Fitzpatrick has a loyal following
Helen E. McKinney
PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (September 2004) Angela
Fitzpatrick has always followed her heart when it came to music. Her
passion and drive have earned her the respect and admiration of many
in the community.
by Don Ward
Oldham County Singers perform at last Februarys Oldham County
For the last three years, Fitzpatrick has been the music
conductor for the Oldham County Singers, a local singing group. From
the moment she first saw the small closely-knit group, she knew they
had a lot of potential.
Hailing from a musical family, the 4-foot-10 Fitzpatrick packs a powerful
punch when it comes to inspiring her group.
We feel privileged to learn from such a professional, said
Oldham County Singer member Octa Kellond. After hearing Fitzpatrick
and the singers perform in 2002, Kellond knew she wanted to be a part
of the group.
Originally from Hartford, Conn., Fitzpatrick grew up in New York. She
has lived in Louisville for the past 12 years to be closer to her son,
Kevin. She will only reveal her age by saying, Im eligible
for social security.
It was while teaching chorus at Mercy Academy in Louisville that she
was encouraged to join the Oldham County Singers. On the suggestion
of the groups co-founder, Anne Helton, Fitzpatrick decided she
would like to work with the singers, to help them develop and
I have always had a chorus, said Fitzpatrick. Choral conducting
was her chosen profession while attending Skidmore College in Saratoga
Springs, N.Y. She gained experience as an announcer for local radio
stations in upstate New York and Kentucky.
Ms. Fitzpatrick is ageless and an absolute dynamo, said
Kellond. Her vim, vigor and vitality are all qualities that lend themselves
to her wonderful teaching abilities, said Kellond.
by Don Ward
group is led by conductor
Fitzpatrick strives to provide an extensive repertoire
that will reach people of all tastes. The group began with 10 members
and is now comprised of 20-25 members. They try to perform publicly
every six weeks.
Anne and Don Helton formed the Oldham County Singers five years ago.
Anne Heleton said that after moving to Kentucky, she was not involved
with any activities. Knowing she liked to sing, her husband organized
the Oldham County Singers.
As the groups director, Helton said Fitzpatrick brings a vast
knowledge as well as a genuine love of music. Fitzpatrick has the group
sing the music, giving each selection a feeling of its own, so that
its not merely a repetition of words with no meaning. We
sing the music, not just sing the music, said Helton.
Fitzpatrick makes music come alive for the group; she is their constant
audience. It is her training, her philosophy, that makes her a perfectionist,
said Kellond. She believes in us.
Fitzpatrick said one of the things she likes best about the group are
their weekly rehearsals every Monday at 7 p.m. She likes to see something
accomplished during the rehearsals, to see them grow and hear
them laugh, Fitzpatrick said.
The group has performed programs for many area functions and at churches,
fraternal organizations, community benefits and nursing homes. They
are available to perform for $150 per half hour.
For more information on the group, contact
Fitzpatrick at (502) 429-0409 or Kellond at (502) 241-6806.
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