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International Gospel Artist Donald Lawrence to Lead Statewide Choir in Concert, Provide Professional Development

Community Concert Set for October 13 at Baltimore’s New Psalmist Baptist Church

BALTIMOREThe Fine Arts Office at the Maryland State Department of Education and four partners will present a special two-day professional development training for Maryland music educators and community musicians next week, which will culminate in a community concert titled Donald Lawrence: In Concert on Saturday, October 13.


WHO: Maryland State Department of Education—Office of Fine Arts

Maryland State Arts Council

Alumni of Maryland Schools Arts Programs

Maryland Music Educators Association

Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts



The Maryland State Department of Education—Office of Fine Arts and partners will present Donald Lawrence: In Concert, a two-hour musical celebration with all proceeds benefiting the 2019 Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival.

The concert culminates a statewide Choral Workshop for Maryland’s music educators and community musicians that will be led by Stellar Award-winning, international gospel artist Donald Lawrence. The workshop aims to authentically build skills and techniques for Maryland music educators to explore music from the American gospel canon and to strengthen linkages between music classrooms and music making in the community.

The workshop is part of the new Maryland Masterclass Series, a professional development program from the Office of Fine Arts for music, visual arts, dance, theatre, and media arts educators statewide. The series brings world-class Master Artists to Maryland for curated professional development sessions that center experiential learning through creating and connecting.  The Maryland Masterclass Series is part of the Office of Fine Arts of the Maryland State Department of Education’s professional development suite, Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms (MC3). The Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance is the fiscal agent and grant administrator for the Maryland Masterclass Series, an initiative of Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms.

ASL Interpreters will be available for the concert. For more information and to purchase tickets visit


WHEN: 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


WHERE: New Psalmist Baptist Church

6020 Marian Drive

Baltimore, MD 21215


Planning Committee Members

Monique Cox, Young Audiences Maryland/Arts for Learning

Kayenecha Daugherty, Creative Nomads

Karen Frison, Kent County Public Schools

Leon Frison, Kent County Public Schools

Ryan Gholson, Baltimore City Public Schools

Tamba Giles, New Psalmist Baptist Church and Carroll County Public Schools

Jennifer Kauffman, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland Music Educators Association

Rodney Lee, Dorchester County Public Schools

Thomas Pierre, Prince George’s County Public Schools