Fairlawn singer to perform at state fair


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SIDNEY — A Fairlawn Local Schools student has been seleced to perform with the All-Ohio State Fair Honor Choir.

Annie Stemen, of Fairlawn, daughter of Tony and Amy Stemen will be featured in the choir at the Ohio State Fair this summer. The All-Ohio State Fair Honor Choir will rehearse and perform from July 27 through Aug. 7.

The 200 members of the choir are selected each spring on the basis of their ability and experience, the recommendation of their high school choral director, and the consent and support of their parent or guardian. Five days before the opening of the Ohio State Fair, the new choir meets at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and launches into a rigorous schedule that includes vocal training, sectional and full rehearsals, solo auditions and marching instruction.

Once the fair opens, the Youth Choir sings six to eight concerts a day and marches up to 10 miles a day to various performance sites around the 360 acre fairgrounds.

Jon C. Peterson, director of Choral Activities and an assistant music professor at Malone University (Stark County), was named as the director for the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. In his inaugural year, Peterson led the AOSFYC in music centered on the theme “Many Stories, One Voice.”

The All-Ohio Youth Choir has been described by members as “an experience in living,” “Introduction to College 101,” “a secular retreat,” and “the musical forte of the year.” Parents have applauded the Youth Choir experience as “the finest opportunity for personal growth and development,” and “a life-changing three weeks.” Music educators have complimented the Youth Choir for “good, healthy singing,” for encouraging “wonderful musical spirits,” and for urging the singers to “take that energy back home to their own schools.”

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