County children's chorus selected to participate in 'largest concert' Group to perform on national TV

The Howard County Children's Chorus has been chosen to be one of two youth groups to participate in the "World's Largest Concert," a nationally televised event that airs one day a year to promote music programs in schools across the country.

The 116-member chorus travels to George Washington University tomorrow to tape a performance with the D.C. Youth Orchestra, another group chosen by the Music Educators National Conference, the teachers association that sponsors the program.


The concert is scheduled to be broadcast on public television March 3, a day when more than 8 million music students across the country are expected to tune in and sing along -- making the event the world's largest concert.

"It really is an honor to be on the program," said Judy Reinhardt, special projects manager for the music educators association. "There are other choruses who would love to be featured."


The county children's chorus was picked from a handful of others from the Baltimore-Washington area after chorus director Saundra Cunningham sent a videotape of a recent concert to the association's headquarters in Reston, Va.

"We were absolutely delighted," Ms. Cunningham said. "It was quite a thrill for us. We've been in existence for seven years, and this is one of the greatest honors that we have had."

The county chorus is made up of fourth- and fifth-graders from the county's 31 elementary schools. It was formed in 1987 by the Howard County Department of Education to provide enrichment for young, talented singers.

Each year, the chorus performs a large repertoire of music representing a variety of cultures and musical time periods. Many children's chorus singers go on to become members of the all-county and all-state middle and high school choruses.

The chorus has been rehearsing since September for this week's performance, which will have as its host young actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam, who played Rudy on "The Cosby Show." Previous hosts have included syndicated columnist Art Buchwald.

The chorus will perform six songs for tomorrow's taping, including a spiritual, a German song, an Israeli folk song and a Dixieland number.

The "World's Largest Concert" is the latest in a series of major public performances for the children's chorus. The group twice sang at the Maryland Music Educators Association's conferences in Ocean City, and is a regular at Chatham and Columbia malls during the holidays.

It also performs annually at Howard County's Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration and made an appearance at the Columbia Orchestra holiday concert.


The chorus will appear Dec. 11 at the Mall in Columbia and Dec. 19 at Chatham Mall.