” Not only are we sorry to lose an address, but it costs us 97 cents per piece to get a newsletter back. We also receive about 30-40 address changes for every newsletter. These pieces cost us 50 cents each. For the Fall Newsletter, this cost us $38.00 The post office figures if they charge a hefty price per piece, organizations like ours will make sure to keep their databases up-to-date. It’s expensive, but the only way to keep our database accurate. Otherwise, we’d lose between 40-50 of you each newsletter. This is where you come in. Please try to remember us during the stress and craziness of moving. We need your new address as well. You can send the new address to our PO Box or you can email it to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net, Many thanks to those of you who let us know when you move.

If you know the whereabouts of any of the following Arrowbearites, please let us know. It’s really helpful if you have their mailing or email address, rather than just telling us you think they moved a certain city.
 

Dominene Hernandez

Joe Carr

Alissa Mear

Karlee Sampagna

Dr. Marie Haddock

Emily Shisko

Henry Crouch

Alexandria Taylor

Mike Stone

Erica Solano

Jennifer Srisamai

 


Alumni Update - Fall 2007

Bob Bachle (‘68) remembers he came up with Bob Walton for several years to help Mr. O. with a lot of his work projects. He was never a camper, but played as a guest with the orchestra when Akira Endo was there. Bob Walton, Dennis Trembly, and Jay Kohorn were in the same graduating class from Millikan together with him. He played in the LBCC orchestra for several years, both under Akira and Dr. Pappone. He misses those times, but has fond memories.

Jane Franklin Rizzo (64-71) has recently finished her third tour of Europe with the Sonoran Desert Chorale, one of the premiere choral groups in Arizona. This year they were privileged to sing for mass at San Marco Basilica in Venice and “High Mass” for St. Peters in Rome. Along the way, they took the opportunity to perform at the Duomo in Assisi, Revena, and San Gimignano, and Florence. Singing at Arrowbear was the beginning for Jane. She enjoyed the clean air of the mountains, the friendships that are still in her heart, and the glorious music!

Jennifer Ness Schmid (87-89) is moving back to California where she will be practicing as a traditional naturopath and singing in various places. Her first gig is with the San Francisco Symphonic Chorus as a professional substitute.

Stephanie Burris Perez (84-85/89-90) is an optometrist in Santa Barbara. She has two children ages one and four. She still plays her violin with the Santa Barbara City College Community Orchestra. Her daughter likes to try to play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on her mother’s violin. Stephanie does the fingering, her daughter does the bowing.

Dolores DelComa (48-55) has many fond memories including swimming in Lake Arrowhead, ice skating at Blue Jay, and ensemble practice concerts on Saturdays with a huge ham dinner for guests.

Mary Lou Drummond Tudor-Hayes (49-51) was first violin in both the Long Beach All-City Jr. and Senior High Orchestras under Mr. O. She took piano lessons from Mrs. O. Mary Lou attend Hughes and Poly and played first violin in both school orchestras. Arrowbear was a fantastic experience for her. She was the President of Delta Gamma Omega Music Sorority at Poly at the same time Judy Cochran Kalen was the President at Wilson. They pledged Tri Delt Sorority together in college.

Bruce Sledge (85-88) is scheduled to sing “La Traviata” at the New York City Opera in September and in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan, in October, then on to “Tancresi” in Madrid in November/December, “Elixir of Love” in San Antonio in January, “Rigoletto” in New Orleans in March and the Mozart Opera in Bari, Italy in April. Bruce just received USC’s Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2007 in May.

Gayleen Hood Marmarelis (68-75) continues to love music which was founded deeply at Arrowbear with Mr. O. She’s currently a full time student at CSULB getting her Bachelor’s in Music after 27 years away from school. She’s loving every minute!

Lynne Greenwood (65-69) is looking for Chuck Talmadge who played the cello and attended camp with Lynne. Please contact her at Lynne.Greewood@doj.ca.gov if you can help.

Diane Shapiro - Sommerfield (80-89) just got married on June 17, 2007. She’d love to hear from friends at diane.shapiro@gmail.com

Eddie Stephens (97) is still working as a bassist in Southern California. He’s been as far as Afghanistan doing a USO tour performing for the troops. He works in the Paramount Unified School District in Alternative Education. That was the district that sent him to Arrowbear. He’s getting married in April 2008.

