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‘Ware Academy Singers’ debut at Lansdowne

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The Ware Academy Choir made its debut during the Urbanna house tour last Sunday at Lansdowne (above), and then performed at the Gloucester Courthouse later in the day. Choir members include, front from left, Lauren Ryan, Tatum O’Brien and Caroline Fuccella; second row, Olivia Gwyn, Chase Downey and Reilly Price; third row, Evan Backer, Alexandra Fuccella and Ashley Waite; fourth row, Christina Walsh, Jacqueline Stewart, Patrick Murphy and Sarah Grace Hurley; and back row, Ann Thomas (piano accompanist) and Aaron Ward (music teacher and choir director).
In October about 30 Ware Academy students tried out for the Ware Academy Choir and were titled the “Ware Academy Singers.” Fifteen students made the cut.

The unique thing about this is that academy choir director Aaron Ward was in the Ware Academy Singers back when he attended Ware in the late 1980s.

Last Sunday, the Ware Academy Singers went caroling. Their first stop was historic Lansdowne in Urbanna at 1 p.m. where they sang numerous Christmas carols, as well as “Hot Chocolate” and “When Christmas Comes to Town” from the movie “Polar Express.”

This was a preview of the school’s holiday program set for Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m.

The choir’s second stop was in front of Tabb House at Gloucester Court House.

Last Sunday’s caroling expedition was the group’s singing debut—the first of many performances to come. Ward hopes to book this elite group at various local venues for the entire community to enjoy. Ward said, “The students did a fantastic job Sunday. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season. The students displayed incredible talent and spirit!”

posted 12.11.2008

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