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June 22, 2004
Doris P. Schnider, a Baltimore singer and music instructor who had worked at the Waxter Senior Center, died of kidney failure Saturday at Cherrywood Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Reisterstown. She was 81. Born Doris Pollack and raised in Baltimore, she was a 1941 graduate of Patterson Park High School. A soprano, she studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory. She also played piano. She began working during the 1940s as an administrative assistant and on-air vocalist with WFBR-AM.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
It isn't unusual for students to remember the impact a teacher had on them well into adulthood, but on Saturday, many students of former Baltimore music teacher Lucille Marcus Brooks had an unusual opportunity to tell her — more than a half-century after they sat in her classroom. About 150 people, including many former students, packed Union Baptist Church to celebrate 100 years of Brooks' life, three-quarters of which she has devoted to grooming some of the region's finest musicians.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | January 26, 2000
Second-grader Shakira Rawles has fled the circle with a whimper, her lip busted accidentally by an overly animated classmate at the combined Bay-Brook Elementary School and Harbor View School in Brooklyn. Now, just seven students sit on the blue rug, eyes fixed on music teacher Rebecca Ludwig as she leads them in singing an old sailor song. While Shakira pouts and dabs at her mouth, Vicki Downer, a visiting teacher from Baltimore's Peabody Preparatory, whispers comfort into the girl's ear. She assures her she'll be fine, compliments her singing and gently prods her to rejoin the group soon.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
The Baltimore School for the Arts has named a longtime music instructor to take the helm of the renowned public arts high school, officials announced Tuesday. A nationwide search for a new Baltimore School for the Arts director ended on the school's campus when its Board of Overseers appointed Chris Ford, current music department head, to succeed director Leslie Shepard when she vacates her post after more than a decade. Ford began working at the school as a saxophone instructor in 1981 and has served as head of the music department since 1990, according to a release from the school.
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January 27, 2007
Gene Lowell Swain Sr., a retired city public schools vocal music instructor, died of anaphylactic shock Jan. 20 while on a trip to Boca Raton Fla. The Pikesville resident was 66. Born in Windsor, N.C., he earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Norfolk State University and a master's degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. In 1962, while at Norfolk State, he was initiated into the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He was a vocal music instructor in Norfolk, Va., before moving to Baltimore in 1988 and teaching at Westside Elementary School, Harriet Tubman Elementary, George Washington Elementary, Lake Clifton-Eastern High School and Forest Park High School.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | December 17, 1993
The Beatles did it, really -- the Beatles and a pretty sensitive guitar instructor, says children's singer Frank Cappelli.He was in sixth grade, growing up in the Pittsburgh area, and asked his parents for a guitar. They rented one and sent him to a music instructor."And then the next month the Beatles appeared on 'Ed Sullivan' and I thought, 'These guys look neat.' I told my teacher, and he said, 'Well, you're learning chords -- would you like me to write down some of the chords from these songs?
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 8, 1999
LISTENING TO MUSIC performed by children is a highlight of the holiday celebrations in December.In North Carroll, everyone is welcome to enjoy musical performances at the public schools, and every school is offering a free concert this week and next.The Winter Instrumental Music Concert at North Carroll High School features the school's best instrumentalists. Four ensembles will perform from 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. today in the school auditorium off Hampstead-Mexico Road.The concert includes the concert band, which plays ragtime to classical music, plus the symphony, jazz band, and orchestra.
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By KEN FUSON and KEN FUSON,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
Let's go, let's go. There's no time to dally, sweetheart. You're not in Great Britain anymore.You want to be a triple threat, don't you? That's what Miss Helen calls performers who can sing, dance and act. She says you have to master all three if you want a job on Broadway or the West End in London.That's right, call her Miss Helen. Mr. Gene -- your music instructor -- will be here shortly. You've got four weeks in America, four short weeks to become a triple threat, so let's get moving. ...They arrived in Baltimore a month ago, a dozen young women from the Elmhurst School of Ballet and Performing Arts in Surrey, England.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1999
Charles Percell Richardson, conductor of the Baltimore School for the Arts chorus and a leading local tenor, died Thursday at home in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore. He was 32.A cause of death has not been established. He had suffered a stroke nearly 18 months ago, but continued to teach.Mr. Richardson had sung with the Baltimore Opera Company and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus and the Concert Artists of Baltimore."He was a beautiful lyric tenor," said Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Sun Staff Writer | June 25, 1994
Carol Russell got a jolt June 18 as the postman handed her a certified letter from city school headquarters on North Avenue."This is official notice that, effective July 8, 1994, you will be released from your current position . . .," said the form letter from Superintendent Walter G. Amprey.After reading those words, Ms. Russell, who has spent 15 years in Baltimore classrooms as a cello teacher and orchestra director, sat on her living room couch in shock."There was some anger and disbelief," Ms. Russell, 41, recalls.
