Chorus calls forth intensity Youth singers set Annapolis debut ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY DIVERSIONS

October 30, 1992|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

For all the intensity etched on Ernest Green's face, you'd think the Annapolis Chorale was performing Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" tomorrow.

"Eyes, eyes, eyes!" he cajoles. "You absolutely must watch! Listen to each other. Try it without the music once."

But this isn't Beethoven and it's not the Annapolis Chorale. Not the adult chorale, anyway.

These 32 singers range from 8 to 17 years old, and Maestro Green is busily at work preparing them for Sunday's debut of the Annapolis Chorale Youth Chorus at 3 p.m. at St. Anne's Church in the capital city.

The fledgling ensemble will assist the adult chamber chorus in the Scottish folk song "Afton Water" and perform alone in selections like "We Share the World Together."

The Youth Chorus has been a gleam in Mr. Green's eye for some time.

"We've worked with youngsters before in our Christmas concerts and in pieces like 'Carmina Burana,' " he says. "Each time the response was overwhelming. We sensed a need for this. We expected maybe 20 kids at auditions, and nearly 50 came."

The new group thrills Caitlin Marlow, an 11-year-old who attends Indian Creek School.

"I love it," she says. "I sing in my school chorus and like being in this one, too. I just love singing," she says.

"She sang 'Carmina Burana' with the Chorale and thoroughly enjoyed that," says Caitlin's mother, Pat Quinn. "There aren't enough opportunities like this for children, and we want to do anything we can for kids and music."

Clearly Mr. Green has ambitious things in mind for his youngsters.

"We've begun to teach sight-singing, and we may begin to group the kids into smaller ensembles to encourage even more," he reports.

"They sound great after only five rehearsals," he says, with the air of a proud father. "Only five."

Interested young singers may call 263-1906 about joining the Annapolis Chorale Youth Chorus.

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