Kurn Hattin News
King of Nouveau Swing, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Mentors Young Local Musicians
WESTMINSTER, VT- After performing center stage on Church Street at the 2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on Thursday June 4th, the young students of the Kurn Hattin Homes Jazz Ensemble were invited to participate in a private workshop with award-winning New Orleans alto sax giant, Big Chief Donald Harrison. The workshop was part of the Flynn Center’s Artist-in-Residency series sponsored by Lake Champlain Chocolates.
Kim Fine, F. Lisa Bloch lead Kurn Hattin’s Development Department; maintain focus on sustainability
WESTMINSTER, VT—Following the appointment of Connie Sanderson to her current role as Co-Executive Director of Kurn Hattin Homes after 26 years as Director of Development, the non-profit turned to its Senior Development Officer, Kim Fine, to take the reins, and hired F. Lisa Bloch to round out the department's leadership team.
North Walpole Native, Susanna Compare, Graduates from Kurn Hattin with High Honors
WESTMINSTER, VT— Miss Susanna Compare of North Walpole, NH, graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children on Saturday, June 7. Compare, a residential student at Kurn Hattin since 2010, finished her 8thgrade year with a long list of achievements, both academic and extracurricular. A regular on the high honor roll, she graduated at the top of her class, earning the title of class valedictorian and winning this year’s W.I. Mayo Scholarship, a $200 scholarship awarded annually to the most outstanding all-around student. In addition, she won the Massachusetts Board of Directors Award for excellence in writing. During her five years at Kurn Hattin Compare excelled in the music program and was a member of the school’s award-winning select choir, as well as playing the trumpet in the marching band and jazz ensemble. As a result, she was also chosen as this year’s winner of the annual Kurn Hattin Instrument Award for outstanding musicianship, receiving her own trumpet. Looking ahead, Compare has been accepted to attend the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania, where she will begin her freshman year of high school in September, 2014.
Walpole Native, Chrystal Longe, graduates from Kurn Hattin with high honors
WESTMINSTER, VT—Miss Chrystal Longe of Walpole, NH, graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children on Saturday, June 7. Longe, a residential student at Kurn Hattin since 2011, finished her 8th grade year with a long list of achievements both academic and extracurricular. A regular on the high honor role, she finished the year at the top of her class, earning the title of class salutatorian. During her time at Kurn Hattin, Longe excelled in the music program, playing the clarinet in the school’s marching band and jazz ensemble, as well as being a regular soloist in the award-winning Kurn Hattin select choir. As a result, she was chosen as this year’s winner of the annual Kurn Hattin Choir Award for outstanding vocal performance. Longe is currently looking forward to beginning her freshman year of high school in September, 2014 at Green Mountain High School in Chester, VT. Her long-term goals include attending the United States Military Academy, advocating for the rights of women to become Navy S.E.A.L.s, and then becoming one herself.
Brandon Native, Jessica Waite, graduates from Kurn Hattin with honors
WESTMINSTER, VT—Miss Jessica Waite of Brandon, VT, graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children on Saturday, June 7. Waite, a residential student at Kurn Hattin since 2008, finished her 8th grade year with a long list of achievements, both academic and extracurricular. Having participated and excelled in all aspects of Kurn Hattin’s agriculture, horsemanship, and farm science programs, Waite is this year’s recipient of Kurn Hattin’s Agriculture Award, given annually to the student who has demonstrated the greatest aptitude for agricultural endeavors during their time at the school. In addition, Waite received this year’s Michael Bouvier Scholarship, a $500 prize awarded to the student who has exemplified the qualities of good citizenship throughout their time at Kurn Hattin. Waite was also a soprano in the award-winning Kurn Hattin select choir, as well as playing trumpet in the school’s marching band and jazz ensemble. Looking ahead, Waite has been accepted to attend the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania, where she will begin her freshman year of high school in September, 2014.
Magic at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children
Westminster, VT – The Kurn Hattin children and staff had a magical morning with entertainer Steve Finer. Steve Finer has been entertaining with his magic and comedy since he was 6 years old growing up in the Boston area. In the last 50 years he has performed from Boston to Seattle Washington, traveling with his side kick “Charlie the Rabbit”. Steve has also performed in Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany. He has called Killington Vermont his home with his family since 1983.
Kurn Hattin Music Director Honored At Vermont State House
Westminster, VT - The award-winning, 45-member Kurn Hattin Select Choir, grades 5-8, directed by Grammy Finalist Music Educator, Lisa Bianconi, visited the Vermont State House in Montpelier on Wednesday, April 30, to perform for a session of the House of Representatives.
GRAMMY Foundation Vice President honors Kurn Hattin music director; Bianconi receives Governor's Proclamation
WESTMINSTER, VT, April 24— Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's Music Director, Lisa Bianconi, was honored today at a special ceremony held on Kurn Hattin's campus and attended by the Grammy Foundation's Senior Vice President, Kristen Madsen, and scores of Bianconi's colleagues, students, family members, friends, and supporters.
Kurn Hattin Select Choir to perform in live finale of Public Television's choral competition, "Together in Song," Sunday, April 27
WESTMINSTER, VT.—The Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir has been chosen as one of seven regional choruses to appear in the live televised finale of the WGBY Public Television choral competition series, “Together in Song” on Sunday, April 27. The show highlights non-professional children’s and adults' choirs from around Western New England in various musical genres.