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All County Middle and Senior High School Honor Choruses raise $3,000

October 16, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

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HAGERSTOWN -- North Hagerstown High School's auditorium stage was a patchwork of glitter, sequins and neckties Wednesday evening as about 300 of the county's best middle and high school singers joined their voice in song.

The annual performance of the All County Middle and Senior High School Honor Choruses raised about $3,000 for the choral programs, and despite some problems with the auditorium's sound system, the audience of more than 650 people roared with applause.

"We're very proud of the commitment of the young singers in Washington County," High School County Chorus Chairwoman Paula Boyd said.

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The singers attended several hours-long evening rehearsals to prepare for the show, Boyd said.

Smithsburg High School junior Patrick Herrera, 16, said the rehearsals are very hard work, particularly when it comes to getting the pitches just right. The practice pays off when the singers hear the reaction from the audience, Herrera said.

Students said they liked many of this year's selections, but many said their favorite was "Can You Hear?," the finale sung by a combination of the middle and high school choruses.

That song featured a solo by eighth-graders Page Wade, 13, of Springfield Middle School and Amanda Kerr, 12, of Boonsboro Middle School. The girls were selected for the solo through an audition, which was open to both middle and high school students.

"I love doing this, and to be up against the best of the best out of every school, and especially the high schoolers, it's a really big deal," Wade said. "It's a great opportunity."

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