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All State slots for Marriotts Ridge High musicians [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

Over the past couple weeks, I have recognized musical accomplishments at the elementary and middle school levels, and now the spotlight turns to Marriotts Ridge High School.

Choral Director Terry Eberhardt, Band Director Nick Ellis and Orchestra Director Rosemary Lather proudly shared the news that 64 Mustang musicians — approximately 5 percent of the entire student population — were selected for 66 All State slots. Just to recap, Maryland All State ensembles showcase the crème de la crème of youth musicians statewide, where Junior All State consists of grades 7 through 9 and Senior All State consists of grades 10 through 12.


This year's Junior All State Band musicians include Ben Giroux, percussion; Tom Malloy, trumpet; David Polefrone, trumpet; Matthew Zheng, tuba; and Rebecca Younts, French horn alternate.

The Junior All State Chorus features Russel Brooking, bass; Emily Mirarchi, alto; Jack Rinaldi, tenor; John Rivers, bass; Olivia Shope, alto; Pooja Swaminathan, soprano; Duncan Tillas, tenor; Jason Haslup, bass alternate; and Brian Huntley, tenor alternate.


Finally, Davin Hong, violin; Samuel Lam, cello; Jae Eun Nam, violin alternate; and Gina Park, violin alternate, represent Marriotts Ridge in the Junior All State Orchestra.

At the older level, the Senior All State Band includes Andre Chen, alto saxophone; Melinda Fu, flute; Emily Ingalls, bassoon; Courtney Loeb, bass clarinet; Niklas Schnake, French horn; Yong Yang, tenor saxophone; and Daniel Degenford, trombone alternate. Yong Yang is also a baritone saxophone alternate for the All State Jazz Band.

A number of Marriotts Ridge choral students made the All State Mixed Chorus: Josh Altenburg, bass; Emily Anderson, alto; Sarah Canipe, soprano; Kyle Cochran, bass; Orlando Davis, bass; Deandra Fike, alto; Dirk Holzman, bass; Ryann Marchetti, alto; Jon McIntyre, bass; Danielle Mills, soprano; Julia Norford, alto; Carly O'Haro, soprano; Lucy Park, alto; Carley Presinger, alto; Zach Seals, tenor; Katie Smith, alto; and Isabella Stevens, soprano.

Of course, an equally impressive group made the All State Women's Chorus, including Johanna Alonso, alto; Ariel Biegel, alto; Molly Buch, soprano; Julia Fedor, soprano; Danielle Haslup, soprano; Bethany Henderson, soprano; Julia Kim, alto; Ikenna Nichols, alto; Alana Ravasio, alto; Mimi Rinaldi, soprano; Allie Sherman, alto; Abigail Starks, soprano; and Annalisa Weymouth, alto.

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Finally, the Senior All State Orchestra accepted Marriotts Ridge students Ashley Choi, violin; Jenny Huang, violin; Alisa Hwang, cello; Grace Kim, violin; Minji Kim, violin; Sophie Lan, violin; John McIntyre, viola; Christine Shi, violin; Katie Tich, flute; and Daniel Degenford, wind alternate.

What a terrific showing! Kudos to the Marriotts Ridge All State musicians.

Recently, several local advocates asked that I alert the community that Howard County may be considering a new elementary school scheduling model that would reduce instruction time in the arts. This reduction could impact not just the primary schools, but also the secondary schools into which they feed.

Those who are interested in keeping apprised of the issue can do so by "liking" the Howard County Parents for School Music page at or the Howard County Public School System page at


On Thursday, March 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the Howard County Conservancy will kick off this year's Art of Stewardship juried art show with a reception and a discussion of the theme, "Artist as Messenger." Visitors will get to meet the judges — Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum; internationally acclaimed artist Greg Mort; and gardening writer Anne Raver — and the artists, and peruse the artwork, all of which is for sale.

This program costs $10 in advance or $12 at the door; register online at

Also note that the gallery display will open to the public, free of charge, Wednesdays through Saturdays, March 12 to April 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Make sure to call the Conservancy at 410-465-8877 before visiting.