Alan Black (68-80) has been principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony for the past 22 years and also is founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music at St. Peter's, the largest presenter of chamber music in Charlotte. He’s had a varied and interesting career (so far!) and has performed on stage as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, and even fiddler Marc O'Connor. He has performed chamber music with cellist Lynn Harrell, Van Cliburn winner Jon Nakamatsu, and for the past two years done recital tours in Belgium. Most recently he has participated during the summer in a festival in Italy (yes, life is good!) where he has performed in a piano trio with the concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw. He has two children ages 7 and 17. He would LOVE to hear from all those great friends that came from the incredible 10 years he was active at Arrowbear! Email him at suitecello5@yahoo.com.

In Memorium

Barbara Simmergren, widow of Bob Simmergren, passed away on June 9, 2007, at the age of 87.

Lost Arrowbearites

Every mailing we receive newsletters back marked, “Attempted Not Known” or “Forwarding Order Expired.” We hate to have to click on the delete button if we can avoid it. Please take a look at the following names. Do you know where we can find any of these people? It’s most helpful if you have an actual snail mail address or an email address. Just telling us what city the person may be living in is usually not too helpful. If you recognize anyone, please email to Lkusaba@sbcglobal.net or call 562-634-5158. We are usually able to update 2-3 names from our “Lost” list each time with your assistance. Try to let us know in advance when you are planning a move. Otherwise, it costs us 97 cents for the post office to let us know, and they aren’t always reliable. The Spring Newsletter returns cost us $37. It adds up over time. Many, many thanks to those of you who do email us with your change of address info. We appreciate it. 

Daniel Armstrong

Richard & Barbara George

Diane Hendry

Laurie Flieder

Becky Desfor

Mario Hernandez

Alexandria Taylor

James McDaniel

Sheila Johnson

Music, Music Music!

Arrowbear alumni should say "thank you" to Teresa Brewer, who passed away on October 17, 2007. No, she wasn't the flutist who always wore a bow in her hair. In fact, she never attended Arrowbear. But she could sing. Time magazine described her voice as ". . . somewhere between a blowtorch and a cello." She made a recording in 1950, when she was 19 years old, that became a surprise pop hit and influenced Arrowbearites for decades: Music! Music! Music! Some of you may remember Petula Clark’s version in the 1960s, but Teresa Brewer was the first to record it. John Rabold (‘68-‘69) alerted us to Ms. Brewer’s passing and the importance her song had on Arrowbear. The song is in AABA layout. John says the B motive ("Hours, we play for hours, ...") is from Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 in C-sharp minor. He wondered if Liszt was credited on that release? (grin) If you’d like to hear Teresa Brewer singing the original song, try www.amazon.com, or specifically http://tinyurl.com/233hj5

 and click on the “Listen to samples” link that you’ll see below the image on the left side.

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Spring 2007


Brooke Wharton (69-72) has very strong memories of Mr. O, Dennis and Carole, and her time at Arrowbear. She is currently an attorney working in the entertainment industry representing writers, executive produces, directors, and actors including the creator and executive produces of the ABC drama, “Grey’s Anatomy.” She is married and has two boys ages 13 and 5, the eldest of which is a gifted saxophone player.

Phil Isenberg (74-82) has moved back to Long Beach from Italy with his wife, Evi, and is now working as an interpreter and translator with Italian and German.

Arthur Hopkins (47-48) would like to know if any of his fellow students of Will Rodgers Junior High who were students of Fred Ohlendorf and Nic Furjanick are still around. He attended Wilson High School from ‘44-‘47. Please contact him a sunbird_studios@yahoo.com.

Bruce Sledge (85-88) is singing “La Sonnambula” at the Florida Grand Opera in February 2007, “La Traviata” at the N.Y. City Opera in April 2007, and “Daughter of the Regiment” at the Santiago, Chili Opera in June 2007.

Susan Gall (70- ??) Is now living in Chicago and going to medical school at Northwestern University Feinber School of Medicine. She’s a 40-something first year medical student and says, “It’s REALLY hard!”

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Fall 2006

Richard Mott (62-67) - traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, this summer to train and support the teachers and staff in two special education schools: Soc Son School and Hope Center. He held teacher workshops in using music and drama in teaching language arts.

Cheryl Rosse Cauldren (84-90) - is a substitute teacher in San Diego after a decade working for a four-star, Preferred Hotel. She’s married and had her first child in February. She sings for recreation and remains a marching band geek. Her best and most loyal friend was met at Arrowbear her first year, and she is forever grateful.

