Department of Curriculum and Instruction presents
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ElementaryHonors Chorus Director
Hei Jung Kim
Watkins Mill High School May 11, 2016 8:15 p.m.
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Program There Has to Be a Song. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrea Ramsey Cirandeiro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Brad Green Ton Thé. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeanne and Robert Gilmore/ arr. Susan Brumfield Piano: Tong-Tong Ye Manx Lullaby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Lori-Anne Dolloff Flute: Natalie Francis Two Minutes Before Sleep. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Hatfield Magical Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Rutter Keep Your Lamps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Greg Gilpin Piano: Tong-Tong Ye Gloria Canon . . . . . . . Franz Joseph Haydn/ arr. Donald Moore Flute: Natalie Francis Yonder Come Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Judith Cook Tucker America the Beautiful. . . . . . . . . . . . . Samuel A. Ward/ arr. Red Flute: Natalie Francis
Program Notes There Has to Be a Song draws its text from a poem written by minister and motivational speaker Bob Benson. Arranger, Andrea Ramsey, sets the text in a relaxed, gospel-like style. While hearing a performance of this piece conducted by Ramsey herself last summer, I was inspired by all the ways that songs can express and enrich different facets of the human experience. The basis for tonight’s program is derived from this premise that there has to be a song to accompany the very actions that give meaning to our lives.
Songs for play Cirandeiro is a lively folk song brought to Brazil by Portuguese settlers. The ciranda is a rural circle dance that is often performed and enjoyed by young children. The cirandeiro is the leader of the dance. Listen for how the sections of the dance change from major to minor, while the rhythm and dynamics build to an exciting finale! The English translation is: Oh, Cirandeiro! How the diamond that you wear shines much brighter than the sun! How the ring you wear is shining much brighter than the sun! Oh, how sweet, how lovely, is my true love’s voice! This is the dance that I once learned from Lira, my love on the island Itamaraca!
What is play without silliness? Ton Thé is a French tongue twister, which translated means “your tea? Has it removed your cough?” Louisiana music teachers Jeanne and Robert C. Gilmore, looking to reintroduce French language and culture back into Louisiania schools, took the text, set it to music and included it in a collection of Louisiana folk songs. This melody serves as the basis for Susan Brumfield’s arrangement. The accompaniment is written for four hand piano, and our student accompanist Tong-Tong Ye joins Mrs. Kim for this piece.
Songs for sleep Manx Lullaby, or Arrane ny Clean, is a traditional Gaelic lullaby arranged by Lori-Anne Dolloff. The gentle, rolling melody of this piece from the Isle of Man is modal in nature, falling somewhere between major and minor. The Isle of Man is a small island country off the coast of Great Britain that maintains strong ties to its Celtic culture. The song contains many references to birds (an important symbol of Manx cultural identity) both in the lyrics and melodically with the inclusion of a flute. “Ho ro hi ri ri” is a cooing sound meant to soothe a crying child, while “cadul gu lo” means to sleep on.
Two Minutes Before Sleep explores the odd world between awake and asleep where we are talking to ourselves and can’t quite decide if we are experiencing real life or remembering a dream. Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield is a popular composer for children and young adult choirs. His work is influenced by world music, and often contains a strong, driving rhythm. Two Minutes Before Sleep is no exception. The melody is mostly in unison, composed in a conversational style, but the rhythms provide a fun challenge for the singers.
Songs for hope and wonder Magical Kingdom takes us to the world of a child’s make believe–of castles, rainbows, knights, dragons, and “once upon a time.” The piano accompaniment adds to the sense of whimsy and wonder. The final message to both children (and adults) is to “keep on believing” in our own dreams and accomplishments. John Rutter is a noted British composer of both carols and large choral works, including his Mass of the Children. At age 70, he is still an active conductor at festivals all over the world. Magical Kingdom was written for the International Voices of Enfield, a children’s choir in London.
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin’ is a traditional African American spiritual. The text comes from the New Testament book of Matthew, but it is believed that the words were a code to let enslaved Africans know their “conductor” on the Underground Railroad was on the way to lead them to freedom. Spirituals are an important part of our American musical heritage. To add to this piece, arranger Greg Gilpin weaves in parts of another spiritual, Soon I Will Be Done.
