Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company

June 23, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

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The Last Word

In their final words to the company on the last day of school, the students bared their souls in sharing their deepest emotions and heartfelt wishes for all. Though we will miss this circle and those who complete it, we will now move on to form new circles. And through these circles we will pass […]

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May 29, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

We Didn’t Fail, We Finished! (VIDEO)

After the opera, the company loses its sense of purpose for a short period and needs to find its way, its new path. The students try to revert to previous behaviors and “old ways” until they realize that they are changed forever. They can’t go back. Then, they determine the route for a new journey […]

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May 8, 2015 | Krista Brick

Stedwick Elementary Opera about Failure is a Success (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

It may have been an original opera about failure but the students at Stedwick Elementary School’s Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company were successful in getting their message across. Krista Brick has the story. Wednesday the students in Mary Ruth McGinn’s class debuted their original opera at the Montgomery Village school called Strike N’ Spare, […]

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May 4, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

What I’ve Learned (VIDEO)

As we prepare these last days before our original opera production of Strike ‘n Spare, we are thinking carefully about what we want to convey to the public. What do we REALLY want our audience to know and think about after the opera?  What message must we deliver and what do we want people to […]

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March 23, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

A Hard Day (VIDEO)

Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company understands well that making mistakes and pushing through setbacks are part of the learning process. However, knowing this doesn’t make it easier when we are inside a situation that presents us with disappointment, doubt and hard feelings. After a particularly difficult afternoon when company members were struggling with internal […]

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March 15, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company News Release

Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company News Release March 1, 2015 Natania Bennett, Leslie Lopez, Kathryn Riley Public Relations Officers We are Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company from Stedwick Elementary School. We are twenty-five third graders from Ms. McGinn’s class. We have formed our own opera company, and our goal is to create and […]

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February 17, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

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Strike ‘n Spare

What goes into determining the perfect title for our original opera? As company members ponder a catchy title that will grab the attention of the audience, they generate ideas based on the following criteria. The title should entice audience members, evoking questions and thoughts about what will transpire on stage. It should capture the essence […]

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February 10, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

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Flea Market Fundraiser (VIDEO)

Members of Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company spent all day Saturday selling the importance of their unique project to total strangers at the Gaithersburg Flea Market. Who are we? Why do we need funding? Why does our mission matter? I watched as my students approached all passersby, took the initiative and engaged them in […]

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January 22, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Perfection, In Hands and Voices (VIDEO)

Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company experienced a musical awakening. Pianist, Henry Dehlinger, opera singer, Danielle Talamantes and US Army Chorus member, Kerry Wilkerson opened our ears, eyes and souls to the power of music. Playing and singing songs from the operas, The Magic Flute and Porgy and Bess, they collaborated beautifully to share their […]

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