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Children's Choral Festival and Workshop scheduled for March 9

January 14, 2002

Children's Choral Festival and Workshop scheduled for March 9



By MARLO BARNHART
marlob@herald-mail.com


Starting very soon, young people from Washington County will begin getting ready for the annual Hagerstown Children's Choral Festival and Workshop scheduled for March 9.

Betty-Ann Lynerd has signed on to be the guest clinician for the workshops at Trinity Lutheran Church, where there will be morning sessions for choral directors and a children's choir rehearsal in the afternoon.

All of the daylong activities will culminate with a children's choir festival concert at 4 p.m., also at Trinity.

Hagerstown choral festival committee members this year include Nola Harnish and Greg Shook of Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, Darlene Robison of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Wendy Marsh of Zion Reformed Church, Clair Johannsen of Trinity Lutheran Church and Judy Miller of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

In years past, more than 40 young singers from the area have participated in the event. Youngsters must be in grades three through eight and are responsible for purchasing their music.

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Lynerd is director of music at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lanham, Md., where she leads three choirs, including two children's choruses.

In addition, Lynerd directs the Queen Anne's Chorale and the Queen Anne's Youth Chorale, along with a chamber chorus - Women's Voices of Maryland.

A former instructor at Nyack College and King's College in New York, Lynerd recently conducted choral festivals in Seoul, South Korea, at the U.S. Naval Academy and in Easton, Md.

The youngsters come from different schools and churches, but they share an enthusiasm for choral music. All selections must be memorized by those participating in the concert.

The morning workshop is on choral techniques for children and is geared toward choir directors and directors of children's ministries plus those interested in or who are working with children.

The fee is $25 and includes lunch.

The choir registration fee for the afternoon session is $20.

There is no cost to attend the concert, which is open to the public. Concert selections will include "I Will Give Thanks," "A Two-Part Alleluia," "A Call to Praise," "A Winter Night" and "A Lenten Love Song."

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