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Just sing, sing a song

All-County choruses perform

All-County choruses perform

October 20, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN

karenh@herald-mail.com

Eleven-year-old Brandon Harmon sings everywhere. He doesn't care who knows.

"That is awesome! Singing in the shower!" Brandon said, exchanging high-fives with a fellow member of the All-County Middle School Chorus in the gymnasium of North Hagerstown High School.

While middle schoolers like Brandon waited for their encore performance in Wednesday's show, the All-County High School Chorus performed.

The screens of video cameras and audience members' occasional glances at their flip-top phones dimly lit the auditorium. On stage, the sequins of girls' dresses twinkled.

Boonsboro Middle School seventh-grader Maddie Zayas said she dreams of being "discovered" by someone in the seats and becoming a star.

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"I want to be an opera singer," the 12-year-old said.

Stacy Ingraham, a 17-year-old Williamsport High School senior, said she loves the rush performance brings. She wants to pursue performing arts after she graduates.

"I'm not sure, yet, but I definitely want to keep performing in my life," Stacy said.

About 100 middle schoolers performed in the show's first act, while about 180 high school students took the stage after intermission. The two audition-only groups joined voices in one song at the end of the evening.

A near-capacity crowd filled the seats of the auditorium. Mothers held bundles of roses and cameras.

"It was awesome, it rocked, it was so fun!" Alli Herr, 13, screamed as the middle schoolers waited in the gym.

For Cinnamon Rowland, a Washington County elementary school teacher, the night held special meeting. She sang as a student about 20 years ago under the direction of guest conductor Verda Slinkard, a teacher at Edgewood High School in Ellettsville, Ind.

"She gets a lot out of the kids. She is able to pull a lot of emotion out of them," Rowland said.

Rowland's son, Brett, 15, agreed. The Williamsport High School sophomore has performed four years in a row with the county choruses.

"I just learned you can get a lot of good vocals out of a good conductor," Brett said after the show ended.

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