Grout Grandchildren to Sing In National OAKE Concert

People / Jan. 11, 2001 12:00am EST

Grout Grandchildren to Sing In National OAKE Concert

Some of Randolph best musical genes are on their way to Virginia.

Jason and Jenni Grout, grandchildren of Jean and Freeman Grout of Randolph, and Richard and Ruth Montgomery of Stockbridge, have been chosen to sing at the annual OAKE (Organization of American Kodaly Educators) national conference in March in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Sixteen year-old Jason and his ten year-old sister, Jenni, are the son and daughter of Daryl and Susan (Montgomery) Grout of Cambridge, Mass.

The Grouts are a musical family. Daryl and Susan, who grew up in Randolph, are both instrumentalists—Daryl plays the violin and Susan has a degree in piano performance from Boston University. Her mother was the late Jean B. Montgomery, who was pianist for the Randolph Singers for many years as well as choral instructor for the Randolph Elementary School music programs.

Jason and Jenni study violin and piano at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, and have both sung in the school’s Children’s Chorale and Youth Chorale. Jason now sings in Longy’s High School Chorale.

All three choral groups are directed by Judie Kotok, a certified Kodaly instructor. Susan has been their accompanist since 1992.

Kodaly is a method of vocal instruction which takes its name from the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly. The children who audition for the national conference chorale must have sung under the direction of a choral instructor educating them in the Kodaly method for at least one year.

This is the third year that Jason has sung at the national conference. He has previously sung in New Orleans and Seattle. This is Jenni’s first year singing at the national level. Participants receive their music before they arrive, rehearse for four days, and then present a Saturday evening concert.

Daryl and Susan won’t be the only family members on hand to applaud for Jason and Jenni. Dick and Ruth Montgomery and Susan’s stepbrother, Marc Gies, will be there, and Jean and Freeman Grout are planning to travel to Virginia from Randolph.

By Martha Slater

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