Press - 2011

On 03.24.11  |  by The STARS Foundation

Peterson and family to perform at Church of the Brethren March 27


Rebecca Peterson and her family will perform at Cabool Church of the Brethren on Sunday, March 27, at 2:00 p.m.

“My Fifth Symphony” was created by Rebecca Peterson. She has been a concert pianist for 25 years. She and her husband, Matt, have five children, Madison, Hannah, Kyleigh, Weston and Abigayle. They play violins, cello and viola. After developing a music system that they could learn quickly, it was possible to play all together. Regardless of the level that they are at, each has their own part. Rebecca arranges the music for them. They will be performing selections of familiar hymns, music by famous classical composers and movie originals. The Petersons will also bring other friends to perform with them.

The Petersons are originally from Houston, Texas, and have resided in Cabool for ten years. Some familiar events that have been produced by Rebecca are several years of Handel’s “Messiah” held in December, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical and a Relay For Life concert.

“We invite everyone in the community to come and hear this wonderful music,” a spokesperson said. The Daughters of Shalom of the Church will be serving coffee, tea and desserts after the concert. A love offering will be taken.

Cabool Church of the Brethren is located at 1003 Garst Avenue.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise



On 08.26.11  |  by The STARS Foundation

STARS Foundation


Cabool will soon be seeing “STARS” as the culmination of a dream sparked several years ago bringing a fine arts school for all ages downtown. It’s the STARS Foundation, and its founder has high hopes for the project that combines learning with community service.

“It’s a fine arts school free and open to the public in exchange for service in the community,” explains Rebecca Peterson of STARS, which stands for Studying, Teaching And Returning Service. “I dreamt it eight years ago,” she said, and now pieces are falling into place, including a Main Street location where lessons can be given.

STARS has been operating for the past nine months in a church building in Mtn. Grove. Fifty-eight students have participated during that time, in orchestra and piano classes, through group and private lessons. The teachers are all volunteers. Participants have come from as far away as Mansfield and West Plains.

Participants can pay for the lessons – with money, it is then used to rent musical instruments for the school – or they can pay by giving of their time and service to the community. This could be by assisting at the school or at an agency or organization in the community that needs volunteers. Peterson said she has found that “anything free is not appreciated,” those who are dedicated to this program will have the desire to do what it takes to receive this service and give of themselves in return; it benefits everyone. It’s an idea for the school that is possible, she said, “because it comes full circle – someone helping someone.”

STARS Foundation is itself a non-profit organization, officially established in February through Cabool Development Foundation. “Not everyone’s musically inclined,” Peterson noted, so STARS will offer not only music lessons, but also art, languages, drama and, in the future, dance. “All will be available according to donations and funding,” she said. STARS plans to open on Main Street, in the former Cranberry Merchant building, thanks to support by the building’s owner, Vanetta Sponsler.

Peterson said there are a number of ways persons can be a part of STARS. In addition to participating by taking a class and/or teaching a class, there is a need for persons with organizational and fundraising skills. Donations are also needed to the non-profit foundation, be it cash for operations or such items as chairs, musical instruments, stands, art supplies, etc. Musical instruments that are no longer being used could be donated for repairs and students use.



On 10.27.11  |  by The STARS Foundation

Upcoming Soup/Dessert Dinner to Benefit STARS Foundation


by Phyllis Pierce

The Cabool Church of the Brethren is having a soup and dessert dinner and silent auction to help raise money for the STARS Foundation. It will be on Saturday, November 12, starting at 11:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. or until we run out of food. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the STARS Foundation.

While you are there you can bid on the silent auction items. You do not have to be there to win the bid. We will contact you by phone if you win the bid. If you have items you wish to donate to the silent auction, please call Susan at 962-3557 or Phyllis at 962-5091.

Some of the students will be there to play for you while you enjoy your meal and visit with your friends. This is a wonderful way to help your community with a great program for our kids.

The cost of the meal will be $5.00 and we will also have carry out for the ones that want to take their meal home. With your help we can get the supplies the kids need to be successful with their music talents.



On 11.17.11  |  by The STARS Foundation

Event Raises Funds for STARS Program


by Louise Crosbie

The students of STARS Foundation performed Saturday, November 12, at Cabool Church of the Brethren’s soup and dessert luncheon. The orchestra played selections from the classics, movie originals, familiar hymns, even Celtic and bluegrass. The variety of instruments used included violins, violas, cellos, guitars, flutes, horns, drums and piano.

The director/teacher is Rebecca Peterson, who developed a music system for children to learn quickly, allowing them to play with all levels. The results are amazing.

Thank you, STARS for sharing your talents.

During their performance, delicious soups and desserts were available to savor. There were tables with a variety of items to bid on. We owe the smooth-running operation to the organization and hard work of the church ladies. Thanks!

The proceeds from the luncheon and silent auction will go to the STARS Foundation. Again, many thanks to all the people who participated and donated.



On 12.16.11  |  by The STARS Foundation

CSB Performance


Students from STARS Foundation in Cabool performed last Friday afternoon at Cabool State Bank, entertaining bank patrons.