Songs to celebrate Gloria Canon is based on a melody by Franz Joseph Haydn, who is considered to be one of the fathers of classical music. He composed more than 100 symphonies, in addition to church music, vocal music, and chamber works. Staying true to Haydn’s style, arranger Donald Moore utilizes counterpoint, which involves two independent musical lines, each with their own pitch and rhythm, being sung together to create harmony.
Yonder Come Day comes from the Georgia Sea Islands, a chain of over 100 barrier islands off the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas which became home to many emancipated slaves in 1865. Due to their isolation from the mainland, the people inhabiting the islands were able to preserve their cultural roots. This joyous song features a call-and-response style of singing as well as overlapping melodies, with the spoken section added by arranger Judith Cook Tucker. Tucker was inspired to arrange this after hearing a performance of Yonda’ Come Day by the Sea Island Singers, a group dedicated to preserving the musical heritage of the islands.
The lyrics for America, the Beautiful were originally a poem titled “America,” by Katharine Lee Bates, published in 1895. They were inspired by a trip to the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado. The melody was written by Samuel Ward for a different piece, in 1892, and the two were put together in a publication titled America, the Beautiful, in 1910. The song gained popularity instantly and has sustained its status as one of our most beloved American patriotic songs. We are pleased to showcase the flute talents of one of our own MCPS music teachers, Jessica Kendal. It is a tradition to end the Montgomery County Honors Chorus concerts with this piece. We invite the elementary general music teachers in the audience to join the singers on stage, and we ask the audience to sing along with the chorus as we repeat the second verse. Watch the conductor for your cue. Oh beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years. Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears. America, America, God shed His grace on thee. And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea. And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
2016 Northwest County Honors Chorus Kassandra Acuna Great Seneca Creek Francesca Agopome Little Bennett Mary Aiyegbusi Stedwick Nyera Allen Little Bennett Melissa Alvarado Clopper Mill Daniel Alvarenga Summit Hall Esinam Ameevor Ronald McNair Avyana Aparicio Great Seneca Creek Molly Ario Woodfield Shairee Arora Fox Chapel Sureena Atwal DuFief Molly Baer Travilah Samantha Baggett Monocacy Lazarus Baker Gaithersburg Vanessa Bareiro Whetstone Emma Barrett S. Christa McAuliffe Nathan Barrios Summit Hall Omar Basar Strawberry Knoll Pierce Beach Fallsmead Mohit Belur Clarksburg Lauren Bennett Strawberry Knoll Ruth Bennett Clearspring Natalie Bertrand Diamond Mridhula Bharathwaj Cedar Grove Victoria Bittner Whetstone Grace Blanchard Poolesville Kristen Blaze Ronald McNair Laasya Brahmandam Diamond Alexa Burdette Monocacy Hannah Burgess Great Seneca Creek Alia Cain Fox Chapel Dinaz Campbell Travilah Ruth Canales Goshen Alexi Castellanos Spark M. Matsunaga Sahasra Challa Wilson Wims Sara Chavez Lake Seneca David Chen Travilah Brandon Chernosky Goshen Joel Chi Lois P. Rockwell Lindsay Chia Clopper Mill Hyun June Cho Cold Spring Lindsay Chu Fox Chapel Olivia Chughtai S. Christa McAuliffe Michelle Chung Fallsmead Kayla Clark Lois P. Rockwell Zachary Clark Ronald McNair Jayda Coates William B. Gibbs Kayla Cohen-Rohrbaugh Clarksburg Caleb Coreas Lake Seneca
Leah Cropper Camryn Crump Angel Daniels Abigail Davis Augustina DeLapp Samuel Desai Jocelyn Diaz Madeline Doan Lily Drennon Dillon Dunathan Brooke Ellinwood Aydin Erkan Madison Etheridge Jianna Fairfax Wheeler Dina Fennell Emily Ferrufino Ulima Fofana Brandon Fuentes Ida Garmroudi Erin Gemmell Isabella Gilmore Talia Giro Alessandra Gonzalez Destiny Gordon Marcus Griffin Abigail Ha Nai-Hajii Hallowell Jalahni Harrington Arynne Hawkins Selena Hernandez Valerie Hoang Adriana Hoes Jenna Hoffman Morgan Holt Sophia Hoover Finna Hsu Justin Huebl Ashley Huynh Adija Ibrahima Gina Im Mikayla Jackson Nathaniel Jackson Tatiana Jackson-Jones Taylor Jacques Vishal Jain Jacob Jeong Morgan Johnson Kody Johnson Mahita Kamalahasan
