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Montgomery County Middle School Choir To Perform At National Choral Conference
Montgomery County Middle School Choir To Perform At National Choral Conference

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For the first time ever a Montgomery County Public Schools choral ensemble has been selected to perform for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Middle School Choral Conference in Dallas, Texas on February 29, 2012. ACDA is the premier choral society in the United States.

Members of the auditioned Chamber Choir at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Silver Spring, will be flying to Texas on February 28 joining 8 other nationally selected choral ensembles performing for choral directors from across the United States.

What makes this achievement even more remarkable is the group’s youth and diversity. It’s made up of 36 seventh- and eighth-graders from all over the county; from Silver Sprint to Bethesda to Olney, drawn together by their love of singing. Loiederman is the county’s only all-school magnet devoted to the arts.

Christopher Guerra, who’s taught in Montgomery County public schools for seven years, has led Loiederman’s choral program since the school opened its doors in the fall of 2005. From the beginning, Mr. Guerra’s goal has been to bring national recognition to Loiederman Middle School through its choral program. His goal was shared by then magnet-coordinator, the late Brian Betts, and continues to be supported by current magnet coordinator Kisha Logan and principal Alison Serino. This school year, for the choral program and for Loiederman Middle School, that dream comes true.

“It has been exciting to see the growth of our program over the years and to see each student’s desire to achieve choral excellence” says Mr. Guerra.

Loiederman’s Chamber Choir, performing a repertoire of high-school level songs, has received numerous superior ratings at the county, state and regional levels. And for the past two years, Loiederman has placed more students in the Montgomery County honors chorus than any of the other 38 middle schools. In addition, the Chamber Choir has a busy performance schedule, with 15 to 20 engagements every year, including this year’s Winter Choral Concert on Dec. 12 at Northwood High School, and a pre-tour concert on Feb. 24 at Loiederman Middle School. A complete calendar of performances can be found at the choral boosters website, www.LionsChoralBoosters.com.

Three fourths of Loiederman’s 800 students come from the local neighborhood, while the remaining students are chosen by a county-wide lottery. Many go on to performing arts high schools, such as the acclaimed Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington.