Westminster girl, 12, to join Eastern chorus

NEIGHBORS

January 21, 2002|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ASK 12-YEAR-OLD Rhiannon Aliff what brings her the most joy, and she'll probably sing a song. Ever since her parents, Pattii and Gene Aliff, can remember, Rhiannon has "always been a singer; she always loved to sing, sing, sing."

Next month, this Westminster girl will join an elite group of children in Pittsburgh, when she sings with the Children's Honors Chorus at the American Choral Directors Association's Eastern Area Division Convention.

She earned a spot in the chorus after a rigorous audition in February, said Diane Jones, her singing coach and director of the Carroll County Children's Chorus.

Rhiannon has been with the Carroll group for four years. Besides those weekly rehearsals, she has been meeting with Jones every Wednesday night for an hour or two to rehearse for next month's performance.

"I was surprised that others who auditioned didn't make it, but I was not at all surprised that Rhiannon qualified," Jones said. "Her singing soars. She is attentive, she is sweet with the other members of the choir, and she is so talented."

Jean Galvan, music professor at Ithaca College in New York, will direct the Children's Honors Chorus.

"Galvan is stellar," Jones said. "Like many other directors, if I could come back and be anybody, I'd want to be her. I keep telling Rhiannon to listen closely to her and do everything she says to do."

The songs for the performance next month will be in Latin, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and English.

"I like the songs that are in minor keys, not major keys, because they are more mysterious, and I like mysteries," Rhiannon said. "What I love about singing the most is that it brings out my feelings."

Drum circle to meet at WMC

Drums will beat from "the Hill" again Saturday, as a drum circle will meet at Western Maryland College from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sponsored by Common Ground on the Hill, the circle drew 12 people when it met in November, and participants expect it to grow.

"More and more people are learning that a drum circle is just folks who have some common interests - drums, rhythm, percussion and companionship," said Laurie Precht, a member of the group with her husband, Thomas.

The drum circle will meet Saturday and Feb. 23 and March 30. The event is open to experienced drummers and anyone interested in learning more about this traditional form of communication.

Information: 410-857-8783.

Living Treasures honored

Theresa Hebron, director of Concerned Community Outreach, honors Carroll County youths, especially members of Strawbridge Youth Choir, as her Living Treasures this week.

"I've directed this group for 10 years, and they have learned that when someone needs a helping hand, their hands should be the first to reach out," Hebron said. "I'm proud of them. I'm proud of many youths in this county."

Based in New Windsor, Concerned Community Outreach mentors families and youths and works to bring faiths together to "help young folks who are lost today," Hebron said.

Brighten the day of someone who has made a positive difference in your life. Submit a name and specific reasons why that person has been your Living Treasure to: Lisa Breslin, 35 Ridge Road, Westminster 21157, or 410-848-4703.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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