Waters Landing Damascus Germantown Clarksburg Goshen Cold Spring Fox Chapel Laytonsville Cold Spring Clearspring Gaithersburg Travilah Summit Hall Stedwick Spark M. Matsunaga Whetstone Lakewood Woodfield Clearspring Cold Spring Washington Grove Stone Mill Germantown Stedwick Waters Landing Ronald McNair Dr. Sally K. Ride Rosemont Laytonsville Waters Landing Spark M. Matsunaga Dr. Sally K. Ride Rockwell S. Christa McAuliffe Goshen Clearspring Cold Spring Whetstone William B. Gibbs Fox Chapel S. Christa McAuliffe Great Seneca Creek S. Christa McAuliffe Fox Chapel Stone Mill Spark M. Matsunaga Strawberry Knoll Laytonsville Cedar Grove
Grace Kamei Almira Kaplan Ganeev Kaur Isabella Keister Carla Kemtchouang Patrick Kenworthy Madeleine Khouri Dahn Kim Edward Kongo Samba Phebe Koundinya Harneer Kour Katie Kringle Preeti Kulkarni Maahe Kunvar Juliana Lacy Lily Ladson Christopher Li Fiona Lin Erica Lopez Isabel Lopez Kelsey Lubliner Eliza Luce Sai Mandhan Uma Manikoth Haley Marques Jonathan Martinez Marlon Mauricio Isabel McGilvery Katherine Mejia Brandon Miller Jackson Miller Priscilla Momanyi Rayna Moxley Faith Muchai Saadat Muuyeen Ryan Nguyen Juliana Nguyen Shaina Noriega Maria Nzang George Obongo Dayna Offutt Ruth Okello Rita Ozbenian Liam Palmer Elijah Parker Daniella Parkinson Carly Partlow Ruby Patton Chelsea Phoenix Ashley Pierre Allison Pineda Marley Pinsky Veda Puranik Aaliyah Reyes
Daly Germantown Wilson Wims William B. Gibbs Germantown Diamond Woodfield Spark M. Matsunaga Dr. Sally K. Ride Darnestown Laytonsville Travilah DuFief Ronald McNair Lakewood Darnestown Stone Mill Stone Mill Fallsmead William B. Gibbs DuFief Darnestown Dufief Diamond Spark M. Matsunaga Monocacy Dr. Sally K. Ride Wilson Wims Spark M. Matsunaga Daly Ronald McNair Fallsmead Goshen Whetstone Fox Chapel Strawberry Knoll Lake Seneca Stedwick Lakewood Spark M. Matsunaga Great Seneca Creek Whetstone Spark M. Matsunaga Lois P. Rockwell Woodfield Clearspring Cedar Grove Clearspring Great Seneca Creek Clarksburg S. Christa McAuliffe Little Bennett Diamond Waters Landing
Yarielys Rivera Cristtel Rivera-Soto DeMarr Robinson Daniela Romero Angel Romero Caroline Rowe Isabel Ryan Roselyn Salmeron Jacob Sambor Lucas Sanchez Saumya Shahi Ramya Shankar Preethi Smith Olivia Joan Solomon Wendy Song Cameron Spinner Victoria Stokman Varshini Sudhakar Kara Suggs Vaishali Sukumar Saragha Surendra Elizabeth Sweeney Gabrielle Talib Mary Tang Isaac Teberen Hilary Thakun Emily Thompson Sean Thompson Isabel Tobares Rayya Toor Kadijah Toure Tien Tran Tiana Trinh Kamia Tshibaka Tabitha Udy Tanvi Vaidya Lana Marie Valdez Martin Vanech Adithi Vardhan Sophia Velasco Elizabeth Velasquez Saanvi Verma Amir Walker Isabelle Watson Micah White Sarah Williams Amaris Wilson Cat Winkler Katrina Wong Cassie Wyett Tong-Tong Ye Paris Ye Alexandra Zeppos Joyce Zhou
Washington Grove Gaithersburg William B. Gibbs S. Christa McAuliffe Washington Grove Diamond Gaithersburg Whetsone Stone Mill Great Seneca Creek Cedar Grove Travilah Stedwick Wilson Wims DuFief Ronald McNair S. Christa McAuliffe Diamond Fallsmead William B. Gibbs Cedar Grove Laytonsville Waters Landing Diamond Lake Seneca Daly Darnestown William B. Gibbs Little Bennett Little Bennett Spark M. Matsunaga Darnestown Wilson Wims Washington Grove Ronald McNair Spark M. Matsunaga Washington Grove Wilson Wims Lakewood Waters Landing Waters Landing Stone Mill Whetstone Goshen Clopper Mill Clearspring Spark M. Matsunaga Lois P. Rockwell Stone Mill Strawberry Knoll Cold Spring Cold Spring Lois P. Rockwell Fallsmead
About the Elementary Honors Choruses The elementary honors choruses were organized in 1982 to provide a special opportunity for elementary students with strong musical interest and outstanding choral singing ability. Two choruses were formed in order to make this experience possible for all qualified students. In 2016 a third chorus was added in response to the increase in student population throughout the county. Students are auditioned by the elementary general music teacher at their school and participate in either the Northwest, Central, or Southeast County Chorus, depending on the location of their school. The directors, accompanists, and managers are Montgomery County Public Schools general/choral music teachers.
