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Voices of the community

Oldham County Singers
remain popular among fans

The group plans to hold
a season preview on Oct. 12

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (October 2009) – Since their formation in January 1998, the Oldham County Singers have performed at various community functions throughout Oldham County. A recent Open House showcased the varied talents of the 20-member group.

Angela Fitzpatrick

Photo provided

Led by choral director Angela
Fitzpatrick, the Oldham County
Singers perform a variety of songs,
including folk, patriotic, spiritual,
classical and contemporary Broadway.

“We have 250 songs in our library of music,” said co-chair Kathleen Prezocki. Their diverse repertoire consists of Traditional, Contemporary-Broadway, Classical, Folk-Americana, Patriotic, Religious, Spiritual, Christmas-Holiday and songs sung in different languages. They have also included a collection of Songs of Lincoln in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebrations.
Prezocki has been a member of the Oldham County Singers for the past seven years. “I was ready to expand and challenge myself, and I found opportunity for both within the group,” she said.
The Oldham County Singers are led by choral director Angela Fitzpatrick, whom Prezocki became acquainted with through singing in the St. Aloysius choir. “She knows our voices so well,” said Prezocki.
Since joining the Oldham County Singers nearly 10 years ago, Fitzpatrick has shared her wealth of knowledge and experience with the group. She has earned degrees in piano, voice performance and music education.
Fitzpatrick has worked with the New York City ballet chorus, Mercy Academy, Shelbyville Presbyterians’ chancel choir, and musical greats Eugene Ormandy, George Ballanchine and John Houseman. Fitzpatrick has hosted radio programs for WUOL, including the popular “Lunchtime Classics” concert series. She is the current choir conductor for Knox Presbyterian Church and leads pre-concert lectures for the Louisville Orchestra.
“During my residency in New York, I always conducted a community chorus,” said Fitzpatrick. She was invited to be the conductor for the Oldham County Singers and said she found the opportunity “exciting and challenging to develop a newly organized community chorus.”
Fitzpatrick said the group hosted an Open House in August because there are still many individuals in the county that are not familiar with the Oldham County Singers. Although they remain a small group, the Oldham County Singers are always looking for new members and new venues in which to perform. She would like to see them work in cooperation with secondary schools and other arts groups that focus on visual, literary and dramatic interpretations.
One reason Fitzpatrick gives for a dwindling interest in choral singing is that fewer younger singers are electing to continue their interests in choral singing following completion of their formal education. She feels choral singing has been replaced by a growing number of other activities, but hopes to attract new members to the Oldham County Singers to keep the group vibrant and entertaining.
The Oldham County Singers have performed at American Legion Memorial Day Observances, the Oldham County Historical Society, Juneteenth Celebration, Light-Up La Grange, the newly re-opened Oldham County Public Library, Arts on the Green, various local churches, and special events for civic groups including The Rotary Club, Lions Club, Business and Professional Women’s Club and Cedar Ridge.
Fitzpatrick said that the group has grown a lot since she has been with them. Over the last decade, “I believe they have been introduced to more variety of choral music styles, techniques and performance venues.”
The next big local performance for the Oldham County Singers will be on Oct. 12.
“Great Expectations! A Preview of the New Season,” will include selections that will appear on programs during the 2009-2010 season at various venues.

• The Oldham County Singers hold weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. For more information contact Fitzpatrick at (502) 429-0409 or fitzad@aol.com or the Oldham County Schools Arts Center at (502) 241-6018.

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