of the community
remain popular among fans
group plans to hold
a season preview on Oct. 12
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (October 2009) Since their
formation in January 1998, the Oldham County Singers have performed
at various community functions throughout Oldham County. A recent Open
House showcased the varied talents of the 20-member group.
by choral director Angela
Fitzpatrick, the Oldham County
Singers perform a variety of songs,
including folk, patriotic, spiritual,
classical and contemporary Broadway.
We have 250 songs in our library of music,
said co-chair Kathleen Prezocki. Their diverse repertoire consists of
Traditional, Contemporary-Broadway, Classical, Folk-Americana, Patriotic,
Religious, Spiritual, Christmas-Holiday and songs sung in different
languages. They have also included a collection of Songs of Lincoln
in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebrations.
Prezocki has been a member of the Oldham County Singers for the past
seven years. I was ready to expand and challenge myself, and I
found opportunity for both within the group, she said.
The Oldham County Singers are led by choral director Angela Fitzpatrick,
whom Prezocki became acquainted with through singing in the St. Aloysius
choir. She knows our voices so well, said Prezocki.
Since joining the Oldham County Singers nearly 10 years ago, Fitzpatrick
has shared her wealth of knowledge and experience with the group. She
has earned degrees in piano, voice performance and music education.
Fitzpatrick has worked with the New York City ballet chorus, Mercy Academy,
Shelbyville Presbyterians chancel choir, and musical greats Eugene
Ormandy, George Ballanchine and John Houseman. Fitzpatrick has hosted
radio programs for WUOL, including the popular Lunchtime Classics
concert series. She is the current choir conductor for Knox Presbyterian
Church and leads pre-concert lectures for the Louisville Orchestra.
During my residency in New York, I always conducted a community
chorus, said Fitzpatrick. She was invited to be the conductor
for the Oldham County Singers and said she found the opportunity exciting
and challenging to develop a newly organized community chorus.
Fitzpatrick said the group hosted an Open House in August because there
are still many individuals in the county that are not familiar with
the Oldham County Singers. Although they remain a small group, the Oldham
County Singers are always looking for new members and new venues in
which to perform. She would like to see them work in cooperation with
secondary schools and other arts groups that focus on visual, literary
and dramatic interpretations.
One reason Fitzpatrick gives for a dwindling interest in choral singing
is that fewer younger singers are electing to continue their interests
in choral singing following completion of their formal education. She
feels choral singing has been replaced by a growing number of other
activities, but hopes to attract new members to the Oldham County Singers
to keep the group vibrant and entertaining.
The Oldham County Singers have performed at American Legion Memorial
Day Observances, the Oldham County Historical Society, Juneteenth Celebration,
Light-Up La Grange, the newly re-opened Oldham County Public Library,
Arts on the Green, various local churches, and special events for civic
groups including The Rotary Club, Lions Club, Business and Professional
Womens Club and Cedar Ridge.
Fitzpatrick said that the group has grown a lot since she has been with
them. Over the last decade, I believe they have been introduced
to more variety of choral music styles, techniques and performance venues.
The next big local performance for the Oldham County Singers will be
on Oct. 12.
Great Expectations! A Preview of the New Season, will include
selections that will appear on programs during the 2009-2010 season
at various venues.
The Oldham County Singers hold weekly rehearsals
on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Oldham County Schools Arts
Center. For more information contact Fitzpatrick at (502) 429-0409 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or the Oldham County Schools Arts Center at (502) 241-6018.
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