"Day by Day" Spring Concerts | 7:00 p.m. April 19 | 3:00 p.m. April 26

Choir to sing special concert in New Philadelphia

“Day by Day” is the theme of a special preview of the Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19 at the New Philadelphia First United Methodist Church, 201 West High Avenue. The Dover Ars Nova Singers will join the Coshocton Community Choir in this concert. There is no admission cost to attend the concert, and a freewill offering will be collected.

Rev. Jim Humphrey, Pastor with the First United Methodist Church and former member of the Coshocton Community Choir, encourages area residents to attend the concert. “We have such a wonderful musical tradition and talent in our area,” said Humphrey. “This fine group of talented performers is well worth your time to hear and see. There are a number of New Philly and Dover people who are actually participants in the Coshocton Community Choir.”

The choir’s founder and director, Charles R. Snyder, says that the title of a particular song often sparks the creative process, and such was the case for this year’s Spring concert. This year it is Paul J. Christiansen’s setting of the Scandinavian hymn Day by Day. “Even though it has only been performed by our Choir three other times it is a favorite of those who know it,” stated Snyder. “Day by Day talks about God bringing blessings to every day and reminding us that we are never alone as we journey through life.”

Lift Up Your Heads from Messiah takes the Choir back to its early history. For the first seven years Messiah was the ‘standard fare’ for concerts. The Heavens Are Telling was suggested by a Choir member as a piece for this spring. It fits into a group of songs that journeys through four musical time […]

Choir to perform ‘Day by Day’ April 26

“Day by Day” is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26. Over 200 musicians from throughout central Ohio in the adult choir, the Coshocton Children’s Choir, the Coshocton Youth Chorale, the Roscoe Brass, and accompanist, Dickie Barrick will perform at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium.

The choir’s founder and director, Charles R. Snyder, says that the title of a particular song often sparks the creative process, and such was the case for this year’s Spring concert. This year it is Paul J. Christiansen’s setting of the Scandinavian hymn Day by Day. “Even though it has only been performed by our Choir three other times it is a favorite of those who know it,” stated Snyder. “Day by Day talks about God bringing blessings to every day and reminding us that we are never alone as we journey through life.”

There are two pieces for double choir: Let All the Nations Praise the Lord and Lord, Let at Last Thine Angels Come which features the Community Choir and the Youth Chorale. “It is always a neat experience for both groups when they can sing together,” added Snyder.

Lift Up Your Heads from Messiah takes the Choir back to its early history. For the first seven years Messiah was the ‘standard fare’ for concerts. The Heavens Are Telling was suggested by a Choir member as a piece for this spring. It fits into a group of songs that journeys through four musical time periods: baroque, classical, romantic, and twentieth century. “Down by the Riverside is always a popular number because it features all of the choirs, the Roscoe Brass Quintet, Dickie Barrick at the piano and the audience even gets to […]

Encore! Honors Choir to Perform Feb. 15

Many Voices, One Song is the theme of The Encore! Honors Choir performance at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 15 at 3:00 p.m.  Approximately 65 singers from the inaugural Encore! Honors Choir will be converging on Coshocton on Saturday, February 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 3:00 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’,” added 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 […]

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Composer Rehearses Latest Anthem with Choir

Popular choral music composer, Garry A. Cornell, was at the Coshocton Community Choir’s most recent rehearsal to conduct his latest piece, “Rejoice, Believers!” that he wrote for the group.  “This was my first time to hear this number sung by a choir,” stated Cornell after the rehearsal.  “It is so wonderful to hear in person what you put down on paper and to also have it sound like what you wanted to hear.”

The Coshocton Community Choir will premier “Rejoice, Believers!” at the upcoming Tidings of Peace Christmas Festival Concert on Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium.  The concert will also feature the Coshocton Children’s Choir and the Coshocton Youth Chorale.

The Coshocton Community Choir had commissioned Cornell to write a number in honor of their founder and conductor, Charles R. Snyder, for his 40 years of conducting the choir.  “It is always such an honor to be asked to write something like this for a special occasion,” Cornell added.

“This piece took a while to write, though.  I always say that when a piece of music is ready to be written, then it will be.  It just can’t be forced, so sometimes it takes longer than you’d like.”

Cornell has been a choir director in Columbus, Ohio, for the past 55 years, and most recently retired from St. Andrew Presbyterian Church where he is now Director of Music Emeritus.  He has been composing music since the age of nine and has had his own music publishing company, Celebrations Unlimited, for 38 years.

