Youngsters to lift their voices in National Children's Chorus

March 17, 1994|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Four members of the Children's Chorus of Carroll County are in Chattanooga, Tenn., to perform Saturday in the National Children's Chorus.

Melissa Hildenbrand, 12, an alto; Justin Moffitt, 12, a soprano; and Jennifer Andersen and Robby Kesler, 13-year-old sopranos, were chosen to participate in the concert after submitting audition tapes.

"Kids from all over the country auditioned," said Idalea Rubin, co-director of the Children's Chorus and a music teacher at Spring Garden Elementary in Hampstead.

Mrs. Rubin and co-director Diane Jones, who teaches music at William Winchester Elementary School in Westminster, started the Children's Chorus eight years ago.

The Children's Chorus is an auditioned chorus composed of children from second grade up. It is sponsored by the Carroll County Arts Council.

Mrs. Rubin and Mrs. Jones are sponsoring and accompanying the four youngsters to the concert given by the Organization of Kodaly Educators, an international organization of music teachers.

"They are singing in French, German, Latin and English," Mrs. Rubin said.

Learning a different language can sometimes be a challenge, said Robby, a Mount Airy Middle School seventh-grader. "Learning the accent of a piece can be hard," he said. "It makes you feel good when you finally get the song right."

The students have been practicing for months.

"You have to manage your time," said Melissa, a seventh-grader at East Middle School.

The group will be in Tennessee today and tomorrow, and will perform on Saturday. Rehearsals will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow.

"One of the things that's good about the chorus is that it gives us the opportunity to work with students who are talented in music and are motivated and self disciplined," said Mrs. Rubin. "They have a desire to learn the music."

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