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Fine Arts College Information Night is Just Around the Corner

Our annual Fine Arts College Information Night is coming up on October 10th, 2016, 7-9 pm at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City. If you are a student or parent wondering what the future may look like pursuing the arts (music, theater, dance, visual art), please join us for an evening of information and panel discussions.

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College Information Night is Here!

Make sure to join us tonight at our annual Fine Arts College Information Night. Registration begins at 6:30 pm at Howard High School in Ellicott City, followed by a short plenary session at 7:00 pm before breaking out into panel discussions for music, theatre, visual art, and dance. At 8:30 pm, there will be an additional session open for financial aid and scholarship information. Our event is growing still, and we would love for you to experience everything College Night has to offer.

SIREN and Aeolus Quartet Performance at University of Maryland

University of Maryland School of Music

In high school, SIREN bassoonist Tilden Marbit (http://ter.ps/2dd) auditioned for LaGuardia High School’s Performing Arts vocal department and couldn’t get through his song. The audition panel asked him to sing Happy Birthday instead. He did not get in.

Music he’s listening to: The Lumineers, Bruce Springsteen, Stephane Grappelli and Corelli trio sonatas.

See Tilden, the rest of SIREN and Aeolus Quartet perform on Sunday, April 28 at 3PM.

In high school, SIREN bassoonist Tilden Marbit (http://ter.ps/2dd) auditioned for LaGuardia High School's Performing Arts vocal department and couldn't get through his song. The audition panel asked him to sing Happy Birthday instead. He did not get in.  Music he's listening to: The Lumineers, Bruce Springsteen, Stephane Grappelli and Corelli trio sonatas. See Tilden, the rest of SIREN and Aeolus Quartet perform on Sunday, April 28 at 3PM.

FAAC Update

A new school year has begun, and the FAAC is excited to continue our work with the Howard County Public School System.

State of the Arts in Howard County Schools

We had our first meeting of the 2011-2012 school year on September 19, 2011.  After a brief welcome by FAAC co-chair George Wilson, current and new members of the council introduced themselves and their ties to the arts and the Howard County Public School System.  HCPSS Fine Arts Coordinator Mark Coates presented a State of the Arts.  Highlights from his presentation include:

  • Art labs: programs to assist students in digital media
  • Music Technology labs: MIDI set-ups with keyboards and computers, Sibelius notation software, Smart Music student assistance software, Garage Band
  • All lab spaces to be created or retro-fitted by Summer 2012
  • All high school auditoriums are now centralized in the office of the HCPSS Fine Arts Coordinator
  • Inspections of all high school theaters were performed and funding has been secured to standardize light and sounds systems across all high school theaters
  • 2011-2012 marks the fortieth year of the Columbia Mall Art Show for HCPSS students

College Information Night

Janis McNutt introduced College Information Night, and Stephanie Gurwitz-Zurier provided a brief description and sought volunteers to help moderate panel sessions and other required tasks.  More information will be provided in a later post.

High School Communication Liaisons

It was suggested by a council member that we establish communications liaisons with each school to provide more focused communication with school administrators and teachers.  FAAC would create a newsletter type of communiqué to distribute to the schools and school board members.

Board of Education

Brian Meshkin, HCPSS parent and a member of the Howard County Board of Education, attended our meeting to familiarize himself with the county arts administrators and hear the concerns of all council members.  Mr. Meshkin is quite interested in keeping arts involved with all school in Howard County and taking our schools in a direction that would enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to become STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).  He sought our ideas and suggestions for improving arts education in HCPSS schools and innovating the teaching of common core subjects to enhance students’ interest in school and improve their test scores.  A council member provided feedback on enhanced arts integration, in particular, at Thunder Hill Elementary and its dramatic effect on their test scores.

Parks and Recreation

Holly, a representative from Howard County Parks and Recreation, was in attendance and seeking a partnership with a HCPSS school to provide an after-school program involving the arts. Her department would be providing the funding for this program.

Openings Within the Committee

Positions for a secretary and website administrator were open and volunteers sought. Katey Pearson, parent and violist, volunteered for the secretary position, and Donna Wiles-Noyes, parent and clarinetist, volunteered for the website administrator position. The FAAC co-chairs and members thank these women for their commitment to our council.

Next FAAC Meeting

The next meeting of the FAAC will be in November. Details will be updated as they are received.