It's one thing to have a talent, be it musical, dramatic, literary or in the visual arts, but it is quite another to be able to showcase that talent to its best advantage.
To address this, at least for those whose talent is vocal, J. Ernest Green, music director of the Annapolis Chorale, is holding a series of workshops to develop the skills for a successful audition.
Mr. Green's classes will help participants learn how to sing and identify intervals, grasp the basics of sight reading, and work on a specific piece to audition for the chorale. The workshops are open to established, new and aspiring chorale members.
One session of the six-week workshop will meet from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Mondays, starting tonight, and the other from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting tomorrow. Both groups also have a session scheduled Wednesday, June 8, and the Tuesday group has one session scheduled Monday, June 13.
The fee is $50 for chorale members, and $60 for nonmembers.
For more information or to register for the workshops, call the chorale office at 263-1906.
Talent is a common theme this week. A case in point: choreographer Eileen Carson of Annapolis, artistic director of the Fiddle Puppet Dancers and a faculty member at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
Ms. Carson recently was named a recipient of a 1994 two-year
National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers' Fellowship, an award given to professional choreographers.
Ms. Carson's Fiddle Puppet Dancers have been chosen as one of eight groups to represent traditional music and dance at the Smithsonian Institution's first major international exhibition, "The American Festival Japan '94," which will be held in July at the Nippon Convention Center in Makuhari city, north of Tokyo. The Fiddle Puppet Dancers are known for their Appalachian-style clogging and other percussive dance.
Also from Maryland Hall comes word that master carver Wayne Barton, director of the Alpine School of Wood Carving, will teach two courses this spring at the hall. "Basic Chip Carving," geared to the needs of beginners, will meet from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 16-20. "Advanced Chip Carving" will meet the following week during the same hours.
Registration forms are in the Maryland Hall course catalogs at Anne Arundel County libraries. Registration is first come, first served.
Graphic artists are invited to submit drawings for the Southern Anne Arundel County calendar sponsored by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society and the Galesville Heritage Society.
Thirteen sites were selected for the calendar and its cover. Acceptable media include pencil, pen and ink, or charcoal.
For a list of selected sites, call Newell Cannon at (410) 867-4763.
Drawings, 17 inches high by 22 inches wide, must be submitted to Mrs. Cannon at 1127 Cumberstone Road, Harwood, Md. 20776, by June 1.
Saturday at the Charles Carroll House and Gardens, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, there will be an 18th Century Trade Faire, with 18th century building and merchant trade demonstrations, artisans, music and food. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 269-1737.
Perennials, shrubs, roses and herbs from the 18th century will be on display at the Historic Annapolis annual Spring Plant Sale at the William Paca Garden on Saturday and Sunday.
Topiaries and garden-related items also will be available.
The sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free.
Quiet Waters Park initiates its 1994 Environmental Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the discussion "Osprey: The Magnificent Fish Hawk."
The series is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Bird Club, the Friends of Quiet Waters Park, the Severn River Association, the Sierra Club, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The lectures are recommended for those 12 and older.
Due to limited seating in the Blue Heron Center, advance registration is recommended. Call 222-1777.
A $1 donation is requested to cover speaker costs.
The Annapolis Junior Striders Summer Series begins Saturday at Bates Track, behind Maryland Hall. The series of races for youngsters is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Annapolis Striders.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The races begin at 6 p.m. May 14 and 28, June 11 and 25, and July 9 and 23.
All participants will receive a ribbon. Those who attend three of the six meets will be awarded a T-shirt. There are races for different age groups, an obstacle race and one track race.
Participation is free, but donations are welcome.
Call the Annapolis Striders hot line at 268-1165.