Lynne-Marie Rosse Friedrichs (79-83) - plays violin in the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Symphony, and Opera. She is married with two children and is teaching her daughter to play the violin. Her son is accomplished on the piano and is in the process of choosing a band instrument.

Steve Rosse (82-83) -is one of the top tubists in the world. He has been playing in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since ‘92, teaches at the conservatory and leads workshops around the world. He credits Arrowbear for his passion for the tuba. He has five children who all play various instruments.

Anne De Boute Bertsch is seeking information about June Tannenbaum. If you know anything or could help her locate June, please contact Anne at annend@adelphia.net.

Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner - was in Nicolas Furjanick’s first orchestra at Wilson High School in the late 1930s. Nic Furjanick opened a wonderful world of orchestral music to her, and though she’s now 86 years old, she still remembers. She felt a close bond with him because she is half Czeck. When she finally visited Prague and saw the Moldau (which he loved) she couldn’t help thinking of him. She even accompanied him when he played violin solos, although she played string bass in his orchestra.

Lisa Holzman (70s) is working for the Santa Barbara Symphony as Subscriber Services Manager and Marketing, and she does their web and online newsletter, “SymphonE-notes,” as well. She’s still playing her flute in local groups which she loves to do. She lives close by to her cousin, Dave Holzman’s family. Her current email is lholzman@flash.net if you’d like to contact her.

Julie Freeman Luckey (76-78) is trying to find Carolyn Jillson, a violinist originally from Newport Beach, who she camped with. Julie has unearthed some charming memorabilia she’d like to share with Carolyn. If you know where to find her, you can contact Julie at 562-434-2764 or email her at Luckeys@verizon.net.

 

 

 

 

Work Weekends 2006

It’s spring cleaning and fix-up time at Arrowbear Music Camp. Your help is needed to get camp into tip top shape for the summer Work weekends this year will be held:

May 27-29 (Memorial weekend), June 3-4, and June 10-11, and June 17-18.

This will be a really beautiful time of year in our mountains as the spring flowers will be in full bloom. Take a hike while you’re there! Come for an hour, come for a day, or stay all weekend – any help is appreciated! Meals will be served Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon (through Monday afternoon for Memorial Day weekend.) You may arrive Friday evening, but meals will be on your own.

Specific tasks on our priority list this year are: raking to create a firebreak, painting, carpentry work/repairs, plumbing, building new benches for the dining hall, and general camp clean-up. If you’ve got a specific skill, or even a pet project you’d like to work on, please contact Dennis and Carole. In an effort to help us plan for food and sleeping accommodations, please RSVP at info@arrowbear.com or call toll free (877) 867-4511. See you there!

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Spring 2006


Ellen Pesavento (63-70) has been so fortunate to travel the world and play in great concert halls and yet her memories of Arrowbear are some of the best times ever!

Rejean Schweitzer Anderson (46-48) is still teaching and playing- mostly supporting northern California music camps.

Vina Mae Woodland Sippel (41-46) attended the first camp session and is hoping to attend the 65th Reunion. She remembers the winter camp. It snowed and they had to hike out. Her dad, Bill Sippel, drove the truck to the first camp. Both of her parents were very active for many years at Camp.

Marvin Sippel (45-52) says his memories include his father driving open-top trucks to camp with his sisters Vina Mae and Evelyn, riding in Mr. O’s hatch-back trunk with the instruments to All-City rehearsals, being a camp counselor with Gary Wrench driving Mr. O’s car/trailer hauling trash, putting campers to sleep and then munching on Mrs. O’s leftovers in the kitchen, and of course, the wonderful music anc concerts at Lake Arrowhead.

Bob & Jeanette Allen Dill (49-70) continue to sing in their church choir. Bob still plays clarinet occasionally and substitutes as a music teacher in the schools.

Jack Hollander (69-74 & 85-90) is currently a Festival and Parade Adjudicator with the SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.) He’s the assistant conductor of the Golden State British Brass Band.

Arthur Hopkins (45-46) remembers his teachers Fred Ohlendorf, Nic Furjanick, and Lea Sekora. He is still playing twice a week and composing ( 5 string quartets last year) as well as his occupation as an exhibiting painter, mainly in Japan. Arthur would love to hear from other campers from the mid-40s.

