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Ware Academy music director Aaron Ward directs choir members at Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, at the spring concert held for Grandparents Day on April 16.
Ware Academy’s Fine and Performing Arts Department wowed the audiences for both spring concerts held on April 15-16 at Abingdon Episcopal Church in White Marsh. The performances were a part of Grandparents Day celebrations, an annual event held to honor grandparents and their traditions and family values.

With music director and Ware alumni Aaron Ward at the helm, students from grades pre-kindergarten to eight performed through song or playing the handbells for a combined total of 17 pieces. The students were accompanied by Randy Joyner on piano, Ann Thomas on organ, Peter Booker on trumpet and Nina Busby on cello.

A special guest  ladies chorus with members Ashley Moore, Gale Ferraro, Rosabeth Kissman (Ware alumni), Ann Thomas and Helen Ward also sang with the students.

The concert ended with a full performance of “So Long, Farewell” from “The Sound of Music.” This finale piece was significant because Ware’s very own first grade teacher, Sandy Van Leeuwen, played violin.

“I have the joy of teaching these students and seeing them reach their fullest potential through performing,” said Aaron Ward, Ware Academy music director. “I am constantly touched by the efforts and talents of our students. There is nothing better than to watch a child’s face light up at the surprise of their own ability to sing, and to enjoy it at the same time. I am so thankful that the arts are an important part of the Ware Academy mission to educate the whole child.”

posted 04.21.2010

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