Choir plans workshops to train gospel singers

NEIGHBORS

September 07, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

The Gospel Choir of St. John Baptist Church, at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, will hold a series of four gospel workshops beginning Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The workshops will conclude with a concert on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

"The workshops are open to anyone with an interest in gospel music," says Barbara Barnes, director of the St. John choir. "You don't need choir experience. We just want people who like to sing."

The workshop will be directed by Valeria Foster and offers an excellent opportunity for vocalists to learn from one of the most prominent gospel directors and performers in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Miss Foster, who has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and in Europe with the London Symphony Orchestra, is the musical director of the youth choir of Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington and director, arranger, and founder of the vocal group Shades of Black.

She is also the minister of music at Brookland Baptist Church and directs the gospel choir at the University of Maryland College Park. In addition, she is the associate choral director of gospel productions for the Washington Performing Art Society at the Kennedy Center.

The workshop registration fee is $15, with a $3 discount for anyone who registers before Saturday.

For additional information or to register, call Barbara Barnes at 997-4667.

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As the primary elections grow closer, it is obvious to all who drive the roadways of Columbia that good, old-fashioned politicking is definitely alive and well in Howard County.

I have never seen so many would-be politicians. They're everywhere! For the last few weeks, mornings and evenings, almost every intersection in Columbia has had at least one happily waving political hopeful holding a brightly printed placard with emblazoned with the candidate's name.

In addition to the visual assault of this multitude of smiling, vote-hungry politicians and their supporters holding huge, mobile roadside billboards, many have knocked on doors for a brief personal chat, or called on the phone for a quick "vote-for-me" reminder.

I guess I shouldn't be complaining, though. Because of redistricting and all the new names and faces who have arrived on the political scene for this primary election, voters will likely need all the help they can get in order to make a wise, and truly analytical, selection of the candidates.

On Tuesday, we will somehow find our way through the maze of names, faces and promises, and cast our votes. And then, right or wrong, we'll all have to live with our decisions, at least until the next election.

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Maybe you've noticed your youngster has fun tinkling the ivories on Grandma's old upright piano, and maybe you think that he/she has some potential.

If so, you should check out the introductory piano lessons for children, ages 3 to 7, offered at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Center, starting Tuesday.

The cost of the six-week course is a very reasonable $54, and it just might lead to something bigger and better.

To register, or for information on class schedules, call 730-3987.

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A lot of people think country music should stay in the country. However, polls taken by Billboard magazine and other music publications indicate that the popularity of country music is rapidly rising nationwide.

Part of the reason for the new life given to one of America's most traditional styles of music is the growing popularity of country line dances spawned by the music.

Pat and Jim Davis have been teaching country line dancing at Slayton House for a few years now.

They will begin a new, four-week class on country line dances Tuesday, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Join the fun and learn the Matador, God Bless Texas and many other favorites.

The cost of the country line dance course is $20 per person, or $6 per class.

For additional information, or to register, call 730-3987.

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