Sarah Solberg (66-87) has received her next assignment to the Hague in the Netherlands. She’s working on a transfer date that she hopes will allow her to attend the Reunion.

Gary Wrench (45-50) said the note from Stu Farber about the Poly Orchestra from 49-50 brought back a lot of memories. He remembers well all the Merry Widow rehearsals with Marilyn Horne and Joanne Pagones, who was an excellent singer in her own right.

Dr. Stuart Farber (45-47) says “Hello” to his former Poly High Orchestra members and campers.

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Fall 2005

Sarah Solberg (66-87) - Sarah is bidding on her next diplomatic tour. She has one more year in Skopje, Macedonia. She hopes 2006 will see her in a city with more opportunities for clarinet playing.

Brooke Hearons Hicks (48-53) - Brooke remembers Mr. 0. calling her about a music scholarship at the University of Louisville which included an apprenticeship with the Louisville orchestra. She applied and received the scholarship. Brooke played with the Louisville Orchestra until 2001 when she and her husband retired. He played tuba in the orchestra. They raised four musicians - two classical and two pop. It’s easy to see the influence Arrowbear had on her happy life.

Wilson Ochoa (79-82) - Wilson is the principal music librarian with the Nashville Symphony. He’ll carry the wonderful memories of Arrowbear with him forever.
 

Sharon Beitstock Devor (late 70s) - Sharon remembers Choral camp. She can still close her eyes and feel and hear the experience of sifting under the canopy singing. They sang their hearts out and during one song they sang, the director, Ed Brahams, had them “belt out” a forte and cut it off quickly. They heard their voices echo through the trees and against the other side of the mountain. It was truly a wonderful sound that still is in her mind when she longs for “those days."


Bruce Sledge (83 - 87) - Bruce will be singing the lead role in “La Juive” at the Venice Opera in October 2005, “Ttie Cavalier” at the Chicago Lyric Opera in February 2006, and “Daughter of the Regiment” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland in July 2006.


Dr. Stuart Farber (45-47) - Dr. Farber sends greetings to Arnold Hogarth and other PoIy High orchestra players. He remembers the 49-40 Poly orchestra played with Marilyn Horn and performed the “Mikado” one year and the “Merry Widow” another to a full house for three nights. Many of the players were former campers.

Wallace Umber - He has pleasant memories of the 1960s when Mr. 0. had a “Director’s Weekend” in the fall after the camps were over. They formed a band, read new music, slept in the camp bunk house, ate in the mess hall, and had some great sharing experiences and fine camaraderie. What a great experience in the busy life of a band director. His own children attend Arrowbear in the 70s and 80s.

 

 

 

 

Work Weekend Update

Dennis and Carole want to extend a enormous Thank You” to everyone who was able to attend one of the work weekends last spñng. There weren’t a lot of people, but those who came worked really hard. A lot of general clean-up was accomplished along with raking the endless piles of leaves. The Haberman and Locke families built a retaining wall at the top of the ramp to the volleyball court. They also moved the cook’s cabin back to a safer location. The hillside had been giving way.

Next spring, there will be painting jobs for those who feel they can wield a paint brush. There will opportunities to work on the boys’ dorm. It needs some updating. We’ll try our best to get out the spring newsletter ea~y enough that you all have more notice of the dates for the work weekends. Hopefully, with more advance notice, more people will be able to attend and help out.

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Spring 2005

Arthur Hopkins (40s) still plays several times a week and also composes. His piece, “Five Japanese Poems” for soprano and orchestra, was performed last October in Okayama, Japan, by the Kurashiki Symphony Orchestra.

Bruce Sledge (83-87) gave a solo recital at the Cerritos Center in February. He sang in France, Munich, and Italy in April. He is due to appear during the summer in Sante Fe, New Mexico, in The Barber of Seville in the role of Count Almaviva. In 2006, he is scheduled to sing in Don Pasquale in Berlin and La Traviata in Copenhagen.

Jean Mahnken-Predergast (70-73) is now a civil engineer and emergency manager for Los Angeles Water and Power.

Allan Applegate (68-71) wanted to thank his musical inspirations: Glen Hoover and Roger Johnson.

Ray Nowak (80s-90s) earned an MA in music performance from UCLA. He has had orchestra positions in Spain and the Canary Islands. He has returned to the U.S. and is presently teaching and doing free lance performing. He and his wife have a new baby born in January.

