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The Apple Valley Singers have been tuning up for this weekend’s annual performance.
The Apple Valley Singers have been tuning up for this weekend’s annual performance. (Photo by Rhonda Bletner)

By Mount Vernon News
August 20, 2012 11:28 am EDT

 

HOWARD — The Apple Valley community will showcase their community vocalists this weekend when the Apple Valley Singers will perform their annual summer concert at the Floral Valley Community Center. The community center is located in Apple Valley at 850 Crestrose Drive, Howard.

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For their 2012 summer concert, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., they are showcasing American Pop Forever and highlights from “Chicago.” under the direction of Jean Foster. Songs include “Rock Around the Clock,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “We Built this City.” A “Chicago” medley includes “All That Jazz,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and “Mister Cellophane.” It will be a lively review of rock and roll from its early days through the 1990s.

The Apple Valley Singers is a sanctioned club of the Apple Valley Property Owners Association and are the combined voices of property owners. They rehearse and perform from April through December.

The Apple Valley Singers debuted 40 years ago at the Floral Valley Pool dedication under the direction of Vernon Braun and accompanied by Jackie Eikum. Two members are still with the group: Jean Smith and Sharon Holmes.

Now, in 2012, Foster is the director and she brings considerable experience to her role. She studied at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and eventually graduated from The Ohio State University.

She taught music in Danville Middle School for 23 years and taught five years at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She also directed the choir at the Congregational Church for 35 years.

“Music today is not music,” she observed, speaking of the difficulty finding music for the singers, “Now, there are shorter collections.”

One year, Terry Kipsic wrote an original piece for the singers. At least the lyrics were original, with the publishers’ permission he wrote, “This is Apple Valley.”

Jean Smith also wrote for the singers. Adapting the music of “Raindrops on Roses” from the “Sound of Music,” Smith wrote, “Our Favorite Things.” The lyrics recall fond memories including fishing, camping, potlucks and nature. The group only sang the song for a short time until they realized they did not have the appropriate release to use the music.

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