For the past 10 weeks, music students at six county elementary schools have been practicing the works of Beethoven, Chopin and Corelli two hours a week. Tomorrow, they get to show how much they've learned.
The students will present the 25th Annual Area II Elementary String Festival at 7:30 p.m. at Shipley's Choice Elementary School.
Guest conductor William Schachter from Old Mill Middle School South will meet 100 violin, viola, cello and string bass students for the first time today for a full rehearsal. The students have been have been working at the schools -- Folger McKinsey, Jones, Oak Hill, Pasadena, Severna Park and Shipley's Choice elementaries -- since January.
In addition to the classical pieces, the 45-minute program includes a contemporary work by Mr. Schachter. The concert is free and open to the public.
"You will see enthusiastic fourth- and fifth-graders who have put in a lot of hard work in music and enjoy playing," said Regina Morin a county music teacher.