Kendall Feeney (70-77) founded the contemporary chamber music ensemble Zephyr in the early 1990s. She frequently performs in the Spokane area where her work is described as often “creating surprising moments for listeners.” She likes her audience to be passionate because there’s a lot of non-engagement in our world. She likes to provoke a response.

Rufus Olivier - is on the cover of the Feb. ‘05 edition of International Musician. He is the principal bassoonist with the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet orchestras. Check out the article on him.

Jennifer Frautshi - Her new cd featuring the Prokofiev violin concerto is reviewed in the April ‘05 edition of Strings Magazine.

 

 

 

 

In Memorium

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of John Lindfors who was an instrumental teacher for over 40 years. He was especially proud that during the 18 years he taught in Duarte, CA, he sent more students to Arrowbear than any other city outside Long Beach including his son Don (drums) and his daughter Karen (saxophone). He will be missed.

Friends and family of Walter Norwick donated in his memory. His daughter, Naomi Norwick, was a conductor at Arrowbear for several years. The donations received will be awarded as the Walter Norwick Scholarship for this coming summer.
 

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Fall 2004

Bruce Sledge (83-87) made his debut at the Met in New York City in December 2003, appearing as Count Almavina in “Barber of Seville.” He will travel on and appear in Marseilles, France, in November 2004, in Trieste, Italy, in December 2004, and then on to Genova, Italy, in 2005, appearing in various operas in tenor “lead” roles. Arrowbear helped give him his start by teaching him the joy of singing.

Sarah Solberg (66-87) is now in Macedonia (also known as FYROM: former Yogoslav Republic of Macedonia). She still hasn’t found an orchestra, but she and a Macedonian pianist played for a diplomatic charity. They get together once a week to play. Sarah would love to hear from fellow Arrowbearites - SolbergSA@yahoo.com.

Amy Kaplan (76-81) is beginning a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of Composition at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music this fall after teaching as a visiting Prof. at the University of Iowa.

Tom & Carole Parmeter Dyer (79-87 and 2004) have just moved back to Long Beach after living in Northern California for many years. Tom was the band director at the Elementary Session this summer. He will be teaching music at a Long Beach K-8 school this year. Carole is taking some time off from the “paid labor force” to take care of their one year old son, Aidan.

Mike Meckna (58-69) His book, Satchmo: The Louis Armstrong Encyclopedia, was recently published by Greenwood Press.

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam

Harold Hanson passed away in January. He attended Arrowbear in the late 40s and was a professional bassoonist. During his Air Force days, Harold’s best friend and roommate was John Williams, the well-known composer. If you ever watched the Alfred Hitchcock TV series, you heard Harold. The pouncing bassoon ditty that opened the show each week was played and recorded by Harold. He will be missed.

Brian Reynolds, who was a camper and counselor in the 80s and 90s was killed during a hiking accident with the Sierra Club in August. His family graciously asked that friends and loved ones please donate to Arrowbear Music Associates in lieu of flowers. To date, we have received $6,238 in donations which will be given as scholarships in Brian’s name over the next few years.

 

 

 

 

Work Weekends a Success!

This spring there were three successful work weekends at Camp. Over 50 people came out, some for a few hours, some for a few days, to give a little something back. The projects ranged from repairing the roof of the nurse’s area and restoring the boys’ trolley, to painting buildings and the always necessary, general camp clean-up. We would like to thank all those who participated in these work weekends. THANK YOU!
We are planning to have multiple work weekends again this coming spring and are already making lists of new projects. This coming year we would like to resurface and seal the floors in both the girls’ and boys’ living areas, we have some spots in need of a couple of good retaining walls (Fun for the whole family!), and we’d love to have someone make curtains for the staff cabins. Work weekends next spring will be spread out over the months of May and June, and we’ll give as much notice as possible. So when you’re planning your spring, think about spending some time in the mountains. We’ll feed you and the views are free too!

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Spring 2004

Steve Roddie ( 67-76) has two daughters and a son who are all in high school and all play instruments and/or sing. He still plays flute in a local symphonic band.

Gayleen Hood Marmarelis (68-74) says she is still playing thanks to Fred Ohlendorf and Arrowbear Music Camp. The love of music was instilled in her for a lifetime of enjoyment.

Bruce Sledge (83-87) made his debut at the Paris Opera in the lead role in Italian Girl in Algiers last September.

