Students in Frederick County, Md. got to show off their musical talents Saturday night at the All-County High School Music Festival at Governor Thomas Johnson High School.
Featuring the top-performing music students from all 10 public high schools in the county, the music festival included three ensembles of a 64-member choir, 29-member orchestra and a 66-member band.
“When a student earns a spot on one of our all-county ensembles, that gives them the opportunity to have an extended learning opportunity that they might not have in a normal classroom,” said Dr. Randy Rumpf, visual and performing arts specialist for Frederick County Public Schools.
Students had to go through a rigorous audition process judged by their respective conductors to get accepted into the honors program.
“The audience members are definitely going to enjoy the show for this evening,” Rumpf added. “We have compositions that were selected by the clinicians, [and they] range anywhere from baroque to more modern pieces, so it’s quite an eclectic mix.”
If you missed the opportunity to see the students perform, you can catch the Middle School All-County Music Festival on Saturday, February 7. It will also be at Governor Thomas Johnson High School.
“I think that anytime an audience member can get out to a live school music event, it’s beneficial to them and to the community,” Rumpf said. “They get a chance to see what is going on in the schools, regardless if it’s here in Frederick County or in the neighboring counties. It’s always nice to support the live arts, especially when students are involved.”