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Two Washington County students perform with All State Junior Chorus

March 13, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • The 2011 All State Junior Chorus performs Sunday at The Maryland Theatre.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The best junior chorus singers from across Maryland — including two from Washington County — performed for the first time Sunday at The Maryland Theatre.

Each year, thousands of student musicians from across Maryland audition for the Maryland All State bands, orchestras and choruses sponsored by the Maryland Music Educators Association.

Students audition and are judged by experts in their field.

Those selected represent the best among Maryland’s middle- and high-school student musicians.

For the 2010-11 school year, 14 Washington County Public Schools musicians were selected as members of the Maryland All State Junior Chorus, All State Senior Chorus, All State Senior Mixed Chorus, All State Senior Women’s Chorus and All State Senior Orchestra.

The senior performances usually are held in the Baltimore area, said Rob Hovermale, supervisor of visual and performing arts for Washington County Public Schools.

For the first time Sunday, the 2011 All State Junior Chorus, made up of students in grades seven through nine,  was held at The Maryland Theatre, Hovermale said.

Among the students singing were Hailey Bricker, a soprano from Williamsport High School, and Savannah Brown, a soprano from the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

To be selected for All State Junior Chorus, students must be nominated by their teachers, said Zayna Null, president-elect of the Maryland Choral Educators Association.

Auditions are held in November and members of the group are selected based on a scoring process, Null said.
About 1,200 students audition and 160 are selected, Null said.

Among the people attending Sunday’s show was Claudia Ades, who was watching her son Oliver perform in the All State Junior Chorus.

Oliver Ades is a student at Pyle Middle School, the largest middle school in Montgomery County, Md., and he was the only student in his school performing in the group, his mother said.

“We’re really proud,” said Ades, who attended Sunday’s show with her husband and daughter.

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