Leadership Mrs. Carla Wardell, conductor, is in her 11th year of teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools and is the choral and general music teacher at Sequoyah Elementary School. Previously, she taught middle and high school chorus, where her choirs earned superior ratings at both the county and state level. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Kodály music education from Loyola University in Maryland. Outside of school, Mrs. Wardell is the assistant director of the Frederick Children’s Chorus, where she oversees their Kodály based-musicianship program and directs various ensembles of singers ranging in age from 5 to 18. Mrs. Wardell has presented workshops on youth choirs in Kodály for both the Maryland Music Educators Association and Maryland United Specialists, and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association. She lives in Frederick with her husband and son.
Mrs. Hei Jung Kim, accompanist, is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Music. There, Mrs. Kim studied piano with Santiago Rodriguez and Bradford Gowen. This is Mrs. Kim’s 24th year of teaching, in both private and public schools. She has been a music teacher in Montgomery County for the past 16 years, the last 13 at Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School, in Germantown, Maryland. Mrs. Kim has served as an accompanist for the Montgomery County Honors Choruses for several years. She is also the principal accompanist for the Strathmore Children’s Chorus.
Mrs. Elizabeth Griffith, chorus manager, is the general music and chorus teacher at Fox Chapel Elementary School, in Germantown, Maryland. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York, where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. In her spare time, Mrs. Griffith gives piano lessons and likes to attend concerts and cultural festivals in the DMV area. This is her fifth year teaching in MCPS and her first year as manager of the MCPS Northwest Honors Chorus.
Rehearsal Assistants We are grateful to the Northwest County general/choral music teachers for the numerous ways they support the Honors Chorus programs. This support includes auditioning and selecting students for the ensemble. Special appreciation is extended to the following teachers who provided invaluable program support by serving as rehearsal assistants: Rachel Allnutt Ava Archer Jolene Baxter Melissa Bishop-Bryant Kate Bubser James Buras Patricia Bush Lincoln Cobbins Maggie Corfield Alice Dillon Shoshanah Drake Jil Duralde Andre Enceneat Natalie Francis Hannah Guerra Haley Holden Jennifer Kmiecik Amanda Lyon Melody Monroe Holly Mullen Terry Potterton Suzanne Sugar Matthew Tilkens Veronica Timm
Sponsorship This program is one of several choral and instrumental honors concerts supported by the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs. This office is responsible for countywide programs and activities in music, visual art, dance, and theatre. Through these programs and related co-curricular and community activities, instruction in the arts helps students achieve the Maryland State Fine Arts Content Standards, as outlined in the State Curriculum for Music, and support countywide goals for achieving Success for Every Student. We are proud of the performance of our students and thank parents and teachers for their continuing support.
Audience Manners Thank you for joining us this evening. As the audience, you are an important part of this concert. The audience’s responsibility at formal concerts such as this is to honor the efforts of the performers by providing a listening atmosphere in which their performance can be appreciated by all. Toward this end, we ask for your cooperation in the following: • While the performance is in progress, remain seated and quiet. If it becomes necessary to leave the auditorium, please do so between musical selections. • If very young children become restless and disrupt others’ ability to listen, please take them from the auditorium until they are quiet. • Please do not hum or clap along with the performers unless specifically invited to do so. Extraneous noise decreases the quality of the professional recordings made at this time. • Show your appreciation for the performance by clapping after each selection. Whistling and cheering are not appropriate at a formal concert.
Thank you for your cooperation. We hope you will enjoy the performance.
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