Founder of youth orchestra wins 'Gold 13 Salute'

NEIGHBORS

November 18, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

Angelo Gatto of Glenwood thought his wife, Margaret Keating Gatto, was taking him out for his birthday celebration on Nov. 10.

But when the Gattos arrived at their destination at Catonsville Community College, some members of the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, which Gatto founded, were there, claiming to be attending another event.

Students asked Gatto to tell some stories. As Gatto recalled events from his 30 years as director of the orchestra, Bob Turk of WJZ Channel 13 in Baltimore, arrived with a camera crew. The amazed maestro was told that he was a winner of the station's "Gold 13 Salute."

The station gives the award in recognition of service contributed by an outstanding member of the community. The awards ceremony will air on Channel 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

Orchestra parent Nancy Bresnehan of Odenton nominated Mr. Gatto, who also teaches strings at Bushy Park, Lisbon and West Friendship Elementary Schools, and at Glenwood middle and Glenelg high schools. Many parents of current and former orchestra members attended the awards ceremony. These parents and others who have been enjoying the orchestra for many years make up an informal Angelo Gatto Fan Club.

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If you are interested in hearing the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Gatto will lead the group in works by Beethoven, Strauss, and Handel starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Catonsville Community College. They also will perform Jan. 30 in a reunion concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of the orchestra.

For ticket information, call 442-5645. Former orchestra members are invited to call Kay Miller of Glenwood at 489-7545 for information about the reunion concert.

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What do you do after you've graduated from Glenelg High School with straight A's, sung in the chorus and madrigals, played French horn in the concert band and participated in musicals, student government and track?

If you're Susan Wisch of West Friendship you study musical theater at Boston Conservatory during the summer, and enter the Naval Academy.

In addition to her studies and other strenuous training at the Academy, which she entered this summer, Midshipman Fourth Class Wisch is a member of the Academy's Glee Club. Susan recently sang with the Women's Glee Club at Navy Day festivities in San Francisco, with Tony Bennett and Robert Merrill. The women's group will travel to London in the Spring to perform.

The full Academy Glee Club is preparing to present Handel's Messiah in Annapolis and at Hood College in Frederick this holiday season. They also are preparing a program called "Christmas in Washington," which will be televised from the White House in December.

As a member of the Academy's drama group, the Masqueraders, Susan currently is appearing in "Tartuffe" by Moliere. During the winter, she will appear in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe."

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Jacqueline Brown will speak on "Parenting in the '90s," at the Monday PTA meeting at Clarksville Elementary School. Dr. Brown is coordinator of human relations for the Howard County Public Schools. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. For more information, please call the school at 313-7050.

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Parents at Mount View Middle School had a chance to go back to school themselves this month. Media Specialist Joseph Duckworth introduced the school's electronic card catalogs to the parents on Tuesday. Yesterday, he offered parents instruction in the use of the school's local area network for computers. I wonder if the parents learned the systems as quickly as the kids.

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The Maryland 4-H Livestock judging team competed in the North American International Livestock Competition at Louisville Kentucky Tuesday. Local 4-H members Randy Mullinix of Lisbon and Jason Murray of Glenelg, both 16, formed half the team. Monica Feeser of Carroll County and Bob Dinsmore of Frederick County are the other team members. Melissa Harrison of Carroll County is the team substitute.

The team placed first in "The Big E: New England's Great State Fair," first in the youth competition during the Eastern National Livestock Show in Timonium, and second in the junior livestock judging contest during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition at Harrisburg, Pa. These contests, held this fall, were warm ups to the National competitions, according to coach William A. Curry and his assistant, Karen E. Holloway.

Randy won firsts in swine judging and overall standings at the New England Fair. He was first in sheep judging and tied for first in the reasons category there. He placed second overall behind Jason in the Eastern National Livestock Show, second in reasons, and third in swine judging. He jumped back to first overall in the Keystone, and placed first in swine judging, seventh in beef cattle judging, and sixth in reasons.

Jason took a fifth in swine judging, a fourth in sheep judging and a ninth in reasons at the Big E. He received a third in swine judging at the Keystone.

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The chorus and orchestra of Glenwood Middle School gave a Fall Concert Nov. 2 at the school. All of the accompaniment for the 80-voice chorus was performed by students, including Brian Rice, Stacey Myers, Lynsey Caldwell and Jamie Lancaster.

Orchestra soloists included Heather Dernoeden, violin; Amanda Miller, viola; and Samantha Johnston, bass.

Marcene Huebner directed the chorus, and Mr. Gatto conducted the orchestra. Mary Reinhardt, Kara Ford and Brian Rice sang a trio called "The Rose."

The Spring Chorus and Orchestra concert is scheduled for March 22, and Ms. Huebner and Mr. Gatto invite you to attend.

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