Atholton High School senior performs on national radio show

Southern Howard

December 24, 2004

Joy Fraser went shopping for the right instrument. Six years later, the Atholton High School senior still is playing the bassoon.

"It was like trying on different shoes. She tried several instruments and got to this one," said Valerie Fraser, Joy's mother. "She made it make this great noise and she just lit up. She took right to it. Not everyone can play it - but she can."

Joy Fraser, who lives in North Laurel, was recently selected to perform on From the Top, a national weekly radio show. It will air at 4 p.m. Jan. 2 on WETA 90.9 FM and WETA 89.1 FM.

Robert Miller, Joy's middle school band teacher, sparked her interest in the instrument, said her mother.

Joy submitted an audition tape at the suggestion of her private teacher in September. After being selected, she was taped twice last month at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. The first taping was during a Saturday afternoon rehearsal; the second, during an evening performance.

From the Top, a nonprofit organization, provides information, entertainment, interaction and education for musicians in elementary school through college.

"It's geared for trying to showcase the best talent of kids who are pursuing studies of classical music," Valerie Fraser said. "It's more how they used to do things with radio. It's a taste of yesteryear."

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Public Radio International Program Fund and individual contributions, From the Top is produced with the assistance of WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music and distributed by PRI.

For more information about From the Top, go to

- Audrey Goldberg

Book talk scheduled at Savage Senior Center

A community book talk is planned at the Savage Senior Center, adjacent to the Savage branch library, at 11 a.m. Jan. 5.

Library staff will offer books in a variety of genres. Books will be available for borrowing. Registration is not required. People of all ages are invited.

Information: 410-880-5975.

Research center offers wildlife programs for kids

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer "Nature Tots: Furry Friends" to children ages 3 to 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 5 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, near Laurel.

"The Three Bears," a program for ages 5 to 7 on North American bears, will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 9.

The programs are free, but registration is required. Information: 301-497-5887.

Around Town

Speaking English: The Savage branch library is offering an English Conversation Club for people for whom English is a second or third language. The group, which meets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at 9525 Durness Lane. Registration is not required. 410-880-5980.

New exhibit: The Laurel Museum will open a new exhibit, Wish You Were Here: Laurel Through Postcards, when it reopens Feb. 5. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. 301-725- 7975.

Tip Line

If you have information on community events in southern Howard, call Fay Lande at 410-715-2811.

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