The 3-Minute Interview: Hugh Harvey of the Gaithersburg Community Chorus

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Entertainment,People,Kate Jacobson

Harvey is director of the Gaithersburg Community Chorus. The chorus is celebrating 25 years of music with an anniversary concert Tuesday at Rosborough Theater in Gaithersburg.

What is the Gaithersburg Community Chorus?

It's an unauditioned chorus, so no one has to audition to be a part of it. It's made up of community members that want to be involved. It's a community in and of itself. They care for one another, it's more like a family.

How did you get involved in the chorus?

I had been directing an interfaith chorus in Montgomery Village that I and my accompanist [MaryLu Hartsell] founded, and several of our members were in the Community Chorus. One of my members asked me if I would ever consider the Community Chorus, and one day I got a phone call that I needed to fax my music resume over.

What can people expect at Tuesday's concert?

It's a 25-year retrospective. People are going to hear all kinds of things, including two original works commissioned for the chorus. ... We're performing works we've done in the past 25 years together.

What is one of your favorite memories with the chorus?

Our last concert -- they've come such a long way since I took over. I invite visiting clinicians to work with the chorus. Everyone that comes is astounded that this group doesn't audition, that they come and perform the way that they do. They've worked really hard over the past 14 years to get to that point.

How did you get involved in music?

I've been playing piano since I was 5. It runs in the family. ... I graduated from the University of Maryland in music education, and I played instruments all through public school. I played piano, and I added the violin, then I added viola and then I added cello. The whole time, I was singing in church and my high school chorus.

- Kate Jacobsen

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Kate Jacobson

Montgomery County reporter
The Washington Examiner