Coshocton Community Choir to sing this weekend

| April 22, 2013

COSHOCTON – Make a Joyful Noiseis the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28. More than 200 musicians from throughout Central Ohio will perform at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium.

The choir’s founder and director, Charles R. Snyder, says that Psalm 100 was the inspiration for this concert’s theme.

“The text of Psalm 100 has been set by composers for hundreds of years, and the opening line, ‘Make a Joyful Noise,’ seems appropriate for a spring concert theme as all three choirs – Children’s Choir, Youth Chorale, and Community Choir lift their voices in song,” Snyder said. “Our artist friend Tom Kulewicz, who has been creating our concert logos for 25 seasons, has created a colorful logo that suggests that the joyful songs we sing come in many styles.”

“Listeners will be relieved to know that I resisted the temptation to program a dozen musical settings of this text that I like!” Snyder said. “Choir members have expressed appreciation for ‘Love Held Him to the Cross.’  The song, new to the Community Choir’s repertoire, is a contemporary piece arranged by Leonard M. Thomas, former associate of Fred Waring who is on the music staff at Muskingum University.”

Snyder says he also built much of the program around some favorites of the choir’s  accompanist, Dickie Barrick, who is celebrating her 30th season with the Community Choir. Some of her favorite selections featured in the upcoming concert include Olaf Christiansen’s setting of the hymn, ‘Lift Up Your Heads,’ Wagner’s ‘Pilgrim’s Chorus,’  and John Ness Beck’s impressionist setting of some text from Revelation – ‘Visions of St. John.’  

“Those who appreciate traditional spirituals will be happy to hear Jester Hairston’s arrangement of ‘Angels Rolled the Stone Away,’ and Frederick Hall’s setting of ‘Steal Away’,” Snyder said. “Audience members will especially enjoy the Youth Chorale’s familiar ‘Simple Gifts,’ and the gospel song, ‘The Storm Is Passing Over.’  For the Children’s Choir, I selected  ‘We Are the Dreamers,’ with a text that challenges all to join together to build a better world, as a tribute to the victims of the December 14 tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  The young singers especially enjoy singing Mark Patterson’s arrangement of the spiritual ‘Witness.'”

Children’s Choir alumni will be invited to the stage to join the current singers in ‘Goin’ Up a Yonder’ and Katie Moran Bart’s ‘Blessing.’

All three choirs will combine to sing John Rutter’s toe-tapping arrangement of  ‘Down by the Riverside,’ and members of the audience will be invited to join in the final chorus. Community Choir alumni will be invited to join the present choir in singing  ‘Beautiful Savior’ and Peter Lutkin’s choral benediction, ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You.’

The Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert Make a Joyful Noise takes place 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 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

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