Soprano Stephanie, a junior, and first tenor Henry, a sophomore, are members of Curt Shetler's concert choir class at North High. Stephanie, who says she has been singing since she was a little girl, joined the class for pleasure, but since has "really gotten into it."
Henry sang with the Junior All State Chorus last year. Both are planning to be music teachers.
The two are among the close to 900 students who auditioned for the chorus at several sites in Maryland, says Mary Ellen Cohn, music festival director for the Maryland Music Educators Association which sponsors the All State Band, Orchestra and Chorus program.
The concert program was chosen in conjunction with guest conductor Charlene Archibeque of San Jose State University in California. It includes a Kyrie from a Mozart Mass, a piece by Handel and a spiritual - all very demanding, Cohn adds.
In their spare time - and there hasn't been much while preparing for the concert - the couple likes to listen to music together or go to the movies. Henry says he listens to anything; Stephanie is partial to classical music and Broadway show tunes. The pair missed an opportunity to perform together last year when snow canceled North High's production of "The Wizard of Oz." Stephanie had been cast as the Tin Man, Henry as the Scarecrow.
Both have taken piano lessons for about 12 years. Their instrumental training and sight-reading skills gave them an advantage in state-level auditions, according to former Clear Spring Middle School music teacher Ruth Stenger Japzon, who helped them prepare.
The choristers will have to sing all works in the concert from memory. Stephanie describes their task as "challenging. It's a lot of work, but a lot of fun."
But they don't mind practicing -together.