Friendship Center for the Arts


Friendship  Center for the Arts


Alicia Cordelle, Director

8685 Ironsides Road

Nanjemoy, MD  20662



Friendship Center for the Arts, an arts initiative for the children of Southern MD to have access to the fine arts, is hosting a scholarship fundraiser on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 4pm.  Christ Church in La Plata (next to the court house on Charles St) is allowing the center the use of their beautiful and historic church and parish hall for the event.
The program will feature some of our talented young musicians who have participated in  programs sponsored by the Friendship Center for the Arts.  The Schubert Singers will be making their final appearance of the 2009-2010 Season singing a group of spirituals and a Hebrew piece.  The concert will feature the acclaimed 11 year old violinist, Zoe Ziebel in a piece by Vivaldi as well as an ensemble with soprano and director of the center, Alicia Cordelle.  Miss Zeibell will be joined by her younger sister, Calla on cello as they play an ensemble with Ms. Cordelle.  The concert will also present Anna Radtke and Tori Carter in a reprise of some selections from the recent production of the Secret Garden.  Emmaline Jones, a member of the Schubert Singers, will play a solo piano piece.  Angela Garvey, Co-director of the Schubert Singers, will play a Brahms Intermezzo.
Please join the performers after the concert for light refreshments.  There is no charge for the concert  but donations will be accepted for the sole purpose of raising funds for scholarships to the camps offered this summer.  Contact center director, Alicia Cordelle at 301-392-5896 or email  The website address is  The Friendship Landing does operate under a 501(c)3 and donors may receive a letter documenting their contribution upon request.




Friendship Center for the Arts is a not for profit organization to provide the children of Charles County access to the arts.  We believe that all children, regardless of ability to pay, should have the chance to create in the musical, visual, and literary arts.  Currently, children in the public elementary schools have less than one hour of music a week and less than one hour of art a week.







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In the late 17th century William Dent, owner of Friendship Farm, was

 the King’s Attorney General for Maryland. He anchored his trading sloop, named the “Friendship,” on the Nanjemoy Creek at Friendship Landing.  William Dent was an active member and Senior Warden of Christ Church Durham Parish ‘Old Durham’ (Est. 1661).  The earliest parts of the current brick church were constructed from the bricks used as ballast on ships trading between Friendship Landing and England.  Old Durham has played an important role in the history of Charles County and is the oldest public building in the county. The roots of the colonial settlement of this part of the Western Shore of Maryland began where the church now stands.  It is thus fitting that from these historic beginnings, we now launch a new initiative to bring fine arts to the children of Charles County through the Friendship  Center for the Arts.  

The Center will be the entity for hosting several mutually supportive fine arts organizations:

 The Schubert Singers is a concert choir for children 2nd grade and

older.  Angela Garvey, organist and Music Director at Christ Church La Plata, founded the group in the fall of 2004.  The choristers learn and perform folk songs, spirituals, and music by classical and contemporary composers that is especially suited to the young voice.

Old Durham Music & Arts Camp is an annual week-long day camp for children pre-school to age 12.  The camp integrates music instruction with visual arts media.  The highly successful 2008 camp was awarded a Special Projects Grant from the Charles County Arts Alliance.

Friendship Studios offers private vocal and instrumental study with musician Alicia Cordelle.  Ms. Cordelle is accepting vocal students aged 12 and older who are interested in learning the basic techniques of a healthy vocal production.  The students will learn traditional vocal exercises and the standard repertoire suitable for the young voice.  She is also accepting beginning and intermediate woodwind students.

Friendship Instrument Closet is collecting “gently used” band and orchestra instruments.   These instruments will be available to students who may not have the means to rent or purchase their own.  Students will be referred by the instrumental teachers in the area.