Glenelg choir singing a new tune written just for them [Glenelg/Glenwood/Dayton]

Howard County Times

The Glenelg High School Concert Choir recently became the first choir in the Howard County Public School System to have a piece of music written specifically for them. 'Go Down, Moses!' was arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs, an award-winning composer and arranger of choral spirituals. Gibbs was impressed by a performance of the Glenelg Concert Choir that he saw on YouTube. He contacted choral director Ross Scott Rawlings to propose the collaboration. Once the piece is published, it will bear the inscription, 'This spiritual is dedicated to the Glenelg High School Concert Choir, Glenelg, Maryland. Ross Scott Rawlings, director.' A professional recording will be made of the concert choir performing the music, and that will be included on Gibbs' CD compilation of his works.

The choir was very excited working with Gibbs to prepare the arrangement for its performance at the Howard County Choral Assessment Festival in March. The world premiere of the piece was flawless and really impressed the audience. At the assessment, both the concert choir and the chamber choir received straight superior ratings from all four judges. Superior is the highest score possible and Glenelg's choirs have received this score every year for eight years.

The Glenelg High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Christopher Winters, continued breaking records with its performance at the Howard County High School Band Assessment in March. The band received straight superior ratings from each of the four judges, as it has for the past 41 years. This unmatched state record, begun while the band was directed by Barry Enzman, has continued with Winters at the helm. Congratulations to these outstanding musicians. You can hear the choirs and bands perform Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, at the Glenelg High School auditorium. More information about the concerts will be available soon.

Congratulations to the April Band Musicians of the month at Dayton Oaks Elementary School: Jacob Ashley, Olivia Bos, Angad Bawa, Henry Zatkowski, Charlie Norwood, Charlie Craig, Gabrielle Bergstrom, Rebecca Doyle, Katarina Thompson, Gina Dhaliwal, Hannah Le, Sapphira Myers, Cayden Jock and Hadi Sattar impress their band director, Amy Bejm Syversen, with their enthusiasm every day.

Don't miss the next Italian Feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood. On Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., you can enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille in Glenwood. Dinner will cost $9 per person, with a cap of $30 for a family. As always, children 5 and under are free. The proceeds from this month's feast will benefit El Hogar. This Honduran ministry in Tegucigalpa provides a home and education for children in the Central American country. Join this friendly group of neighbors and make sure you get one of the tasty desserts.

On Saturday, May 6, there will be a Memorial 5k Run for Rod at Glenelg High School. This event will commemorate Rodney Williams, a counselor at Glenelg for 17 years who was killed in a motorcycle accident in June 2014. Williams was beloved by the students and staff. All proceeds go to a scholarship in his name which will be awarded to a Glenelg student. Registration for the 5- kilometer run or one-mile walk around the track will begin at 7:30 a.m. The first runners will be off at 8:30 a.m. The cost to register is $20. For more information, go to

Joel Goodman, director of the group of young astronomers known as the Howard County Celestial Searchers, was excited by the turnout at the March meeting. More than 50 people showed up at the Glenwood Branch library to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse in August. The group, part of the Howard Astronomical League, meets at the Glenwood Branch on the fourth Monday of each month beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be a Public Star Party on Saturday, April 8, from 7:40 to 11 p.m. at the Alpha Ridge Park. If the weather permits, members of the Howard Astronomical League will have telescopes set up for viewing the Jupiter Opposition. More information is available at

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