Hear Student Musicians in All-County Concerts

Hear Student Musicians in All-County Concerts

High School Concert Saturday, January 26
Middle School Concert Saturday, February 2

 

The 2019 Frederick County Public Schools all-county high and middle school music festivals are fast approaching.

High school students will perform Saturday, January 26 (snow date Monday, January 28), and middle school students on Saturday, February 2 (snow date Monday, February 4). Both concerts are from 7-10 p.m. at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. 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 132 high school students performing, 38 are in the chorus, 56 in band and 38 in orchestra. Three conductors have selected repertoire to showcase student talents. Dr. Matthew Oltman, associate professor of voice and director of the Conservatory Choir at Shenandoah University, will lead the chorus. The orchestra is under the direction of Jamie Reeves, who conducts the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and is assistant conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Michael Votta, director of bands and professor of wind conducting at the University of Maryland, will conduct the band.

The Middle School Concert will also showcase choir, band and orchestra students selected via rigorous auditions. Of 157 middle school students performing, 64 are in the chorus, 51 in band and 40 in orchestra. Three conductors have selected repertoire to showcase student talents. Dr. Matthew Fritz, associate professor of music at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, where he conducts the Concert Choir and College-Community Chorus, will lead the chorus. Tim Reinhardt, Howard County Public Schools middle school orchestra director and clinician, will conduct the orchestra. Kay Tilden, retired Carroll County Public Schools band and orchestra director and frequent guest conductor, will conduct the band.

“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 Kim Hirschmann, FCPS curriculum specialist for secondary visual and performing arts. 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.