Children's choral workshop planned for spring

January 09, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

A children's choral workshop this spring is shaping up to be a real "healthy day" both for children and for music, according to one veteran choir director.

"This event will inspire and encourage," said Greg Shook, minister of music at John Wesley United Methodist Church. "Music is a very uniting thing."

Indeed, it has been organized to enhance music in area churches and in the community.

Set for Saturday, April 24, the all-day workshop will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Randolph Avenue, according to Nola Harnish, committee chairman.

Guest clinician will be Janeal Krehbiel of Lawrence, Kan.

"I worked with Janeal about five years ago, and she is very, very gifted," Shook said.

Krehbiel has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in music. For the past 27 years, she has taught music on every age level.


And since 1995, Krehbiel has held a clinical assistant professorship in the music education department at the University of Kansas.

Shook is a product of Washington County schools. He said he was fortunate to have come through when the music program was strong here.

"Now the schools have nothing to offer, especially in vocal music," Shook said.

For this and other reasons, Shook said he believes turnout will be good for the April 24 event.

The morning workshop for adults carries a $25 fee.

Children in grades 3-8 will participate in the afternoon session, which will serve as a choir rehearsal for a children's concert at 4:30 p.m.

The cost per choir is $20.

Each choir is responsible for its own music, Harnish said.

In addition to Harnish and Shook, the committee consists of:

- Mark King, minister of music at St. John's Episcopal Church

- Linda Kelley, director of music, Hagerstown Church of the Brethren

- Betty Kitchen, a Washington County music teacher

- Wendy Marsh, children's choir director at Zion Reformed Church

For more information on the festival, call Harnish at 301-797-3330 or Shook at 301-733-0391.

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