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NO. R-113. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE NEWARK BALKAN CHORUS ON ITS APPEARANCES AT THE 1999 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATORS' WINTER CHORAL FESTIVAL.

(J.R.H. 89)

Offered by: Representative Johnson of Canaan.

Whereas, Balkan choral singing is melodious music that choral ensembles from that part of the world have proudly sung for generations, and

Whereas, this unique repertoire is now finding appreciative audiences in North America, and

Whereas, under the skillful direction of Newark Street School teacher Evanne Weirich, nine young women choristers, including Elly Barksdale, Erin Barksdale, Barbara Bedor, Jericho Bicknell, Chelsea Gonyer, Adah Holeman, Iris Leslie, Nichole Wimbiscus and Anna Winsor proudly and beautifully perform this historically descriptive and inspiring a capella music under the banner of the Newark Balkan Chorus, and

Whereas, the young singers of the Newark Balkan Chorus have earned a reputation for outstanding musicianship that has spread beyond the borders of Vermont, and

Whereas, as evidence of their outstanding performance skills, they were honored with an invitation to participate in the prestigious 1999 National Association of Performing Arts Educators' Winter Choral Festival in New York City, and

Whereas, the Newark Balkan Chorus' festival performances were on Broadway and at Carnegie Hall, one of the world's most famous concert venues, and

Whereas, the Newark Balkan Chorus was one of only eight North American musical organizations to be honored with a festival invitation, and

Whereas, the Newark Balkan Chorus has proudly placed the town of Newark, Vermont on the nation's musical map, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates choral director Evanne Weirich and the members of the Newark Balkan Chorus on being selected to perform at the 1999 National Association of Performing Arts Educators' Winter Choral Festival and extends its best wishes to this fine musical organization for continued success, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Evanne Weirich at the Newark Street School.