College, high school choirs partner for concert

 Penn State Harrisburg’s choir has invited the Middletown Area High School Choraliers to share its stage when the college hosts its annual fall concert Dec. 9. The 5:15 p.m. presentation in the Morrison Gallery of the college library is free and open to the public. For information, phone 948-6029.

College choir director O. David Deitz said, “The concert will feature medieval melodies, traditional carols, and contemporary spirituals.” He added, “The highlight of the concert will be the joining of the two choirs’ voices in the singing of Gustav Holst’s ‘Christmas Day,’ an arrangement of carols from the English tradition.”

The partnership with Middletown Area High School is the result of local resident Deitz’s longtime collegial relationship with the school’s choral director Steve Smith. Deitz is the former choir director at Central Dauphin High School. “I see this concert as the beginning of a long tradition of choral singing at Penn State Harrisburg,” Deitz observed.

“The college choir is a unique blend of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds of choral singing and variety of academic majors with one thing in common – they all enjoy singing,” said Deitz. “No audition or experience is required to be a member of the choir, which includes a one-credit music class.”

For its portion of the program, the Penn State Harrisburg Choir will perform a varied repertoire that includes both accompanied and a cappella works whose origins span from the medieval time period to the present. Student soloists include Joshua Toroney, Douglassville; Lisa Hasselbrook, Hershey; Daniel Meckes, Harrisburg; Coreen Durand, Middletown; Steven Howell, Millerstown; Michael Smith, Harrisburg; and Yasmine Roc, Middletown. Instrumental accompaniments will be provided by Middletown community resident David Warfel.

A reception will follow the concert.

Last Updated May 06, 2010