The Frederick County Public Schools’ Elementary Honors Chorus makes the Weinberg Center for the Arts the place to be on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets for this 33rd 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 Alysia Lee, and accompanists Green Valley Elementary music teacher Amy Deavers and Emmitsburg Elementary music teacher Carrie Trax.
Alysia Lee is the Fine Arts coordinator for the Maryland State Department of Education where she shares her vision of statewide equity and excellence across five arts disciplines. She is also the founder and artistic director of Sister Cities Girlchoir, an El Sistema-inspired choral academy with programming in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. As an arts educator, artist and arts advocate, Lee has a broad perspective of the arts education system. She champions cultural citizenship through the arts to cultivate relationships in diverse communities. She has received local and national recognition for her work to advance access, equity, visibility, representation and power-sharing among artists, organizations and communities. Key to her methods are leadership development, building strong partnerships, and intersectional approaches to engagement. Centering learning around artistic excellence, creativity and multiculturalism, she has designed and implemented K-12 arts education and professional-development programs throughout the east coast. Lee is a Baltimore native and alumna of Maryland schools, including the George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina School for the Arts and a graduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory. In 2011, Lee was selected from an international pool of applicants to the third cohort of the Sistema Fellowship at New England Conservatory. She has also completed executive education programs at Harvard University and La Salle University.