The Frederick County Public Schools’ Elementary Honors Chorus makes the Weinberg Center for the Arts the place to be on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets for this 32nd annual event, sold at the door (cash only), are $5 for adults and $3 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 Dr. Brent C. Talbot, and accompanists Green Valley Elementary music teacher Amy Deavers and Emmitsburg Elementary music teacher Carrie Trax.
Dr. Talbot is an associate professor and coordinator of music education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. He holds degrees in music education from Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music, with a diploma in ethnomusicology. Dr. Talbot is artistic director of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir and was founding director of the Eastman Young Children's Chorus. An active choral clinician, he has conducted numerous county and district honor choirs and directed groups at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Chautauqua Institute. As an artist-in-residence, Dr. Talbot has taught thousands of students across the country about Balinese music and dance. He is the founding director of Gamelan Gita Semara, an instrumental ensemble that performs concerts of contemporary and traditional music from Bali, Indonesia. Dr. Talbot is the author of three books, and his work is published in state, national, and international journals.