The 2018 Frederick County Public Schools all-county high and middle school music festivals are fast approaching.
“Please save the dates and encourage family, friends and neighbors to attend and show their support of our county’s extremely talented students and to support music education in Frederick County public schools,” encourages Dr. Randy Rumpf, FCPS curriculum specialist for secondary visual and performing arts.
High school students will perform Saturday, January 27 (snow date January 29), and middle school students on Saturday, February 3 (snow date February 5). Both concerts are from 7-10 p.m. at Gov. Thomas Johnson High. Admission, payable at the door in cash only, is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for guests age 60 and older and children under school age.
The All-County High School Concert will showcase choir, band and orchestra students selected using a rigorous audition process. Of 120 high school students performing, 36 are in the chorus, 52 in band and 32 in orchestra. Three conductors have selected repertoire to showcase student talents. Kenneth Elpus, associate professor of music education at the University of Maryland, College Park, will lead the chorus. Terence O’Neill, director of instrumental music at Bel Air High in Harford County, will conduct the orchestra. Dr. Christopher Cicconi, director of bands and orchestras, and assistant professor of music education at Towson University, will conduct the band.
The Middle School Festival will also showcase choir, band and orchestra students selected via rigorous auditions. Of 169 middle school students performing, 63 are in the chorus, 57 in band and 49 in orchestra. Three conductors have selected repertoire to showcase student talents. Joseph Shortall, concert and treble choir director of the Baltimore Children’s Choir, will lead the chorus. Dr. C. Nelson Fritts Jr., retired Cecil County Public Schools Fine Arts Supervisor, has served as a guest conductor throughout Maryland and will conduct the orchestra. Deb Kamuf, instrumental music teacher with 26 years of experience in Montgomery County Public Schools, will conduct the band.
Proceeds from admission support this and other countywide FCPS musical events. FCPS employees are admitted free when presenting their FCPS badge at the door.
For weather announcements regarding this event or other information about the concert, please visit http://education.fcps.org/vpasec.