Alan Applegate (68-71) Some of his fondest youthful memories were of fall and spring weekends getting the camp ready for the winter and the summer. As a member of the kitchen staff, camper, and finally a counselor, Arrowbear stood out as a shining beacon of positivity and good. He hopes new campers are receiving the same experience, and judging from the letters campers are writing, he believes that to be true.

Jane Linville Wolff (56-60) The camp experience was GREAT! She remembers so many adventures, so much K-P (toilets to clean), ice skating at Blue Jay, Santa’s Village, riding in the stake truck, Mr. Burger’s red convertible, and many, many more fond memories.

Stephy Bell McCormick (67-74) says that Arrowbear was her life during the years. She can never describe to anyone in her life now what Arrowbear meant to her. It saved her life. After getting a degree in flute performance, she moved to Oregon. She did graduate work in choral and instrumental conducting at Oregon State. She has taught music in the Corvallis School district for the last 14 years and credits Arrowbear with her ending up as a music teacher. She feels it was important to give to other young people what she was given at camp. She would like to hear from anyone from her same time period at camp who remembers her. Contact her at eloisebandlady@comcast.net.

Cathy Highberg Williams (62) remembers Arrowbear as an unforgettable experience. She lives in Auburn, Washington, just south of Seattle. At camp she played the oboe, but during college, she sang in folk groups and choirs. She still sings with a classical choir. The news reports about the fires last fall sent her searching for info on camp. She was very pleased to discover that it’s still going strong and still standing.

Daryl Temkin (67-71) is looking for anyone who knows Trish or Patricia Waters. She was a camper from 1968-1970. Please email him at DarylTemkinPhd@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

Seth Dockstader

With heavy hearts, we provide you with the following information about the disappearance of Dennis and Carole Dockstader’s son, Seth. This text is taken from the website currently posted at www.arrowbear.com/seth.html. You might want to view this site on your own. It includes a link to a Message Board where friends of Seth have posted numerous reflections about him. There is no more up-to-date information than what is listed below due to the winter season in the mountains.

On last October 26th, during the voluntary fire evacuation, the Dockstader family (thinking that Seth had taken a trip north for a few weeks) discovered that he had sent letters to several people that implied suicide. The letters were dated the 21st of October. They checked his cabin at camp and his room in L.A. and found that he had left all of his belongings and business matters organized for his departure. The first week was spent contacting the authorities and following every lead attempting to find him. On October 30, the authorities in the mountains found his car on a forest service road just east of Heaps Peak transfer station. They could not search the area because it was still on fire and very foggy. On November 1, Search and Rescue spent three full days looking for him, though the process was complicated by the layer of ash obscuring all clues. Once Search and Rescue finished, the family spent some time looking until it snowed. Seth left some writings for his family and friends that illuminated what a difficult time he'd been having lately and his reasons for making the decision to leave. As of November 26, he is still a missing person and some searching is still being done.

Please be sensitive to the Dockstader family’s privacy and refrain from calling them with questions or expressions of sympathy. You can contact them through Sarah Ewell.  (See below)

A memorial is planned for Saturday the 12th of June, 2004. Family and friends are setting aside this time to express their grief at the loss of Seth in our lives. This day has been planned in hopes that it will allow each individual to do what they need to remember, to grieve, to commune with each other and with nature, and to seek peace. If you are interested in more details, check the web site at www.arrowbear.com/seth.html. Sarah Ewell - (562) 416-7129  or sarah@arrowbear.com.

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam - We send our deepest sympathies to the family of Jim Selover who passed away on October 13, 2003. Jim was a 40s camper who organized all the 40s campers he could find to donate a bronze plaque in recognition of Fred Ohlendorf. The plaque is on display just above the orchestra bowl. He will be missed.

