Press Release, Calvert County Public Schools

Sixty-six choral students from Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) were selected for the Maryland All State Junior and Senior Choruses. An additional three students were selected as alternates.

Five CCPS students were selected for the prestigious All Eastern Chorus.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “This impressive showing from a small school district clearly shows the depth of instruction in our choral music program. We are very proud of our teachers and students.”

Lurr Ragen, a bassoon player from Calvert High, was selected as an alternate for the Senior Band/Orchestra.

The number of students selected is particularly impressive given the size of Calvert County Public Schools relative to other districts in Maryland. Only two counties—Montgomery and Howard—had more students chosen for All State at both the junior and senior levels. Plum Point Middle School had more students selected for All State Junior Chorus than any other school in the state.

During the auditions for the All State Choruses, students must perform both an accompanied and an a cappella piece, as well as perform two rhythmic and two melodic sight reading examples. Students are evaluated on vocal quality, performance accuracy of sung selections, and ability to read and sing accurately and on pitch. The All State events are sponsored by the Maryland Music Educators Association.

To be eligible to audition for the All Eastern Chorus, students must attend school in one of the eleven Northeastern states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont), the District of Columbia, or the Department of Defense School in Europe. They must also have been selected to perform or served as an alternate in their state’s 2017-18 or 2018?2019 All State festival, depending upon state requirements, on the voice part for which they are applying. All Eastern events are sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

The students who were selected are:

All Eastern Chorus SchoolTeacher
Jack Dickson-BurkeHuntingtown High SchoolSandy Griese
Suzanne FoxHuntingtown High School Sandy Griese
Camille KinderNorthern High SchoolJosh Gresko
Logan PerryHuntingtown High SchoolSandy Griese
Erek  ValeskyNorthern High SchoolJosh Gresko
All State Chorus SchoolTeacherEnsemble
Ashley BarnettHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Treble Chorus
Olivia BragueNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoAlternate
Bailey BrittainHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Treble Chorus
Emily BrosofskyHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Andrew BrowerNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Mixed Chorus
Nathaniel CallahanCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsSenior Mixed Chorus
Julie CamdenHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Elizabeth CerritoNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Treble Chorus
Joshua ColindresHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Reagan CorlissPatuxent High SchoolMarisa JacobsonJunior All State Chorus
Hailey CroceNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Mixed Chorus
Ryan Dickson-BurkeHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Jack Dickson-BurkeHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Canon DrummondPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Sarah DudleyHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Joseph DugganPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Steven EmeighCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsJunior All State Chorus
Sam FowlerHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Suzanne FoxHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Joshua FritzHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Catherine GarciaNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Treble Chorus
Hannah GarciaNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Treble Chorus
Abby GibbonsHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Ben GrieseHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Jeanette HallCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsSenior Mixed Chorus
Nathan HalsteadCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsJunior All State Chorus
Nathan HaysPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Grayden HaysHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Alexandra HeistPatuxent High SchoolMarisa JacobsonSenior Mixed Chorus
Asadrian HudsonCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsAlternate
Anna ImsPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Josh IsaacsonHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Hayley JonesHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Kyle Jones Huntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Helena JostNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Treble Chorus
Zoe KemezaHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Camille KinderNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Mixed Chorus
Anna KleistHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Carson KyleHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Andrew MasonCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsSenior Mixed Chorus
Molly McMasterHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Aiden McPhillipsHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Carmen MileoPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Kayla MoffitPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Emily MolesCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsSenior Mixed Chorus
Rachel MoralesHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Treble Chorus
Katherine MowerHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Tristin MullaneyPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Ethan MurphyNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Mixed Chorus
Jadon OsterhouseCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsSenior Mixed Chorus
Jordan PalatPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Michael PellockHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Logan PerryHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Clare Prouty-DueHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Treble Chorus
Jadyn RiggsPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Vincent SchiavoneHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Mixed Chorus
Ethan SparksNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoJunior All State Chorus
Marlena St. JeanNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Treble Chorus
Zachary StaverNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Mixed Chorus
Rivers SteuartHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Jacob StringhamNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoAlternate
Micah Christian TaylorCalvert High SchoolKelly CombsJunior All State Chorus
Campbell TedtsenHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseSenior Treble Chorus
Marianne ThayerNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Mixed Chorus
Peyton ThompsonHuntingtown High SchoolSandy GrieseJunior All State Chorus
Erek ValeskyNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Mixed Chorus
Jacquelynn WealerNorthern High SchoolJosh GreskoSenior Treble Chorus
Andrew WeilmeunsterPlum Point Middle SchoolLori PellockJunior All State Chorus
Morgen WeirPatuxent High SchoolMarisa JacobsonSenior Treble Chorus

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...