IUP Community School Choir Schedules Concerts

Posted on 12/4/2015 1:11:19 PM

The IUP Community Music School’s (IUPCMS) Crimson Youth Choir and Indiana Community Choir will present concerts as a finale to a busy semester. The Youth Choir will perform at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2015 in DiCicco Hall, Room 121 Cogswell Hall. The Community Choir will present Handel’s Messiah at 4:00 p.m., also on Sunday, December 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Crimson Youth Choir at St. Andrews VillageUnder the direction of graduate voice student Jessica Zelenack, the Crimson Youth Choir is made up of students with a wide variety of ages and divided into primarily two ensembles, a younger beginner choir and the older and more advanced voce choir. The choral selections for the concert were inspired by the winter season and features composers ranging from the baroque to contemporary, including melodies inspired by Handel and arrangements by the hit a capella group Pentatonix. Pictured at right, members of the ensemble perform for residents at St. Andrew’s Village.

In addition to the youth choir, several private students of the IUPCMS voice instructors will be featured on the first half of the concert. Both the voice students and the choir are accompanied by IUPCMS piano instructor Evan Engelstad.

The Indiana Community Choir is led by artistic director Jon Erik Schreiber and will be presenting G.F. Handel’s popular baroque masterwork Messiah.  The choir will feature Part 1 of the work as it relates the Advent and Christmas story through dramatic recitatives, stunning vocal solos, and stirring choral movements, as well the the traditional Hallelujah Chorus from Part 2. The choir will be accompanied by guest organist Bryan Lohr of Somerset, Pa.

Tickets for the Crimson Youth Choir concert will be available at the door for $3, with children under age 12 attending for free. The Indiana Community Choir performance of Messiah is a free concert with donations to the IUP Community Music School being accepted.

For more information on the concerts, e-mail community-music@iup.edu or call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787.

The IUP Community Music School is supported through a significant gift from Kay B. Smith with additional funds from S&T Bank and IUP Dining. Further support is provided by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by an annual appropriation by the legislature.