 

 

 

 

The Beautify Arrowbear Campaign

Last year we came frighteningly close to losing our beloved Arrowbear. Like many people, I realized just how much camp meant to me and that it was important to me to give something back. Here’s your chance to do the same, spend some time in mountains, and maybe reconnect with someone you’ve lost touch with. Come volunteer your time helping us as we get camp ready for another (Yeah!) summer. We’re having three work weekends between now and when camp begins on June 20th. You can spend an hour, a day, or even two days up in the mountains helping us get ready. There are different jobs that need to be done, so we can find something for just about anyone! We’ll feed you and give you a place to sleep! May 15th and 16th. This weekend will be devoted to making the transition from Winter to Summer. This will involve general cleaning and moving things out of camp. This is dirty work, but it can be a lot of fun with the right people!!   Please RSVP to Sarah Ewell and not to Camp. Memorial Day Weekend! All of the buildings at camp could use a fresh coat of paint and any help we could have would be really appreciated! Please RSVP to Sarah Ewell. Saturday, June 19th. This is the day before camp starts and is generally the day were running around scrambling to make sure everything is in its place. Please let us know! Contact Sarah Ewell.

If you have other skills (e.g. carpentry, sewing, etc.) or resources (e.g. linoleum, music stands, etc,) please contact me so we can coordinate. If these dates don’t work for you, but you would still like to come up at another time, either before the summer or during, send me an email and we’ll see what we can do.  Contact Sarah Ewell at sarah@arrowbear.com or call 562-416- 7129

 

 

 

 

Fall 2003 Alumni News

Bill Thomas (AKA Billy or Mark's little brother) is living in Ventura County with his wife, Laura, and their two daughters. He is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Ventura County Fire Department. While his own musical career ended in 1975, he recently organized a fund raiser for the Thousand Oaks High School Marching Band which enabled the band to go back east and compete. He hopes to get the entire Thomas family to attend the next Reunion at camp.

Diane Shapiro (80-89) is a happy homeowner in San Francisco. She teaches web design for a private foundation that educates public high school students in technology. Diane has very fold memories of her Arrowbear days both as a camper and a counselor. She misses all of her old Arrowbear friends and encourages them to write to her at deelaine@earthlink.net.

Art Hopkins (45-46) Even though Art attended music camp in the 40s, he still looks back with fondness at the association with Fred Ohlendorf and Nic Furjanick who recommended him for a scholarship. He hopes to attend the next reunion. Art exhibits paintings and travels frequently to Japan. He still plays viola at least three times a week in chamber groups, mostly string quartets.

Wallace Umber - One of his fondest memories is of the Directors' Weekend and reading sessions organized by Fred Ohlendorf back in the 60s. He remembers the many trips taking his own children to Junior High School camps. He sent many of his own students to camp during his teaching career. His retirement includes directing the Santa Monica College Emeritus Band.

Susan Gall is still living in Boston. She teaches flute at Brandeis University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as well as freelancing. Her group, Auros, just celebrated its tenth anniversary season. Susan is also part of the Philip Glass opera premiere "The Sound of a Voice." She writes that none of this would have been possible without Arrowbear and the support of the Ohlendorfs.

In Memoriam

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Robert Gibson who passed away in August. He was a conductor at Arrowbear for many summers and taught in Long Beach Unified. He will be greatly missed.

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - Spring 2003

My message to the alumni . . .
I just received the latest newsletter and as always it provoked a moment to stop, think, and reminisce. With me, it wasn't just the camp. It was, also, the All City Orchestra back in the late 40s, the rehearsals with Fred Ohlendorf on the stand, the trips we made on tour, and the wonderful kids I had the privilege of knowing. And those two good looking sisters in All City. One played French horn and the other the flute (I believe). What were their names?
Anyway, I go along with alumnus Dr. Stu Farber, who says, "It's time to pay back - to help others." Most who receive this newsletter well know how fortunate they have been. So, I say to you: stop before you finish the newsletter. Get your checkbook, and do it. Write a check for at least $100. Everyone wants money, sure, but this is special, isn't it? You CAN afford it and you know it's going to give encouragement and help to someone that will end up being a good citizen and a positive influence to those that follow. Just are you are now.
Arnold Hogarth (47-48)

Linda Nunez (78-79) Linda has been in the radio business for 17 years. She is currently co-anchor in the morning on KNX News radio in Los Angeles. Although she's not playing the violin anymore, her musical training has helped in her broadcast career. Anchoring the new is very lyrical. It has a rhythm, a cadence, crescendos, decrescendos, allegros and legatos, depending on the subject matter and what you want to convey to the listener. She's found that the best news anchors have a background in music!

George Cameron Keys When they moved to Maui eight years ago, they started out not knowing a soul. Music quickly gave them access to a huge cross section of new friends and an extended family. Thank you for all the wonderful Arrowbear summers.

