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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.

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