Gardiner sisters share love of harmonizing


GARDINER – Andrea Hutchings of Gardiner has received a $500 scholarship from Harmony Inc., an international women’s a cappella singing organization, to attend a week-long session at Harmony Intensive Training School, being held in Toronto, Canada, in August.

Andrea, who graduated from Gardiner High School with the class of 2007, was a soloist at her graduation. She was the recipient of the National School Choral Award, the Zilpha Potter Music Award and the Drama Club Scholarship.

Andrea was active in the high school drama club and band. She had leading roles in musical productions of “Grease” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Andrea directed the Gardiner Middle School drama productions throughout the school year, including Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “Much To Do About Nothing.”

Andrea donated 868.1 hours of service to her community, the highest in her class. She has a yellow belt from Focause Fitness. She has been accepted into the fall semester of the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro.

Andrea has been singing with Maine-ly Harmony women’s a cappella chorus, based in Gardiner, since age 10. She said she loves the barbershop style of harmony and looks forward to attending the Harmony school to increase her knowledge of music and directing.

Her sister, Amanda Hutchings, a sophomore at Gardiner High School, has been singing with Maine-ly Harmony since age 11. She plans to attend the Harmony school to hone her skills at singing the lowest voice range, bass, in barbershop-style harmony. To help her with expenses, the chorus awarded her a $150 scholarship.

Amanda has been a member of the chorus and band, playing alto sax. She received academic excellence awards from Intro To Art and the Big Brother Big Sister organization. She assisted with the middle school productions of “Twelfth Night” and “Much To Do About Nothing” this spring. Amanda also enjoys playing guitar and said, “Life without music would make me go crazy.”