Stan Baker (58-64) Stan was newsletter editor in the summer of '64. Some counselors at that time stayed the entire summer. He was lucky enough to be one of those.

Marc Thomas After graduating from Cal Lutheran, Marc moved to the Boston area to attend the New England Conservatory of Music. Following the closing of a theater which was his main source of income, he left music and returned to school to complete a graduate degree in special ed. He is currently a high school special education teacher and advisor. He has 15 and 5 year old daughters and 1 ½ year old twins. He often recalls his time at Camp and longs to return.

Kim Angelis (mid 70s) Kim is a composer/performer who performs in concert regularly. In addition, she presents school assemblies, violin workshops, and other community outreach programs. Kim's music was highlighted on NBC's coverage of the 2000 Sidney Olympics, and she is Taiwan's most popular and highly acclaimed violinist.

Bob and Janette Allen Dill (49-78) They enjoy getting news from former students, colleagues, friends. You can email them at rdill@efn.org

Ellen Pesavento (63-69) Ellen just finished doing an 8 week preview of Baz Luhrmann's "La Boheme" before it went to Broadway in NYC. The project also included recording a CD at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Marin County where she lives. Ellen has so many fond memories of her days at Camp.

Peter Davidson Arrowbear really had an influence on him to want to make up music. TV and film may not be "Classical" music, but Peter keeps busy. He is currently scoring all 26 episodes of The Endless Voyage for PBS ,and he will soon be also scoring 52 episodes of The Unfinished Nation, also for PBS. He's convinced it was the harmony classes at Arrowbear that got him started in wanting to compose.

Dr. Stuart Farber (45-47) Stuart is retiring as Dean/Professor at CSULB this spring. He is looking forward to world travel, attending more concerts, some writing on "Leadership," and assisting Arrowbear. He would love to hear from other campers from the 45-47 years. Email him at sarber@csulb.edu

Amy Simon Weiner (66-68) Amy has three children (15, 12, and 10). All of them are musical. She and her husband, Cantor Alan Weiner, and their family live in Agoura Hills, CA.

Claudia Kiser (84-89) Claudia is the cellist in the Alma String Quartet which is in residence at UC Santa Barbara. The quartet is committed to giving educational programs that would inspire the next generation of musicians. She offers congrats to Bruce Sledge for his lead role with the LA Opera. She would love to hear from her Arrowbear friends and can be reached at claudia@umail.ucsb.edu

Arthur Hopkins (45 or 46) still plays chamber music three times a week. He was a student of Leah Sykora, Fred Ohlendorf, and Nic Furjanick.

Marvin & Lucia Sippel (47-51) Marvin's memories as a counselor include driving with Gary Wrench in Fred Ohlendorf's sedan and trailer to the dump, and snacking after taps in the kitchen on left overs provided by the cooks. Earlier they rode in Mr. O's coupe sitting in the huge trunk with instruments going to All City rehearsals.

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update - 2002

Kirk Watilo Had a wonderful time at the Reunion remembering old times with Betsy Osborne and Donna Fekjar. He wrote that we may look a bit older, but while at the Reunion, we all felt young at heart.

Chris (Bill) Alsop (85-90 & 96-98) Chris is entering his sixth year as an elementary general music teacher. This June, he and his wife, Tara, moved to Gresham, Oregon, for the lower cost of living and slower pace of life. He is now teaching general music at a brand new elementary school for grades K-5. In teaching these young children, Chris wants to impart to them his love for making music that was fostered in him at Arrowbear.

Bruce Sledge Bruce can be heard singing on the soundtrack of the movie, “Sum of All Fears.” He is singing Pavarotti’s signature song, “Nessun Dorma” toward the end of the movie just before the villain gets killed. He also participated in the World Masters Voice Competition in Monte Carlo, France, in June. His parents say that Arrowbear gave him a great start toward his music career in the opera. Many thanks!

Nancy Strobridge Chase (49-52) Writes that the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra’s 2002-2003 season marks its 50 year history, and that she is the only remaining performer from the premier concert. Mr. O. gave her her first bass lesson as a 7th grader at Rogers Jr. High. She happily passes along his legacy to her students.

Dr. Stuart Farber (45-47) Notes that we all have wonderful and lasting memories of our time at Arrowbear. Now it is time for stronger financial support for scholarships and other possible needs. He believes all need to pay back - to help others - to double or triple the $2,071 donated with the last newsletter by all of us working together.