Two BCPS Students Selected for 2018 National Youth Orchestra

Bassoonist Vincent Igusa of Towson High School and oboist Kara Poling of Franklin High School are among the 106 musicians selected for the sixth annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

Vincent and Kara are the only two students to represent Maryland on this year’s orchestra. Both have been participants in NYO2, a program for talented musicians, ages 14-17 interested in the classical orchestral field.

Vincent is a Grade 11 student at Towson High. He received an honorable mention in the 2018 National YoungArts Classical Music discipline and received third place at the 2018 Music Teacher’s National Association Senior Woodwind Competition, national division. He has qualified for BCPS and Maryland All-State music events and ensembles dating back to his middle school years.

“He is one of the very finest musicians I have ever taught,” said David Rhen, Towson High’s music department chair.

Kara, a Grade 10 student at Franklin High, is a member of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra. She was principal chair oboe in the 2017-2018 All-County Honors Band, and she performed in the 2018 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side Concert.

“Kara demonstrates a high level of musicianship and professionalism on a daily basis,” said Allen G. Kessell, Franklin High’s director of instrumental music. “Her attitude and exceptional leadership skills have had a positive impact on the students around her, motivating them to raise the bar in the quality of their performance. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor.”

NYO-USA was created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and recognizes the finest young musicians from across the nation, ages 16-19. They are selected through a competitive and comprehensive audition process. This year’s orchestra will include young musicians from 28 states and Puerto Rico.




Carver Center Earns Arts Schools Network Exemplary School Designation

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology is one of only 17 schools in the nation to receive an Exemplary School designation from the Arts Schools Network. The five-year designation is awarded for 2018-2023. Carver Center has been an ASN Exemplary Art School continuously since 2014.

“This is tremendous recognition of what takes place at Carver Center every day—for and with our students,” said Principal Karen E. H. Steele. “Our mission and vision involves providing opportunities for our students to actualize their dreams so that after graduation they are courageous citizens who are able change the world. This recognition from Arts Schools Network celebrates the energy, effort, creativity, and commitment of an entire community—faculty, staff, families, partners—to support our students in creating that reality.”

Founded in 1993, Carver Center is a countywide magnet school that supports and engages students in acting, business, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, dance, design and production, literary arts, music or visual arts—as well as a rigorous college-preparatory academic curriculum. 

Carver Center and the other Exemplary Schools will be honored at the ASN 2018 Annual Conference, Oct. 23-26, in Orange County, California.

Bark at Oriole Park: July 25 and Sept. 12

Is your dog a baseball fan? If so, he’s invited to the ballpark for two special pup-friendly events! To qualify, just purchase a special ticket package entitling you and your dog to seating in the stadium’s left field lower box. Tickets are $10 for dogs and $39 for humans; $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Baltimore Animal & Rescue Care Center. There will be water and relief stations and shady areas, and each pet will receive a complimentary doggie bow tie! Play ball!