Seniors sing final concert with Coshocton Youth Chorale

| April 19, 2013

COSHOCTON — Fifteen 12th grade singers will perform in their final Community Choir Concert with The Coshocton Youth Chorale during the Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert ‘Make a Joyful Noise.’ The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium. The Coshocton Youth Chorale, sponsored by the Coshocton Community Choir, includes area students in grades nine through 12. Charles R. Snyder directs the choir.

Choir: Fifteen 12th grade singers will perform in their final Community Choir Concert with The Coshocton Youth Chorale. Pictured from left, row one are - Brandi Hess, Kassidy Meek, AJ Hildreth, Savannah Brown, Hannah Ringenberg; row two - Rachel Duncan, Chase Warren, Jeff Smith, Karah Lain; row three - Austin Bible, Jantzen Allen, Zach Pessia, Austin Youker, Jared Fetzer; and not pictured is Justin Swails. Photo contributed to The Beacon

Choir: Fifteen 12th grade singers will perform in their final Community Choir Concert with The Coshocton Youth Chorale. Pictured from left, row one are – Brandi Hess, Kassidy Meek, AJ Hildreth, Savannah Brown, Hannah Ringenberg; row two – Rachel Duncan, Chase Warren, Jeff Smith, Karah Lain; row three – Austin Bible, Jantzen Allen, Zach Pessia, Austin Youker, Jared Fetzer; and not pictured is Justin Swails. Photo contributed to The Beacon

Singers graduating from the Youth Chorale this season include Jared Fetzer, Chase Warren, Austin Youker, Savannah Brown, Rachel Duncan, Karah Lain, AJ Hildreth, Kassidy Meek, Jantzen Allen, Austin Bible, Jeffrey Smith, Justin Swails, Brandi Hess, Hannah Ringenberg, and Zachary Pessia.

Lain and Ringenberg are both seniors at Coshocton High School. This is Ringenberg’s second year in the choir and she is glad she has been able to be a part of it.

“I really liked learning to read music and how to sing in a group,” she said. “Mr. Snyder is so passionate about teaching people to sing. I also liked meeting the kids from the other schools. My favorite number to sing at this upcoming concert is ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple.’”

Lain has been a part of the Youth Chorale for four years.

“This choir is one of my favorite activities,” she said. “I met so many people from the other schools and it is fun to go to the musicals and program at these other high schools now because I know so many of the performers there. Mr. Snyder has taught me so much about music and life skills. I feel so prepared to go to college now.”

Hildreth is a senior at Licking Heights High School and is a four-year member of the Youth Chorale.

“I have learned so much in this choir,” he said. “I have been involved in choirs with Mr. Snyder all my life and have learned so much from him. It is easier to say ‘What haven’t I learned about music from him?’ I think being involved in this choir has helped me become more rounded as a musician.”

Fetzer is a senior Connections Academy student in his third year in the Coshocton Youth Chorale.

“What I like about this choir is the friendliness of everyone,” he said. “Mr. Snyder is an awesome choir director and I especially love the music we get to sing. I like the emotional response we feel from the audience and from us in the choir when we are singing. If there is someone out there considering joining this choir, I would say to definitely do it. This is a great choir.”

Bible is a senior at River View High School and has been involved in the Youth Chorale for five years. Music has been an important part of his life. 

“I joined the Coshocton Children’s Choir in fourth grade and have been a part of this group of choirs ever since,” he said. “Getting involved in the Children’s Choir got me started singing and from there, I got involved in schools choirs and church choir. I feel the Youth Chorale is such a great social setting and gathering place for those of us who love music and singing.”

Bible says he hopes to be in his college choir and plans to stay involved with music for the rest of his life.

“Mr. Snyder is one of my role models,” he said. “I hope to be able to pass along my love for music like he has to us. And I hope there is something like these choirs for my own kids to be a part of someday.”

The Coshocton Youth Chorale will perform during the Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium. Due to the construction at Coshocton High School, the best route to enter for parking is to take Denman Avenue to South 14th Street to Sleepy Hollow Drive to access the CHS parking lots. The concert will feature the adult choir, the Children’s Choir and the Youth Chorale.

Tickets for the ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door, on the choir website www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org, or by calling Business Manager Lee Bown at 622-3960. 

Tickets are also available at these presale ticket outlets: Liberty House in Roscoe Village; Good News Book Store, Buehler’s Foodmarket, and Marilyn’s Natural Foods in Coshocton; Home Loan Savings Bank in West Lafayette; and Baker’s Foods in Newcomerstown. 

For information, contact the Coshocton Community Choir at 623-0554 or find them on Facebook and at www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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