The Coshocton Community Choir's I'm Gonna Sing Spring Concert will be held on Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m.at Coshocton High School's McKinley Auditorium. Now in its 46th season, the Community Choir was organized in 1971 by its director, Charles R. Snyder, a longtime Coshocton teacher, choral director, and church musician. There are over 200 musicians from throughout central Ohio participating in this concert including the adult choir; The Coshocton Singers (grades 4 through 8), the Coshocton Youth Chorale (grades 9 through 12), instrumentals Dickie Barrick and Mark Wagner on piano; and the Roscoe Brass Ensemble. "Last year’s 45th anniversary celebration for the Community Choir, and this year’s anniversaries -- the 30th for the Coshocton Singers (founded as the Coshocton Children’s Choir) and the 15th for the Coshocton Youth Chorale – made me think about the hundreds who have been part of these organizations over the years!" said Snyder. "Their love of singing – and sharing their gift of song – made me think of the old spiritual, 'I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing'. That simple phrase seemed to say it all." Snyder says there are always some cherished traditions in putting together the numbers for the Spring Concert. "The Palm Sunday hymn, 'All Glory, Laud, and Honor' has been our traditional processional since the Community Choir launched its first spring concerts in the early 80’s, and the strains of 'Beautiful Savior' and Peter Lutkin’s 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You' have been sung by the Choir and alumni at the conclusion of the spring concerts since then," he shared. "In recent years we’ve often had all three choirs join for a song, and John Rutter’s toe-tapping arrangement of 'When the Saints [...]
"O Holy Night" is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir's Festival Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m. The concert is under the direction of Charles R. Snyder and features the 100-voice adult choir, now in its 46th season. "For several years I have thought about a Christmas concert that would include some 'tableaux', where motionless figures present scenes from the story as it unfolds," shared Snyder. "So this year the music and narration have been tailored to be part of this 'live nativity'. We can talk so much about the implications of Christmas that we sometimes forget to really listen to the story. This concert goes back to the basics, the story of a Child born in a Bethlehem manger many years ago. The Reverend Richard Hoover is once again writing the narration for us." Snyder feels the concert theme is fitting for this year. "The beloved Christmas song 'O Holy Night' gives us focus at a particularly divisive time in our country's history," he said. "These words from that song 'Truly, he taught us to love one another, his law is love and his gospel is peace', are a message we all need to hear right now. The audience will enjoy the opportunity to join the choirs in singing some favorite carols 'Silent Night,' 'We Three Kings,' and 'Joy to the World,' to name a few. We will be singing several pieces by composers with strong Ohio ties: John Ness Beck, Craig Courtney, and Stephen Caracciolo, and I believe that Mark Hayes’ jazz-inspired song, 'Here's One', will be an audience favorite." This season is the thirtieth anniversary of The Coshocton Singers (founded as the Coshocton Children's Choir), and the fifteenth [...]
The Coshocton Community Choir recently welcomed twenty new and returning members to their 100-voice choir as they prepare for the upcoming O Holy Night Christmas Festival Concert on December 4. The new and returning members include – Ruth Edwards, Janet Boyd, Kayla Cowden, Tyler Hahn, Andy Hall, Quinn Wherley, Michael Belt, Everett Hall, Bryan Still, Nathan Shutt, Austin Youker, Jordan Conner, Levi Masters, Emily Els, Heather Palenshus, Karysa Kent, Catherine Reese, Kelly Florian, Sharon Sutton, and Jennifer Shanks. The Coshocton Community Choir includes singers from not only Coshocton County but throughout Central Ohio including Newcomerstown, Dover, Mt. Vernon, Wooster, Zanesville, Cambridge, Westerville, Millersburg, Berlin, Dresden, Morrow, Pickerington, Worthington, Bakersville, Pataskala, Newark, East Liverpool, Mt. Gilead, Columbus, New Concord, Fredericktown, Reynoldsburg, and more. Choir members range from high school age through senior citizens. The Coshocton Community Choir is now in it 46th season, and has commissioned several arrangements from well-known composers. The choir was founded by and is conducted by Charles R. Snyder. The Annual Fund Campaign is also underway for the Coshocton Community Choir. For those interested in contributing financially to the Choir, contact Business Manager Lee Bown, at 427 Roscoe Street, Coshocton, OH 43812, or call her at (740) 622-3960. Contributions can also be made online at the Choir's website www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org. Contributing members receive complimentary tickets to the Choir's concerts. The Coshocton Community Choir's Festival Christmas Concert entitled O Holy Night will be held on Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m. at Coshocton High School's McKinley Auditorium, located at 1205 Cambridge Road in Coshocton. The concert will feature the adult choir, the Coshocton Singers children's choir and the Youth Chorale high school singers choir. Tickets for the O Holy Night Festival Concert are $10 [...]
