The Frederick County Public Schools’ Elementary Honors Chorus makes the Weinberg Center for the Arts the place to be on Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets for this 31st annual event, sold at the door (cash only), are $5 for adults and $2 for students; senior citizens ages 60 and above are admitted free. Ticket prices support the arts in Frederick County public schools. FCPS employees enter free with their ID badge.
“It’s remarkable to watch 150 of our finest young vocalists arrive from across Frederick County, never having met, to rehearse and perform within 36 hours. Our students’ voices are a powerful inspiration to lift the audience’s spirits. As always we expect the house to be packed with proud families and friends of the arts,” says Susan Thomas, FCPS elementary arts curriculum specialist.
Fifth graders who made it through auditions to represent each public elementary school in the county are rehearsing weekly with their school music teachers. The day before the concert, they will meet their fellow chorus members, guest conductor Beverly Gandolfo, and accompanists Green Valley Elementary music teacher Amy Deavers and Yellow Springs and Middletown Elementary music teacher Lois Kuhn.
Conductor Beverly Gandolfo retired from her 38-year teaching career in Carroll County Public Schools in 2015. She taught middle school vocal music for 15 years and high school choral music for 23 years. Ms. Gandolfo's high school choirs consistently received superior ratings at district and state adjudications. She remains active as a choral adjudicator, clinician and accompanist throughout Maryland. Ms. Gandolfo directs the Carroll Singers, a 60-voice community chorus, and is the pianist/choir director at Emory United Methodist Church in Upperco, Maryland. She served as musical director/conductor for Theatre-on-the -Hill at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel), the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, MD, and for September Song productions in Westminster for many years. She toured the US and Puerto Rico with the Bittersweet Gospel Band, a Christian outreach group, providing keyboards and background vocals. She was also the pianist for Siempre Tango, an Argentine tango orchestra, performing in the Northern Virginia/DC area.