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Choirs and directors lift every voice in harmony in Baltimore

Baltimore's Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, site of the Honor Choirs' Performances
Baltimore's Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, site of the Honor Choirs' Performances
by V. M. Oliver-Lawson

For the past few days, February 5 - 8, 2014, the American Choral Directors Association had been meeting at the Marriott Waterfront, located at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

They also featured several performances in Charm City at St. Paul Episcopal and St. Ignatius Churches.

The choirs performing were divided by ages. There was the Honor Choir made up of elementary-aged children from all over the eastern seaboard. The Junior High Honor Choir featured middle school students. The other two choirs included the Chinese Repertoire and the High School Honor Choirs.

All students had previously auditioned for the privilege of singing with their respective groups.

The conference culminated in a three and a half-hour performance Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Baltimore's Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Conductors of the choirs included Angela Broeker, Jeffrey Ames, Jing Ling-Pam and Jo-Michael Scheibe.

One participant said he thought the different timbres of the voices were rich, colorful and harmonious. It was evident that the choirs had put in many hours of rehearsal to see their works come to fruition.

Different choirs from around the world performed throughout the week. Some had been commissioned, while others performed for the love of the art. They consisted of high school and community choirs.

Choral directors attended workshops to sharpen their craft in an effort to keep abreast of changing trends and to be professionally rejuvenated and revived.

Throughout the week the music featured spanned from the Medieval period to contemporary composers.

Further information about the American Choral Directors Association can be found on its website at www.acda.org