The Coshocton Youth Chorale, sponsored by the Coshocton Community Choir, has added twenty new singers. The Youth Chorale includes area high school students in grades 9-12. They will perform during the Coshocton Community Choir Christmas Festival Concert on December 4 at CHS McKinley Auditorium. New singers include: Rachel Roman, Trista Yoder, Ryan Gildow, Alexis Kittel, Amanda Kittel, Hope Asbury, Luke Bucher, Justin Conner, Raynor Shoemaker, Olivia Evert,Daniel Cullison, Logan Lawrence, Jadyn Cline, Harrison Orand, Colin McConnell, Kyler McNichols, Bladen Johnson, Noah Creager, Cameron Burkholder, and Danielle Newman. 'O Holy Night' is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir's Festival Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 4, 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. Find out more about the Coshocton Community Choir, the Coshocton Singers 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.
The Coshocton Singers, sponsored by the Coshocton Community Choir, has added several new singers. This choir includes area students in grades 4 – 8. They will perform during the Coshocton Community Choir Concert on December 4 at CHS McKinley Auditorium. New singers include Miciah Cahill, Zoey Alan, Mason Gano, Maddie Brink, Natalie Strange, Allison Edie, Kaitlyn Maust, Courtney Snyder, Benjamin Duren, and Drew Duren. 'O Holy Night' is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir's Festival Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 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. Pre-sale tickets will also be available from the following ticket outlets: In Coshocton at Marilyn's Natural Foods or Buehler's; Newcomerstown at Baker's Foods; West Lafayette at Home Loan Savings Bank; and in Roscoe Village at the Coshocton Visitors Bureau Office.
Applications are now being accepted for the Coshocton Community Choir's 2016 Bachert Scholarship. Named for Barbara Bachert, one of the choir’s most generous benefactors, the scholarship has been presented annually since 1988 to a Coshocton County high school senior or a current/former member of the Coshocton Community Choir to enable further musical study. The $1,000 scholarship is presented in honor of a retired county music teacher who has contributed to the cultural life of the Coshocton area. Applications may be obtained from local high school guidance counselors or for download here. The application form must be completed and received no later than April 15, 2016. Please send them to: The Coshocton Community Choir Scholarship Committee c/o The Presbyterian Church 142 N. Fourth St. Coshocton, Ohio 43812
COSHOCTON, Ohio — Gifts of Love is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir's Christmas Festival Concert on Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 p.m. The concert is under the direction of Charles R. Snyder and features the 100-voice adult choir (now in its 45th season); singers in grades four through eight in the Coshocton Singers (now in its 29th season); high school singers in the Coshocton Youth Chorale (in its 14th season); the Roscoe Brass Quintet; pianist Dickie Barrick; and other area musicians. Interspersed with the music is narration written by Reverend Richard Hoover. "In a season that’s become so focused on material gifts, I think we all need to be reminded of the gifts of love that surround us each day – gifts that are especially obvious at Christmas," said Snyder. "Since our first festival concert in 1987, we’ve tried to look at Christmas through a different lens each year. A line from one of our songs in our choir’s library, 'Come to the Manger' shares the words 'bring gifts of love, of joy, and brotherhood,' which gave me the idea for this year’s concert theme: 'Gifts of Love.'" Snyder says that when putting together a concert program it’s always a joy to include compositions and arrangements by some of his teachers and colleagues from over the years. "This year’s concert includes works by teachers/mentors Paul Christiansen, Donald Neuen and Harry Simeone, and by friends/colleagues John Ness Beck and Hal Hopson," shared Snyder. "The Choir enjoys Morten Lauriden’s contemporary setting of the ancient text, 'O Magnum Mysterium,' and I know the audience will especially like Paul Christiansen’s a cappella setting of 'O Holy Night' as well as Harry Simeone’s familiar arrangement of 'Do You [...]
"Bless This House" is new to the Coshocton Community Choir repertoire. Director Charles R. Snyder said he first heard it on the Crystal Cathedral, sung by former Miss America Dorothy Benham. He spent six months tracking the arrangement down. This recording features soloist Chad Putka. Enjoy!
"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 [...]
"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 [...]