UPPER MARLBORO, MD – School choirs at Gwynn Park Middle School, Frederick Douglass High School, and Northwestern High School have much to be excited about this year. The Die Meistersingers and II Bel Canto of Gwynn Park Middle School have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in January, and the choir at Frederick Douglass High School will perform at Carnegie Hall in March as part of the Heritage Carnegie Hall National Youth Choir. Additionally, Northwestern High School choir has officially been accepted to participate in the “Ihlombe South African Choir Festival” in July of 2013.
“Congratulations to the choral students and directors at Gwynn Park Middle School, Frederick Douglass High School, and Northwestern High School,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools. “Our students will have the opportunity to explore their talents and at the same time have a choral experience beyond their imagination.”
On January 16, 2012, the Gwynn Park Middle School choir, led by Mr. John Briggs, and the Frederick Douglass High School choir, led my Mrs. Marilyn Walls, will participate in the world premiere performance of Karl Jenkins’ Peacemakers on the Distinguished Concerts International New York City Concert Series. Students will perform with a symphony orchestra, professional adult choir, and international solists. They will spend approximately 9 to10 hours in rehearsals preparing for the big concert, in addition to exploring the history and culture in New York City.
One hundred students and alumni from Northwestern High School choir, under the direction of Ms. Leona Lowry, will perform five concerts in Pretoria, Soweto, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Stellenbosch in South Africa July 4-14, 2013. Students and alumni will have the chance to perform with many South African choirs, tour the different cities, participate in workshops with famous choral conductors, and participate in cultural exchange events. Students will also experience African rhythms and dancing.