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Posted Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 


The works of Beethoven, Webern and Brahms will be on the program when the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra presents its annual winter concerts on January 22 and 23.

Civic Orchestra Music Director Dr. Rick Hoffenberg will lead the musicians in performances of compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Webern and Johannes Brahms, and featuring the artistry of violinist John Michael Vaida.

The concert will be presented on Sunday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Sem’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts, North Sprague Ave., Kingston, and on Monday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. in the Sette LaVerghetta Center Auditorium at Marywood University. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Hoffenberg, associate professor, director of choral activities and coordinator of vocal and keyboard studies at Marywood University, holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, a master of music degree from Westminster Choir College, and a master of arts and doctorate in music from Yale University. Prior to joining Marywood University, he held positions at the University of Northern Iowa, where he directed three choirs and taught courses in conducting and repertoire, and Williams College, where he served as visiting director of choral and vocal activities. In 2005 he completed his doctoral residency at Yale University, where he served as principal assistant conductor of Yale Camerata and assistant conductor of Simon Carrington’s Schola Cantorum.

Hoffenberg has spent the past 17 summers at Chautauqua Opera, where he is a pianist, coach and assistant conductor on the music staff. He has also worked in various capacities for New York City Opera, BMG Classics/RCA Victor Red Seal, Columbia Artists Management, the Milken Archive and Spoleto Festival USA. As a pianist he has performed in Chicago, New York City and Princeton, N.J. He was the state winner, division winner and national finalist in the 1994 MTNA Wurlitzer Piano Competition.

The 65-member Civic Orchestra, founded by area conductor Jerome Campbell in 1999, includes professional musicians, music teachers, music majors from nearby colleges and universities, talented adult amateurs and gifted high school performers from Sem and area schools; an array of ages, talent and training with a shared love of music. The Civic Orchestra is under the sponsorship of Wyoming Seminary and the Performing Arts Institute, an international program for young musicians of exceptional ability.

This performance is part of the 2016-17 Wyoming Seminary fine and performing arts program. For more information call the Sem Communications Office at 570-270-2192.


Violinist John Michael Vaida, at left, and Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, music director of the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, will present a concert of classical music at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22 in Sem’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts in Kingston and on Monday, January 23 at Marywood University’s Sette LaVerghetta Center Auditorium.

Posted Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 

Wyoming Seminary Upper School in Kingston and Lower School in Forty Fort are offering area elementary, middle and high school students and their families an opportunity to visit either campus during the February Visitation Day on Monday, February 20, 2017 (Presidents’ Day).

At the Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, the February Visitation Day will begin at 8:30 a.m. Students who have already applied to attend the Lower School are invited to experience a typical day at Lower School by shadowing a student in his/her current grade level and joining with other students for lunch. Parent tours of Lower School, which will include a review of financial aid, are available upon request. Please call the Lower School Admission Office at (570) 718-6610 for more information and to make reservations, or register on line at

The Upper School February Visitation Day program will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Visiting students will join current students for lunch and attend classes, while parents are invited to attend a welcome address and presentations on preparing for college, the academic curriculum at Sem, and Sem’s financial aid process. Parents also may tour the campus. Visitation Day activities will end at 2:30 p.m. Admission interviews will be given upon request.

For more information, or to sign up for the events, call the Upper School Admission Office at (570) 270-2160, or register on line at

Wyoming Seminary is an independent, coeducational day and boarding college preparatory school located in northeastern Pennsylvania. It enrolls 802 students in toddler through grade 12, as well as a postgraduate year.

Posted Monday, Jan 16, 2017 

The Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana national tour - now in its 32nd season - shares the universal spirit of flamenco dance at Sem on Valentine's Day! 

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
7:30 p.m.
$10 - available online (click the link below) and at the door the evening of the performance.
Kirby Center for Creative Arts, Wyoming Seminary 


Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies. We believe that the universal spirit of flamenco, a multicultural art form, has the power to build bridges between cultures and inspire audiences from diverse backgrounds. Co-Founder and Artistic Director Carlota Santana leads this company of energetic dancers and musicians in powerful performances, extensive community outreach and innovative arts education programs.

Poema de Andalucía is a journey through the cultural richness and traditions of the Andalusian provinces that form the “cradle of flamenco.”  Despite their proximity, many stylistic differences exist between the regions of southern Spain. The varied traditions, festivals, and rituals of daily life reflect the special character of its people and have made the Andalusian region a wellspring of cultural heritage, not just for dance and song but for poetry, art, and literature. Through the language of flamenco, this special ‘Poem’ pays tribute to the unique land and people of Andalucía.

“This was a show of graceful, sensuous dance, expressing a host of raw human emotions-evocative of loneliness, pride, passion and joy” ~The Philadelphia Inquirer

Watch a preview!


Posted Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 

Sem bests the top-ranked wrestling team in the nation on Friday 1/13/17


Wyoming Seminary's wrestlers faced Blair Academy on Friday, January 13, 2017. Currently, Blair is ranked first and Sem is ranked 10th in the nation. 

Read more about the epic upset in the Times Leader:

and the Citizens' Voice:

The match was recorded and can be watched on FloWrestling:

The Wyoming Seminary wrestling program, led by Head Coach Scott Green, is considered to be one of the best high school wrestling programs in the country. In the past several years, the Blue Knights have produced numerous National Prep Champions and All-Americans and have been consistently ranked within the top five programs in the nation. Sem wrestlers have recently gone on to compete at elite wrestling programs such as Harvard, Northwestern, Cornell, Penn State, Lehigh, Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Maryland and many more.

For more information about the match or about Sem's wrestling program, contact Coach Green at

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Posted Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 

Elaine Burg of Kingston, chair of the global languages department at Wyoming Seminary Upper School, recently received the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. She received the award in recognition of her outstanding ability to teach French and her leadership of the school’s community service program, her civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to a value-centered education and for her service to Sem and its students as well as the community.

Burg joined the Wyoming Seminary faculty in 1994 as a teacher of French and in fall, 2011 she was named chair of the global languages department. She also has served as the advisor to the school’s active Community Service program since 2010, and advises the school’s French Club.           

Prior to joining Sem she served for four years as a teacher of French at Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in French from Middlebury College, a master of science degree in 21st century teaching and learning from Wilkes University, and a DELF diploma from the French Ministry of Education.

 Seen following the announcement of the award are Elaine Burg, at left, and Kevin Rea, Sem president.

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