Congrats to Symphonic Chorus members Jane Ventre and Jim Schildt, who tied the
knot on October 6th at Covenant Presbyterian Church. A lovely ceremony it was
and a number of chorus members attended and joined a great pick-up choir to
sing Rutter's The Lord Bless You and Keep You, the Hallelujah Chorus, and a
lovely Russian blessing. The day also gave us a first look and listen to the
renovations taking place in the Sanctuary at Covenent. Lots of beautiful mosaic
tile has been uncovered, new paint, new lights, and a new wood-paneled back
wall in the choir loft is coming. The sound is even more glorious; hear for
yourself at our November 25th Christmas With The Choral Society Concert.
Congrats, as well, to Symphonic Chorus members Carl Shinko and John Fitzgerald,
Jr. Each has been tapped by Choral Arts of Luzerne County as an interim conductor
for their 2012-2013 season. Carl is currently leading the ensemble this fall,
and John will take the podium in the spring.
Congrats to our director of Children's/Youth Programs, Susan Kelly, who as of
10:00 am EST on Monday, October 15th became DOCTOR Susan Kelly, completing her
Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of South
Carolina. GO GAMECOCKS!
Congrats to Symphonic Chorus member Jane Bonnice, whose daughter Sarah and
son-in-law Bill welcomed their first child to PA in September. Jane is
beaming...but then her husband (and our regular ticket-taker) Herb won a
trip for two to a fancy Caribbean resort. Rumor is he's going to take
Jane. Perfect timing with our November 4th CROSSING BORDERS 1962 program
which will feature a variety of Central and South American music.
Artistic Director, Dr. Alan Baker, was again invited to sit on the review
panel for the PA Partners in the Arts Project Grants for 2012-2013. He
spent a lovely day with other regional artists and art-supporters and our
friends at the Pocono Arts Council.