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QA's Chorale welcomes Lynerd as group's new director
Reprinted from The Bay Times - September 1, 1999

As the Queen Anne's Chorale begins its twelfth season it is welcoming a new director for the season, Betty-Ann Lynerd.

Lynerd is currently the conductor of the Tessitura Women's Chorus in Washington, D.C. and the chancel choir director at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lanham. Her local collaborations include performances with the National Symphony and Friday Morning Music Club. She currently serves as president-elect of the Maryland/DC chapter of the American Choral Director's Association. Lynerd is looking forward to greeting Chorale members on Sept. 13, at the Queen Anne's County Arts Council for its first rehearsal of the year. Anyone interested in singing with the Chorale is encouraged to come. There are no auditions. The only requirement is a love of music and singing. Rehearsals begin at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to coming to Queen Anne's Chorale and the Eastern Shore Lynerd has been an instructor on the college level for 25 years. She is also a choral clinician, most recently conducting an international high school festival in Seoul, R.O.K. In addition to her music directing she is currently writing for "Women of Note," a quarterly journal.

Her degrees were earned at Westminster College and Montclair University, with continued studies under Sir David Willcocks and Helmuth Rilling. She has had an active flute career as a teacher and performer of solo, chamber and opera repertoire.

Also joining the Chorale this season as accompanist is Robert Young who is currently the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Along with this organist responsibilities, Young ahs implemented the Introductory and Intermediate Boys and Girls Choir. He has supervised the installation of a 28 rank Casavant Pipe Organ.

Before his tenure in Cambridge, Young was the director of Music and Organist at Christ Lutheran Church in Fairfax, Va. and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockville. He also served as Assistant Director and Accompanist for the Columbia Pro Cantare in Columbia.

His degrees were earned at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. and at the Washington School in Washington, D.C.

Young is presently employed by the Shore Health System in Easton.

Lynerd will also conduct the Youth Chorale of Queen Anne's County. It will be meeting at the arts Council Building in Centreville on Sept. 13, at 4:15 p.m.

The Youth Chorale is open to all boys and girls in grades three through eight who have unchanged voices. No auditions are required to join this group. This year the accompanist for the Youth Chorale will be Erin Grier. The Youth Chorale will perform during the season with the Queen Anne's Chorale. Parents of the Youth Chorale and members of the Queen Annes's Chorale are encouraged to car pool as parking in Centreville id at a minimum.

The Board of Directors of the Queen Anne's Chorale are looking forward to a fantastic season as we begin rehearsing and meeting the new director and accompanist.

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