Women musicians find performances allow them to share kinship Concert to benefit scholarship fund

February 19, 1993|By Angela Winter Ney | Angela Winter Ney,Staff Writer

The music started as something they did for themselves. Now four county women use their collaborations to help others.

Last month, their performance raised money to buy choir robes for the children at Cape St. Claire United Methodist Church.

This month, they're putting on a benefit concert for a professor at Anne Arundel Community College who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The women -- two vocalists, an organist and a flutist -- call themselves the Kindred Spirits, because, as organist Kathryn Miguez explains, "That's kind of how we feel about music. There's a feeling of kinship when you do music together."

The women are church musicians from four county churches.Three are members of the American Guild of Organists in Annapolis.

Linda Kahl and Phyllis Parker met at a Methodist church conference last summer, where they sang duets.

Their music was so well-received that they decided to put together a benefit program. Ms. Miguez offered to be their accompanist, and she asked a friend, professional flutist Carolyn Sonnen, to join the group.

They've developed a musical presentation focusing on sacred and classical music, which the nonprofit foursome hopes can be used by churches or other organizations as fund-raisers, Ms. Miguez said.

The next concert, scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Anne Arundel Community College, is to benefit a scholarship fund in the name of art professor Jane I. Schwarz.

Admission to the hour-long program will be a donation to a scholarship fund in Ms. Schwarz's name. The selections will include religious music by Bach, Beethoven and Handel, and a Dvorak flute sonata by Ms. Sonnen.

"We wanted to do this for her as a sort of living memorial," Ms. Kahl said.

Ms. Schwarz, who has pancreatic cancer, has been a vocalist at St. John the Evangelist Church in Severna Park and performed at Ms. Miguez's church, Christ Episcopal Church in West River.

She has taught painting, drawing, design and color and is a member of the Maryland Federation of Artists. Her work will be on display at the college in March and April.

The scholarship fund was established Dec. 1, "in appreciation of her service and generous contributions to the studio and art program of Anne Arundel Community College."

The Jane I. Schwarz honor scholarship in studio art will be awarded each academic year to a deserving resident of Anne Arundel County seeking a degree or certificate in the college's studio art program.

Ms. Schwarz, who has taught at the college for nearly a decade, said she's "very pleased" about the scholarship fund in her name. "I consider it a great honor they would name this after me, especially when others at the college have worked there longer," she said. "I was thrilled."

Illness forced her to stop teaching, but the professor has managed to complete an art show she had scheduled for this spring.

Opening March 17, the show will include mixed media, such a drawings and oil paintings. A special touch will be a group of innovative sculptural pieces which Ms. Schwarz calls her "stick pieces."

Many of her paintings deal with fields, such as fields of dandelions. "In a sense, this is bringing a field of color into the gallery," she said.

"She's really a wonderful person," Ms. Miguez said. "We're pleased to perform this concert in her name."

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