Howard County Arts Council names three winners of its annual Howie awards


December 12, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

The Howard County Arts Council has chosen Ellen Kennedy, Valerie Costantini and the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. to receive its annual Howie awards as outstanding artist, arts educator and business supporter of the arts.

The Arts Council instituted the Howie awards to recognize long-term contributions to the arts in Howard County. Nominations are solicited from businesses, arts and education leaders and the community. The executive committee of the Howard County Arts Council selects the winners.

Ellen Kennedy serves as president of the Howard County Poetry and Literary Society, an organization she helped found in 1974. Valerie Costantini, associate professor of theater and chairperson of the performing-arts division of Howard Community College, has organized many workshops and arts series as well as summer arts programs. Baltimore Gas & Electric has supported such organizations as Columbia Festival for the Arts, Columbia Pro Cantare, Candlelight Concert Society and Kinetics Dance Theater.


The finals of the Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition, the only vocal contest for students at the Peabody Conservatory, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the school's Friedberg Hall, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place.

About 24 students are expected to compete for the opportunity to perform in concert with Peabody's full orchestra and a first-place award of $1,000. The second-place award is $500.

This year's judges are opera singers Rose Bampton and Spiro Malis and University of Maryland vocal teacher Louise McClelland. For details and to confirm the competition schedule, call (410) 659-8140.


The Baltimore Choral Arts Society has chosen a choral piece written by 16-year-old Alicia Rabins, a senior at Towson High School, to perform at its annual Christmas concerts.

Ms. Rabins' composition "MA'OZ TZUR" (Rock of Ages), selected as part of the Society's student composer project, will be performed by the full chorus and orchestra at its Dec. 18 and 19 concerts at Goucher College, Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

Ms. Rabins, who studies violin, viola and piano, has attended a program for young composers at the Walden School summer camp in New Hampshire. Another of her compositions, "DIVAGUER," was performed last spring at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She studies composition with Pamela Layman Quist.

The BCAS Student Composer Program, in its fourth year, gives Maryland students the opportunity to have their compositions performed by a professional chorus and orchestra. The new work is also broadcast on WBJC radio.


* Dundalk Community Theatre will hold auditions for its spring production of the tap-dance comedy "Stepping Out" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in the college theater on the campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road. The production, directed by John Desmore, calls for nine women and one man. Bring tap shoes. For details, call (410) 285-9667 Monday through Friday.

* Auditions for "A Thurber Carnival," the February production of Liberty Showcase Theater, are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 20. The auditions on Dec. 18 and 19 are at Winands Elementary School, 8301 Scotts Level Road, Pikesville; the Dec. 20 auditions are at Sudbrook Middle School, 4300 Bedford Road, Pikesville. For details, call (410) 922-1912 or (410) 653-2917.

* The Pasadena Theatre Company will hold auditions for "Nude with Violin" at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night at Baldwin Hall, Route 178 and Millersville Road in Millersville. For details, call (410) 760-5448 or (410) 789-6789.

* The Jewish Community Center is seeking instrumental and vocal musicians for its new jazz ensemble, symphony orchestra and chorale. The jazz ensemble, directed by Michael Raitzyk, meets on the first and last Wednesdays of the month at the Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave. The symphony orchestra, directed by Vladimir Svoysky, meets every Wednesday evening at the Park Heights JCC. The chorale meets every Thursday evening at the Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. All instruments and voice ranges are invited to audition. For details on these groups and to schedule an audition, call Claudine Davison at (410) 542-4900.

* The Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, in residence at Essex Community College, is forming a string orchestra for younger musicians who are at least 9 years old. Directed by Dee Sparks, this new group, Sinfonia, is designed to help prepare students to participate in the GBYO. Rehearsals are 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays at Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd. For details and to arrange an audition, call (410) 780-6521.


Jan. 12 is the deadline for applications to the city's fifth annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition. All male and female vocalists living in Baltimore city or county who are or will be at least 18 years old by Jan. 12 are eligible to apply. First prize is $1,500 and a performance at Artscape; second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500. Semi-final and final auditions are scheduled for April 9 at the Walters Art Gallery. For details and an application, call (410) 396-4575.

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