Essence of Joy Choir to perform Nov. 8

The Essence of Joy Choir will perform at Penn State Schuylkill in the John E. Morgan Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, under the direction of Anthony T. Leach, professor of music and music education at Penn State's University Park campus.

Essence of Joy is one of 10 choral ensembles in the Penn State School of Music. Organized in November 1991 by Leach, the choir performs sacred and secular music from the African/African-American traditions. The choir involves undergraduate and graduate students from many academic programs at the University Park campus.

Leach earned a doctoral degree in music education and a master of music degree in conducting from Penn State, and a bachelor of science degree in music and music education from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania.

Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for children and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Patty Shoener, assistant director of Alumni Relations, at 570-385-6262 or

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Last Updated August 25, 2014