Charles R. Snyder, the choir’s director says he has known Cornell for over thirty years.  “I met Garry when I was a junior in college,” recalled Snyder. “He was the […]

By |November 16th, 2014|Featured, News|0 Comments

Choirs to Perform ‘Tidings of Peace’ Dec. 7

Over 200 singers and musicians from central Ohio participate in this annual Christmas concert. The choir, now in its 43rd season, has commissioned a number of arrangements from well-known composers. At this concert, the choir will premier a new piece written by Columbus composer, Garry A. Cornell entitled, “Rejoice, Believers!”, which was commissioned by the Coshocton Community Choir.

Musical selections span the centuries with classics from each era being performed. This concert features the 100-voice adult choir, the children’s choir and the teen choir, all performing a mix of sacred and secular choral music.

Ticket Prices – $10 adults and $5 students and they are available at the door or online at www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.

Details:
Tidings of Peace ~ Coshocton Community Choir Festival Concert
3:00 p.m. | December 7, 2014
McKinley Auditorium, Coshocton High School
1205 Cambridge Road, Coshocton, Ohio 43812
740-623-6554 | www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org

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By |November 16th, 2014|Featured, News|0 Comments

Coshocton Youth Chorale Adds New Singers

The Coshocton Youth Chorale, sponsored by the Coshocton Community Choir, has added several new singers. The Youth Chorale includes area high school students in grades 9-12. They will perform during the Coshocton Community Choir Concert on December 7 at CHS McKinley Auditorium.

New singers include: Hallee Anderson, Michael Belt, CJ Buckler, Kaitlyn Clark, Samantha Clark, Justin Conner, Elizabeth Ferris, Bryce Hains, Christa Lain, Lauren Johnson, Jarod Kaufman, Michael Kelley, Xavier Lewis, Kyla Lyons, Rowan Roberts, Shawn Smalley, Shawn Warren, Quinn Wherley and Alonja Weigert.

‘Tidings of Peace’ is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir’s Festival Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available from choir members, at the door or by calling Business Manager, Lee Bown at (740) 622-3960. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.

Pre-sale tickets are also available from these outlets: Liberty Lady in Roscoe Village; Triplitt Pharmacy, Buehler’s Foodmarket, and Marilyn’s Natural Foods in Coshocton; Home Loan Savings Bank in West Lafayette and at Baker’s Foods in Newcomerstown.

Find out more about the Coshocton Community Choir, the Coshocton Children’s Choir, and the Coshocton Youth Chorale by calling the choir office at (740) 623-0554, on the Coshocton Community Choir Facebook page, or on their website www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.

Pictured in the photo L-R:

(Front Row) Christa Lain, Kaitlyn Clark, Alonja Weigert, Michael Belt, Shawn Warren, Quinn Wherley, Lauren Johnson, Hallee Anderson,  and Elizabeth Ferris

(Second Row) CJ Buckler, Shawn Smalley, Michael Kelley, Kyla Lyons, Samantha Clark, Jarod Kaufman, Xavier Lewis, and Justin Conner.

(Not Pictured) – Rowan Roberts and Bryce Hains

By |November 16th, 2014|Featured, News|0 Comments

Cardinal Chorale To Perform ‘The Impossible Dream’

“The Impossible Dream” is the theme of the Cardinal Chorale’s special encore performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. Forty-five young singers who were part of the group which toured throughout Ohio last summer will be performing in this concert. The Chorale’s encore performance will be accompanied by Caroline S. Heading and conducted by Charles R. Snyder, who founded the Cardinal Chorale in 1995.

“The 18th edition of the Chorale toured last summer, singing in Columbus, Westerville, Worthington, Marion, South Bass Island, Fremont, Fostoria, Lakeside, Sebring, and Roscoe Village,” said Snyder. “There were 15 concerts and 12 impromptu performances in all during that tour”.

The Chorale will sing a variety of music from the 70 songs performed on tour, including sacred selections, spirituals, music from stage and screen, a song from a French comic opera, patriotic favorites, and folk songs. They will also sing a set of songs by Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter, arranged for Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.

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

The church is located at 142 N. 4th Street in Coshocton. For more information, contact the Coshocton Presbyterian Church at (740) 622-0486.

