Garrison Forest School Middle School Chorus Earns 4th Consecutive “Best Choir” Honors at 2014 Music in the Parks competition at Hershey Park

The Garrison Forest Middle School Chorus won “First Place Women’s Choir” with a Superior Rating at the Music in the Parks competition at Hershey Park, held this year on May 16, 2014—their 4th consecutive First Place title for their fourth year in the competition. For the third year in a row, they also received “Best Overall Choir” award.

Owings Mills, MD (PRWEB) June 05, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, the Garrison Forest Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Ginny Flynn, won “First Place Women’s Choir” with a Superior Rating at the Music in the Parks competition at Hershey Park, held this year on May 16, 2014. They also received “Best Overall Choir” for their collective score of 190 out of a possible 200. This is the third time they have achieved this honor in the four years they have participated in this competition.

“I couldn't be more proud of our students!” says Ms. Flynn, who teaches Middle School music and just completed a two-year tenure as President of the Maryland Association of Music Educators. “They sang so beautifully on Friday that I got goose bumps while conducting.” The Chorus performed “Hisakata” by Victor Johnson, “I Am Being Woven” by Amy Bernon and “Carrickfergus” by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. The adjudicators, Dr. Lynn Drafall, music professor at Penn State, and William Naydan, recent PMEA Music Hall of Fame inductee and past director at Lafayette and Chestnut Hill Colleges, gave glowing remarks to the Middle School Chorus on their outstanding performance. Comments include:

  •     “Excellent musical group! It’s a pleasure to hear the care you take with the music. Absolutely, fabulous! Very musical performance.
  •     "Such a pretty sound…beautiful dynamics ….remarkable phrasing.
  •     "A very disciplined and remarkable choir. WOW!”

Founded in 1910, Garrison Forest School empowers students to realize their full potential and live lives of purpose. Garrison Forest is an independent, girls’ day school, Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade, with a regional, national and international boarding program for girls beginning in 8th Grade, and a coed preschool (Twos through Pre-Kindergarten). In 2009, Garrison Forest was recognized as a Confucius Classroom, the first among Maryland’s independent schools. Since 2005, Garrison Forest and Johns Hopkins University have partnered to provide GFS girls with unique, in-depth research experiences in STEM, public health and the humanities in Hopkins’ lab and programs through the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. WISE and other experiential programs are coordinated through GFS James Center. Garrison Forest is located at 300 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117.