Oakland Mills student plays piano piece for special audience


January 30, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHRISSIE ROCHESTER was invited to play her original composition "Emotion" at a recent meeting of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association held at Catholic University.

Miss Rochester, a sophomore at Oakland Mills High School, has played the piano since she was in third grade. She started composing in eighth grade.

Encouraged by her teacher, Deborah White-Bondhus, the teen-ager also entered her music in the recent "Reflections" art competition sponsored by the National Parent Teachers Association, where she won first place in Howard County and Maryland.

Hammond info line

Hammond High School has added an information line for the convenience of parents and students. The telephone number is 312-7985.

Bob Maxey will update sports schedules; guidance counselor Louise McLaughlin's messages will relate to school curriculum; and secretary Gerrie Gibeau's messages will inform everyone about special school events.

Other Barn programs

Billy Brennan believes that "songs, dances and noises are what preschoolers enjoy and remember."

His program at the Other Barn Feb. 9 includes all of the above plus participation by the audience. After all, noises are the most fun if you are making them.

Tickets for the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. performances are still available and cost $3.75.

On the subject of nature, Michael Shwedick's Feb. 25 show-and-tell program at the Other Barn is all about the "Reptile World" and will have live examples of exotic reptiles.

Tickets for the 2 p.m. show cost $3.75. Information: 730-4610 or (301) 596-5237.

Donations for 'Clowns'

Barry Palmer has started planning and rehearsals for the Stevens Forest Elementary School's production of "Clowns."

He would appreciate students' families and friends researching their treasure boxes to find, and loan, any of the following props: clown whistles (colorful and oversized), phony band instruments, small flags on short sticks, wild and funny hats, eyeglasses with "pingpong ball" eyes attached, huge clown-type bright red shoes, firefighter's hat, siren and fire bell, and magician's pop-up flowers.

Call Mr. Palmer, 313-6900, if you have a prop to loan.

Social Ministry chair

The Rev. Richard Tillman has announced that Marianna Klein has been selected to chair St. John the Evangelist's Social Ministry Committee. Kathy Marucci has completed her term as chair.

Ms. Klein invites parishioners to attend the Social Ministry meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month or call (301) 596-5047.

Jeffers Hill citizens

Marion Miller, Jeffers Hill Elementary School assistant principal, has announced the Citizens of the Week for the first week of 1996: fifth grade, Brittany Newsome; fourth grade, Kelli Davenport; third grade, Allison Stanley; second grade, Annika Wheatley Heckman; first grade, John Casey; and kindergarten, Kristen Hise.

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