By |February 10th, 2014|Featured, News|0 Comments

From The Podium: A Note From Our Director

Dear Friends: For more than forty years, the Coshocton Community Choir’s yearly Christmas concerts have been part of our county’s celebration of Christmas. As you might surmise, there have been changes over the four decades. In the early years, there were 35 singers, and the musical fare was the same: the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.

Thirty years ago, the Choir’s membership grew to include 100 singers. We became incorporated, elected officers, chose robes, purchased risers and an acoustic shell, and moved our concerts to Coshocton High School’s wonderful McKinley Auditorium to accommodate the expanded Choir and the larger audiences.

Twenty-seven years ago the concerts took on a new format. We chose and developed a theme, tied the concert “story” together with narration, and commissioned artwork and music to help bring the story to life. We began to include carols for audience participation and invited other musical groups to share in the music making: area handbell ringers, Tom Havelka’s CHS Chamber Choir, and later, River View High School’s Certified Gold Chorale.

The newly-formed Coshocton Children’s Choir sang at their first Christmas concerts in 1988, and in 1991 the Roscoe Brass Quintet made their first appearance with the Community Choir – a collaboration that continues to this day. The high school contingent of the Community Choir family, the Coshocton Youth Chorale, added their voices to our holiday concerts in 2003.

The Christmas Rose, the Community Choir’s 43rd Christmas concert, will herald the birth of Christ in two performances:

Sunday, December 8 3:00 p.m.
McKinley Auditorium Coshocton High School

Sunday, December 8 7:30 p.m.
McKinley Auditorium Coshocton High School

With the completion of the new Coshocton Elementary School, the parking lots at CHS are once again accessible from Cambridge Road. Since the configuration is somewhat […]

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Choirs To Perform ‘The Christmas Rose’ Dec. 8

COSHOCTON, Ohio — The Christmas Rose is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir’s Festival Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Over 200 musicians from throughout central Ohio will weave together the Christmas Story at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium. Musical selections during the 90-minute concert span the centuries as the adult choir, the Children’s Choir, and the Youth Chorale, all under the direction of Charles R. Snyder, perform a mix of sacred and secular choral music.

“Christmas songs and scripture abound with imagery of flowers blooming in the desert,” said Snyder.  “Some songs see Jesus as the Christmas Rose; others speak of Mary as the flower that bore the Savior.  As always, choosing a new theme each year allows us to see the Christmas story through a different lens. Once again, our artist friend Tom Kulewicz has beautifully captured that in the logo he’s designed for this concert.”

This year’s concert narration has been written by The Reverend Richard K. Hoover, retired pastor of Roscoe United Methodist Church.  “His love of music and his ability to capture and relate scriptural truth with poetic beauty make him a natural for this task,” continued Snyder. “He also wrote the concert story for us in 2009. We are grateful that he agreed to tackle this task again.”

Snyder says the songs suggested by The Christmas Rose theme include the time-honored ‘Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming’;  composer friend Garry Cornell’s ‘One Perfect Flower’; the seasonal favorite, ‘Gesu Bambino’ by Pietro Yon; and Z. Randall Stroope’s hauntingly beautiful piece for women’s voices with piano and oboe, ‘There Is No Rose,’ based on an ancient Christmas text.

Other audience favorites will include Paul Christiansen’s setting of ‘O […]

By |November 25th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Coshocton Youth Chorale Adds New Singers

COSHOCTON, Ohio — The Coshocton Youth Chorale, sponsored by the Coshocton Community Choir, has added several new singers.  The Youth Chorale includes area  high school students in grades 9-12.  They will perform during the Coshocton Community Choir Concert on December 8 at CHS McKinley Auditorium.

New singers include: Maggie Myers, DJ Burkholder, Emma Hildreth, Morgan Lawrence, MacKenzie Doughty, Gretchen Lozowski, Kylie Art, Nathan Moses, Rebekah Peiter, Jacob Heading,  Samuel Hart, Wesley Cochran, Garrett Fabian, Cornelius Lewis, Timothy Meyers, Jacoby Spang, Cameron Burkholder, Meredith Free, Jordan Conner and Jared Norman

‘The Christmas Rose’ is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir’s Festival Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door or by calling Business Manager, Lee Bown at (740) 622-3960.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.

Tickets are also available from these outlets: Liberty Lady 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.

By |November 25th, 2013|News|0 Comments