All-Ohio Youth Choir “Keep the Dream Alive!”
Winter Pops Concert February 17
COSHOCTON, OH— If winter is getting you down, then the All-Ohio Youth Choir Winter
Pops Concert on February 17 is just the remedy to pick you back up. Approximately 160 teen
members of the Youth Choir and the Cardinal Chorale will be traveling from all points in Ohio
and beyond to Coshocton for their 21st annual reunion concert.
The Winter Pops Concert is sponsored by the Coshocton Community Choir and will be held on
Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium located
at 1205 Cambridge Road. The All-Ohio Youth Choir is conducted by Charles R. Snyder of
Coshocton, and performs at the Ohio State Fair each summer.
“We expect about 160 of the 200 members of the 2012 Youth Choir to be with us for the
weekend,” said Snyder. “When you consider that some members are now attending college
in other states, some are committed to other school functions, and others have work or family
obligations that weekend, it’s remarkable that 80% of the singers are able to rearrange their
schedules to be together.”
Each year the Youth Choir works to develop a theme, not only in the selection of music, but
also in the living experience at the State Fair. “2012 marked the 50th year the All-Ohio Youth
Choir performed at the Ohio State Fair,” explained Snyder. “When I was considering a theme
for the summer, ‘Keep the Dream Alive!’ seemed fitting. In addition to celebrating the Choir’s
anniversary, the theme is also a salute to America, as well as a plea to keep the arts alive in our
Snyder says the Choir learned, memorized, polished and performed 71 songs in 106
performances over the 12 days of the State Fair this past summer. “It was a record number of
songs for the Choir, and we believe it was also a record number of Fair performances for the
group,” he said. “I have programmed 32 of those songs for this concert on February 17. The
Coshocton Community Choir – who is sponsoring the event – will join the Youth Choir for
another six songs in the concert finale.”
There will be something for every listener: folk songs, sacred songs and spirituals, patriotic
songs, pieces from musical theatre, and four songs separately featuring the women and men of
the Choir. “Carly Simon’s ‘Let the River Run’ was one of the favorites of the singers and our
audiences,” said Snyder. “Other audience favorites will include ‘Mister Sandman,’ ‘Turn Around,
Look at Me,’ Michael W. Smith’s ‘Friends,’ and the Choir’s signature song, ‘The Battle Hymn of
Local singers Emma Brems, Liz Kittner, Alex Lawrence, and Nathan Shutt will be featured
soloists. Coshocton County native Sarah Porteus Baker has arranged ‘Together, Wherever We
Go’ and several other songs that will be included in the concert.
The Youth Choir will also be singing for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 worship service at The
Coshocton Presbyterian Church, located at 142 North Fourth Street. A Youth Choir ensemble
will sing at the 8:00 a.m. mass that day at Sacred Heart Church, 805 Main Street, Coshocton.
Guests are welcome to attend either service.
Tickets for the All-Ohio Youth Choir “Keep the Dream Alive!” concert are $10 for adults and $5
for students and are available at the door or by calling the Coshocton Community Choir Business
Manager, Lee Bown at (740) 622-3960. Tickets and additional information can also be found at
Pre-sale tickets are also available from these outlets: Liberty House in Roscoe Village; Good
News Bookstore, Buehlers Foodmarket, and Marilyn’s Natural Foods in Coshocton; Home Loan
Savings Bank in West Lafayette and Baker’s Foods in Newcomerstown.
PRESS CONTACT: Jan Myers (740) 622-8439
or Charles Snyder (740) 623-0554