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NO. R-142. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring Mary W. Rowe on the 50th anniversary of her directorship of the North Country Chorus.

(J.R.S. 55)

Offered by: Senator Ide of Caledonia County.

Whereas, the melodious voices which combine forces to sing the glorious music of the chorale repertoire require knowledgeable direction to assure that they remain harmoniously on key, and

Whereas, Mary W. Rowe’s brand of outstanding musicianship is admired in the Northeast Kingdom where, for the last 50 years, she has been the director of the North Country Chorus, and

Whereas, music was an essential part of her life since childhood when, as the daughter of a music teacher, she learned to play the violin, and later became a charter member of the Vermont State Orchestra, and

Whereas, Mary W. Rowe continued her musical studies at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, after graduation, she pursued a musical career as a music teacher, church choir director, and, in 1951, assumed the directorship of the fledgling four-year-old North Country Chorus, and

Whereas, over the course of the next half-century, Mary W. Rowe’s musical leadership enabled the North Country Chorus to scale new chorale heights and receive rave reviews from critics and enthusiastic audiences in northern New England, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and on international tours in England, Italy, Poland and, most recently, Canada, and

Whereas, in 1996, Vermont Magazine honored her with one of its Good Neighbor Awards, and

Whereas, the spring 2001 North Country Chorus concert will mark two significant milestones in Mary W. Rowe’s illustrious presence on the North Country Chorus’s podium, and

Whereas, she will be both celebrating the 50th anniversary and making her final appearance as the North Country Chorus’s director, and

Whereas, this most special musical milestone is one that represents both a great personal accomplishment and closes a historic chapter in Vermont’s musical history, and

Whereas, the future of the North Country Chorus is well assured as Mary W. Rowe is handing the baton to her son, Alan, the youngest of her and Dr. Harry Rowe’s six children, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Mary W. Rowe on the occasion of her retirement as director of the North Country Chorus, and wishes her many more years of musical joy, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary W. Rowe in Wells River.