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The Encore! Honors Choir to perform in Coshocton

| February 12, 2015

COSHOCTON — Many Voices, One Song is the theme of The Encore! Honors Choir performance at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Approximately 65 singers from the inaugural Encore! Honors Choir will be converging on Coshocton on Saturday, Feb. 14. They will travel from all points in Ohio and from college campuses in several states for a weekend of reunion and music making, culminating in the 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon concert. The 20th edition of the Cardinal Chorale, chosen from last summer’s Encore! Choir, will also sing in the performance.

The Encore! Honors Choir will be conducted by Charles R. Snyder and Beth E. Vaughn, and accompanied by pianists Caroline S. Heading, Matthew P. Downing and Matthew K. McTeague, and percussionist Matthew H. Hayes.

Conductor, Charles R. Snyder says that the concert will include sacred and classical selections, patriotic favorites, songs from stage and screen, and several songs from the Fred Waring collection at Penn State University. The Coshocton Community Choir will join the Encore! Choir for the finale.

‘Come, Lift Your Voice and Sing,’ written for the Encore! Honors Choir by Columbus composer Garry A. Cornell, will also be featured at the concert, along with his arrangement of America – ‘Let Mortal Tongues Awake,’ and his setting of the old Irish blessing, which he has titled ‘Song of Farewell.’

“Audience favorites will include ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,’ ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart,’ ‘The New Girl in Town,’ and the gospel song, ‘Praise His Holy Name’,” said Snyder.

The first Encore! Honors Choir met last August at Hallowed Hills Camp near Zanesville, and 95 enthusiastic singers participated. The comprehensive program included rehearsals, class voice lessons, daily workshops, interest sessions and recreation, evening concerts and campfires. Dates for the 2015 Encore! music experience will be announced in mid-February. For more information about the Encore! Choir visit www.encorehonorschoir.com.

Snyder said it seems fitting that the first Encore! concert will be at The Coshocton Presbyterian Church.

“A community orchestra began there in the early years of the 1905 sanctuary; a Boy Scout band later called it home; and a barbershop chorus met there in the 60’s and 70’s,” said Snyder. “It has been home for the Coshocton Community Choir since its sixth season in 1976-77.  Organ concerts have been shared with the community since the Engle pipe organ was dedicated in 1979.  In more recent years, the Coshocton Children’s Choir was organized there in 1987-88 and the Coshocton Youth Chorale began rehearsing there in 2002-03.”

The Encore! concert on Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. is free and open to the public. An offering will be received to help cover expenses for the weekend. The choir will also sing for the 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday morning at The Coshocton Presbyterian Church, and will join church choirs for an offertory anthem.

The Coshocton Presbyterian Church is located at 142 N. 4th St. in Coshocton.  For more information, contact the The Encore! Choir at 623-0554.

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