Linthicum teen enjoys singing with group in Europe


August 09, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

An item in Rosalie Falter's column in Sunday's Anne Arundel County edition of The Sun incorrectly listed the date for a black-tie benefit being planned for the Betty Jane and Creston B. Tate Chesapeake Hospice House. The Beacon of Hope Award Dinner will be held Oct. 2. For more information, call Andrea Jones at 410-987-2003.

The Sun regrets the error.

SHE HAS been back home in Linthicum for only two weeks after her trip to Europe with the Sound of America, an honor band and chorus, and she is thinking about returning.

"It was a wonderful experience I'll never forget," said Danielle DuPuis, 19, of her time spent entertaining and sightseeing in some of the world's most beautiful places.


DuPuis, who sings alto, was among 180 students chosen from all over the United States to make the trip. She was the only Marylander. Her journey, she said, started at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, where the students gathered for a few days of rehearsal.

In Europe, they put on 10 performances, starting in a town square in Innsbruck, Austria.

From there, they traveled to Italy, giving concerts in Cortina, Stresa and Venice. She enjoyed sightseeing on the island of Murano, where glass is blown, and in Verona.

The group next traveled to Switzerland, where they performed in the Congress Hall in Grindelwald and the Concert Hall Music Theatre in LaChaurde Fonds.

"I liked Switzerland the best," she said. "It was wonderful getting up in the morning, going out on the balcony and seeing the snow at the top of the mountains."

The students gave two concerts in Paris, in the Sacre Coeur Basilica and in the Luxembourg Gardens.

The day the group performed in EuroDisneyland, DuPuis said, she celebrated her 19th birthday.

The singers packed a lot into 20 days.

"At times it was hard," said DuPuis. "We were sightseeing all day, had to get ready for concerts at about 7 p.m. and didn't get to sleep until 1 a.m.. We couldn't have seen any more than we did."

Still, she had such a great time, she said, "I am hoping that in a few years I can reapply to the Sound of America and go with the group again."

A recent graduate of Spalding High School, DuPuis applied for Sounds of America before Christmas.

Encouraged by Beth Hough, director of Spalding's Vocal Ensemble, she auditioned by mail, sending in recordings of musical scales and songs.

To help finance the trip, she solicited funds from local organizations and from her church, St. Philip Neri.

DuPuis prefers singing now, but she played the trumpet in grade school, and she also can play the piano and guitar.

She is soon to attend St. Vincent's College in Pennsylvania, where she will major in studio art with a minor in psychology.

Jazz concert

The Royal Knight Jazz Band performs in concert at 6 p.m. today in Linthicum Park, playing everything from big band swing to 1950s and 1960s rock 'n' roll to contemporary music.

The band includes students from high schools in Anne Arundel and Howard counties and from Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The band was formed slightly more than two years ago, said Mike Holy, who plays tenor sax.

His sister, Melissa, then a student at North County High School, played tenor sax and had the idea to start a band.

Holy said his parents, Joe and Erma Holy, manage bookings and publicity.

The concert will feature a new vocalist, Courtney Davis, a recent graduate of Arundel High School.

Money raised from concerts and donations will go toward four scholarships to be presented during the concert.

"My dad and sister came up with the idea for scholarships to help with college expenses," Holy said. "This is the first time we are doing it."

The four scholarship recipients are three band members -- Mike and Melissa Holy and Jeff Zimmerman -- and Katie Haines, who will attend Towson University in the fall and major in music.

Melissa will be a freshman at UMBC and plans to study music. Mike graduated from UMBC in the spring and will attend Lehigh University to work on a master's degree in history.

Jeff attends UMBC where he is a computer science major.

The band's next concert is an open house at 6: 30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Glen Burnie Fine Arts Academy on Crain Highway.

Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue off Camp Meade Road. Parking is available on School Lane at the Linthicum Elementary School next to the park.

Hospice event

A black-tie event will be held by the Hospice of the Chesapeake to benefit the Betty Jane and Creston B. Tate Chesapeake Hospice House on Camp Meade Road in Linthicum, Anne Arundel County's first and only residential hospice facility.

Residents and businesses are invited to attend the Beacon of Hope Award Dinner on Friday.

The event will honor William L. Jews, president and chief executive officer of CareFirst Inc.

Tickets are $150.

Information: Andrea Jones at 410-987-2003.

Pub Date: 8/09/98

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