Students to be featured soloists at spring concert


March 11, 1998|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WEST COLUMBIA residents Sarah Thompson and Mark Dubac will be soloists during the spring concert of the Columbia Orchestra on March 21.

The musicians were finalists in the orchestra's 1997-1998 Young Artist Competition.

Sarah, a cellist, will perform Boccherini's Concerto in B Flat Major, G. 482.

Mark, a clarinetist, will be featured in Weber's Concertino for Clarinet, Op. 26.

An eighth-grader at Harper's Choice Middle School, Sarah has studied with Evelyn Elsing for the past year through the Levine School of Music in Washington.

At the school, she has performed in the master classes of cellists Janos Starker, Carter Brey and Paul Katz.

For the past three summers, Sarah has been selected to perform with the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, and on the Disney Channel.

Last summer, she also studied and performed chamber music at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Colorado.

In 1996, Sarah won first place in the strings division of the Music Teachers National Association competition held in the Washington area.

That year, she also won second place in the association's eastern division competition and second place in the Cogen Competition at the Levine School of Music.

Sarah also performs as a member of the Columbia Chamber Ballet.

In her spare time, she enjoys tennis and reading.

Mark, a sophomore at Atholton High School, learned to play the clarinet from Howard County music teacher Charlene Critcher.

For the past two years, he has studied with Sidney Forrest of Kensington.

At Atholton, Mark plays first-chair clarinet in the symphonic wind ensemble, keyboard in the jazz band, and mallet percussion in the Raider Marching Band.

He also sings tenor in the jazz concert and men's choirs.

Mark is the second-chair clarinet in the Maryland All-State Senior Band.

He was the first-chair clarinet in the All-State Junior Band in 1996 and 1997.

Also a pianist, Mark is studying with Columbia teacher David Holmes.

Last year, Mark passed grade 5 of the Trinity College of London piano exam with distinction. And he received an A-plus in the Maryland State Music Teachers Association High School Piano Examination at intermediate level II.

For recreation, Mark enjoys basketball, skiing and movies.

Also on the program will be pianist Diane Park, a fifth-grader at Bushy Park Elementary School.

She will perform Mozart's Concerto in F.

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. at Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, Columbia.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $9 for adults; $6 for students and seniors.

Advance tickets: 410-381-2004.

'Pals' help readers

First-graders at Bryant Woods Elementary School who are having difficulty learning to read do not have far to look for help.

A group of fourth- and fifth-graders have been volunteering to give up recess three times a week to help the younger students.

The first-graders meet one-on-one with their reading "Pals" for 25-minute sessions. They review letter sounds and words, read books and write sentences about what they have read.

"The program is very well received as the first-graders eagerly look forward to meeting with their young teachers," said reading specialist Fran Clay.

She added, "The young teachers take their responsibilities seriously, often bringing in stickers and making work sheets at home."

Assisting Clay with the program are special education teachers Barbara Trimmer and Michele Parisi.

Serving as reading "Pals" are Joseph Whiting, Ray Zilberman, Charles Hwang, Perryn Morris, Jane Lee, Christina Wofford, Tiaira Hawkins, David Youngworth, Sarah Lengauer, Shannon Smith, Erin Styles, Maile Lucks, Anna Jaller, Maddy Finucane, Sarah Jawed, Virginia Bach, Erica Knorrs, Nicole Wishnies and Christine Fox.

Teens aid artists

Art students from River Hill High School joined several parents in offering workshops to budding artists during Longfellow Elementary School's second Art Extravaganza.

The daylong event, held last month, was coordinated by art teachers Michell Salamony of Longfellow and Mark Coates of River Hill.

The workshops touched on themes from the academic curriculum. For example, first-graders, who learn about Mexico in social studies, explored techniques based on traditional Mexican art.

Other workshops focused on illustration, insect sculptures, weaving, ceramics and printmaking.

Each student had the opportunity to attend four workshops.

Leading workshops were Longfellow parents Susan David, Cindy Bublitz, Nancy Thomas, Nancy Schieken, Judi Stull, Jann Tamburello, Sue Coughlan, Mishawn Smith, Karen Chiariello, Regina Moe and Nancy Bogage.

This was the first time the River Hill students, many of whom plan to be art teachers, participated in the event.

The student-teachers included Jason Keller, Christina Ebert, Katie Kelly, Heather Doyle, Brenna Hansen, Christina Green, Moon Na, Leslie Laird, Seung Park, Marie Viggiano and Roarke Lynch.

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