STEUBENVILLE - Hold on to your hats as Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild stages a stroll down memory lane April 13 at the Steubenville Country Club.
From a version of the Andrew Sisters, featuring Laura Jurasko-Mason, Katherine Moore and Nicole Prichard, with songs that bring back or reflect on memorable times, this event promises to take patrons back to a different era.
The vocalists for this event are brother and sister duo Jusasko-Mason and Joseph Jurasko, high school vocalists Katherine Moore of Catholic Central High School and Nicole Prichard of Steubenville High School. The backup band is made up of Teresa Jurasko and friends. They will play a number of tunes made famous by the Andrew Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and others from the World War II era.
Tickets for this event are $35 per person, and special student prices are $25. This includes a buffet dinner. There will be a cash bar, and valet parking is available.
For tickets or information, call Kathy Antinone, at (740) 264-9012; Liz Morelli at (740) 264-1299; or Lil Ferguson at (740) 264-2232. Tickets also may be purchased at the Center of Music and Art, 236 Main St., Wintersville, or from any UOVOG board member.
Jurasko-Mason is not only one of the vocalists for this event, but has put together the musical repertoire from vocals to instrumentals. She is a standout graduate of Catholic Central High School, where she participated in many musicals, sung in the various choirs and played french horn in the marching and concert bands. She went on to Mount Union College where she majored in music education with a concentration in both piano and voice. At Mount Union, she received the highest performing arts award and graduated at the top of her class academically. Upon graduating from college, she served as the high school band director, as well as choral instructor for choirs and theater productions at Catholic Central High School. She teaches private lessons in piano and voice at Drama Direct in Weirton and Kathy's Music in Pittsburgh. She is the daughter of Teresa Jurasko of Mingo Junction and the late Joe Jurasko, both teachers.
Moore, a junior at CCHS, has been a member of the marching and concert bands, as well as a participant in solo and ensemble for the past four years. She has studied voice under Jurasko-Mason and takes piano lessons at the Center of Music and Art. She has competed in "Onstage New York" for three years with gold, high gold and platinum scores and qualified for the National Grand Finale in Orlando, Fla., where she received the highest rating in her category. In her spare time she is a vocal coach for the Bishop Mussio Elementary School glee choir and drama program and a member of the CCHS choir and drama club. Her most recently participated in her high school musicals, "Once Upon a Mattress" and "A Little Princess," where she sung a leading role as Sara Crewe and as Terk in "Tarzan: the Musical."
Prichard is the 15-year-old daughter of Mark and Shari Prichard of Wintersville. She is studying voice under the direction of Carolyn Glaub at the Center of Music and Art. She is a sophomore at Steubenville High School and participates in the drama club and a capella choir. She has performed in "Cats," "Once Upon A Mattress" and "A Christmas Carol" at Steubenville High School. Prichard has a passion for music, theater and sharing her faith and is a youth worship leader at Crossroads Christian Church in Wintersville. She was invited to participate in the Day of Prayer music celebration in Steubenville last summer and annually sings at Elkhorn Valley Christian Camp.
Joseph Jurasko, brother of Laura, is a 2006 graduate of Catholic Central High School. He held major roles in his high school musicals. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 with a degree in computer applications and theology. While at the university, he participated in marching band, the folk choir, the men's glee club and several student-run musical theater groups. He works at Sports Pittsburgh in the South Hills, while working toward a degree in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh.
Theresa Jurasko has served as music educator and performer for many years in the local area. She has taught at Steubenville High School, St. Agnes Grade School, Aquinas Elementary School and Catholic Central High School. As an organist she serves at her home parish, St. Agnes, and plays at various Masses in the Steubenville Diocese. She graduated from Silver Lake College with a degree in music education. She is coordinator of music ministry at Christ the King Chapel at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Bill Cashdollar is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in music, with special focus on percussion and music composition. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the U.S. Association of Rudimental Drummers and is the percussion director at the Center of Music and Art, where he has been teaching for more than five years.