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Top musicians gather in Ticonderoga

All County Music Festival held

Anita Zhang of Ticonderoga rehearses during the All County Music Festival. The event was hosted by Ti High School and attracted more than 200 of the North Country’s top student performers.

Anita Zhang of Ticonderoga rehearses during the All County Music Festival. The event was hosted by Ti High School and attracted more than 200 of the North Country’s top student performers. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— “It gives my kids a chance to perform with a full-size group,” said Lynn DeWalt, Keene music teacher. “Here they’ll sign in a 100-voice chorus instead of the 23-voice chorus at home. It’s a wonderful opportunity.

“We have a very good, strong chorus this year,” he continued. “About half our high school is here.”

Beaudein also noted the strength of numbers in music.

“It can be a challenge finding a repertoire to play at a school our size,” he said. “Most of the music published is for gigantic bands and choruses. We don’t have a hard time playing music, we have a hard time finding music we can play because of our numbers.”

Heather Olson, music teacher at Westport, pointed out the All County event has many benefits for students — including perspective.

“Most of the time our kids see students from other schools they’re competing on the basketball court or athletic field,” she said. “Here they all sit on a stage and collaborate. They see each other as peers, not competitors. It’s a different, healthy perspective.”

The women’s chorus was directed Jenn Moore and accompanied by Liz Cordes. It included:

Abigail Sexton, Alexandra Bartlett, Danielle LaMere, Samantha Brickey, Abigail St. Onge, Emily Mitchell, Klarissa Hoyt and Monica Dederick of Tupper Lake;

Ashley Costello, Michaela Connors, Sara Plude, Shelby Spaulding and Sierra Woodard and Kaitlin Diskin of Ticonderoga;

Elizabeth Leff, Lucy Mitchell, Marina Waldy, GretaLautenschuetz, Haley Brandes, Lindsey Howe, Megan Borland, Adele Jesmer, Emma Roach, Erin Wever, Hannah Potter, Joan O’Leary, Lorraine Draper, Makenzee Bruce and Mary Kate Graham of Lake Placid;

Ivy Huber, Ellen Miner, Gina Fiorile, Shiloh Woodruff, Whitney Callaghan, Annie Frenette, Jacquie Parker and Selena Baillargeon of Saranac Lake;

Alexis Smith, Haley Garno-Potter, Sodie Stoner, Anna Kowanko, Evella Plumley, jordan Swiridowski and Rachelle Goff of Keene;

Chantel St. Denis, Julia Cox, Keturah Colburn-Burdo, Sage Allott and Kyra Schaefer of Elizabethtown-Lewis;

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