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By Cassandra Fortin and Cassandra Fortin,Special to the Sun | August 11, 2007
Daniel Price has been playing music by ear since he was a toddler. When he was 6 years old, he flawlessly performed Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube" on the piano. And by age 9, he could pick up just about any song after hearing it only once. He plays without sheet music. The 16-year-old Rosedale youth has been blind since the age of 1. "Whenever I hit a note, I could tell by the sound what it was," he said while sitting in his home studio this week. "Music came easily for me." Although Daniel makes it sound simple, his extraordinary talents go well beyond anything his music instructors have ever witnessed.
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January 27, 2007
Gene Lowell Swain Sr., a retired city public schools vocal music instructor, died of anaphylactic shock Jan. 20 while on a trip to Boca Raton Fla. The Pikesville resident was 66. Born in Windsor, N.C., he earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Norfolk State University and a master's degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. In 1962, while at Norfolk State, he was initiated into the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He was a vocal music instructor in Norfolk, Va., before moving to Baltimore in 1988 and teaching at Westside Elementary School, Harriet Tubman Elementary, George Washington Elementary, Lake Clifton-Eastern High School and Forest Park High School.
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June 22, 2004
Doris P. Schnider, a Baltimore singer and music instructor who had worked at the Waxter Senior Center, died of kidney failure Saturday at Cherrywood Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Reisterstown. She was 81. Born Doris Pollack and raised in Baltimore, she was a 1941 graduate of Patterson Park High School. A soprano, she studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory. She also played piano. She began working during the 1940s as an administrative assistant and on-air vocalist with WFBR-AM.
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By Laura Dreibelbis and Laura Dreibelbis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 3, 2001
Deep Run Elementary School Principal Fran Donaldson was looking for a long-term substitute music teacher for the impending school year in summer 1999. LaFragia Jackson, who retired from the Elkridge school in 1996, stopped by on a whim to say hello while on her way to another employment possibility. Donaldson asked the 30-year veteran music teacher if she would be interested in working part time, and Jackson agreed. After resolving sick leave and insurance details, Jackson returned for 2 1/2 days a week.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | January 26, 2000
Second-grader Shakira Rawles has fled the circle with a whimper, her lip busted accidentally by an overly animated classmate at the combined Bay-Brook Elementary School and Harbor View School in Brooklyn. Now, just seven students sit on the blue rug, eyes fixed on music teacher Rebecca Ludwig as she leads them in singing an old sailor song. While Shakira pouts and dabs at her mouth, Vicki Downer, a visiting teacher from Baltimore's Peabody Preparatory, whispers comfort into the girl's ear. She assures her she'll be fine, compliments her singing and gently prods her to rejoin the group soon.
NEWS
By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 8, 1999
LISTENING TO MUSIC performed by children is a highlight of the holiday celebrations in December.In North Carroll, everyone is welcome to enjoy musical performances at the public schools, and every school is offering a free concert this week and next.The Winter Instrumental Music Concert at North Carroll High School features the school's best instrumentalists. Four ensembles will perform from 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. today in the school auditorium off Hampstead-Mexico Road.The concert includes the concert band, which plays ragtime to classical music, plus the symphony, jazz band, and orchestra.
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By Cassandra Fortin and Cassandra Fortin,Special to the Sun | August 11, 2007
Daniel Price has been playing music by ear since he was a toddler. When he was 6 years old, he flawlessly performed Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube" on the piano. And by age 9, he could pick up just about any song after hearing it only once. He plays without sheet music. The 16-year-old Rosedale youth has been blind since the age of 1. "Whenever I hit a note, I could tell by the sound what it was," he said while sitting in his home studio this week. "Music came easily for me." Although Daniel makes it sound simple, his extraordinary talents go well beyond anything his music instructors have ever witnessed.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
The Baltimore School for the Arts has named a longtime music instructor to take the helm of the renowned public arts high school, officials announced Tuesday. A nationwide search for a new Baltimore School for the Arts director ended on the school's campus when its Board of Overseers appointed Chris Ford, current music department head, to succeed director Leslie Shepard when she vacates her post after more than a decade. Ford began working at the school as a saxophone instructor in 1981 and has served as head of the music department since 1990, according to a release from the school.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1999
Charles Percell Richardson, conductor of the Baltimore School for the Arts chorus and a leading local tenor, died Thursday at home in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore. He was 32.A cause of death has not been established. He had suffered a stroke nearly 18 months ago, but continued to teach.Mr. Richardson had sung with the Baltimore Opera Company and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus and the Concert Artists of Baltimore."He was a beautiful lyric tenor," said Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
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By KEN FUSON and KEN FUSON,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
Let's go, let's go. There's no time to dally, sweetheart. You're not in Great Britain anymore.You want to be a triple threat, don't you? That's what Miss Helen calls performers who can sing, dance and act. She says you have to master all three if you want a job on Broadway or the West End in London.That's right, call her Miss Helen. Mr. Gene -- your music instructor -- will be here shortly. You've got four weeks in America, four short weeks to become a triple threat, so let's get moving. ...They arrived in Baltimore a month ago, a dozen young women from the Elmhurst School of Ballet and Performing Arts in Surrey, England.
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