August 9, 2021
With great hopes, we will carefully return to face-to-face singing this fall for our adult chorus only. Our children’s and youth programs remain on hold for now, though high-school singers are welcome to join our adult chorus rehearsals and performances.
Proof of vaccination will be required and masks must be worn. We will also rehearse in a larger room than normal to allow a bit of distancing and better air freshness, though still at Langcliffe Presbyterian Church in Avoca on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm. We may also utilize more small group or sectional rehearsing. The church is easily access from I-81 and is about half-way between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.
Our fall program will return to the works of Charles Villiers Stanford, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, and Herbert Howells that we had to set aside at the start of the Pandemic.
We will also be learning holiday selections to sing with the NEPA Philharmonic in their celebrated “Home for the Holidays” concerts on December 10th at the Scranton Cultural Center and December 11th at the F. M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.
We are also pleased to begin sharing the results of our spring 2021 choral singing project. During March and April we met small groups of our adult singers in sections only (soprano, alto, men), singing with masks and distance the Five Mystical Songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Villiers Stanford’s Te Deum in A Major and Songs of the Fleet. After 3 such sectional rehearsals for each group, we recorded and blended the results of that work. The first such video is now available for your enjoyment at:
We are so thankful to all of our individual patrons who have continued to offer us their generous financial support during these trying times, as well as to our two long-term state and county funders, who have continued to stand by and advocate for the arts even while organizations like our have been unable to serve our constituents in the ways we have traditionally done so. The Choral Society of NEPA is generously supported by state arts funding through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program is managed regionally by the Northeast Intermediate Unit 19. The Society is also generously supported by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Community grant a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners “Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, Esq. and Chris Chermak.
Yours in Music,
The Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania
Dr. Alan L. Baker, Artistic Director
Becky Burdett, Director of Children and Youth Programs
Patricia Mayo, President
Bryan Fisk, Vice President
Rachael Paden, Secretary
Carol McMullen, Treasurer
Rev. Rebecca Barnes
Dr. Karen Ephlin, MD
Mary Louise Hepner
Dr. Colin Jeschke, DVM
Dr. Gerald Lefever, MD
Dr. Michael Liuzzi, MD
Dr. Janice Voltzow, PhD
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