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Continuing our 25th Anniversary Season, we are very pleased to announce that our first spring concert of 2024 will be prepared and conducted by Dr. Joshua Harper, newly arrived in NEPA as Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Wilkes University.

Dr. Harper’s program, Shining Light: A Hymn to the Sun, will celebrate the sun as both life-giving force and a metaphor for good, and be presented at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, March 10th at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre.

Discussing the program, Dr. Harper says that “this program of eight pieces presents six living composers. I believe bringing contemporary voices into choral programming not only allows new and young singers to see themselves more clearly in a choral ensemble but also promotes the work of living artists of today. Showcasing new music is a big part of who I am as a conductor when programming music, while still connecting them to great pieces by composers of the past, such as Bach and Boulanger.”

Rehearsals begin on Monday evening, January 22nd, 6:30-9:00 pm at Langcliffe Presbyterian Church in Avoca, halfway between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and only minutes off I-81. No audition is required to participate, and singers will only pay modest tuition ($75 for the complete spring semester of this and a second “pocket concert” in April) and purchase and retain their own scores (approximately $13.00 per concert).

We are also pleased to announce here that our second spring “pocket concert” will be led by Dr. Daniel Hall, Director of Choirs at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston. We are excited to soon share Dr. Hall’s program and bio with you here.

Look to the tabs above to learn more about us, hear us sing, see the rehearsal/performance schedule, meet our professional section singers, accompanist, and conductor, and read about our Artistic Director search.

Thanks for visiting The Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania!

Alan Baker, artistic director