Manchester’s Winter Choral Concert
introduces new women’s choir
A new Manchester College women’s choir joins the Winter Choral Concert
on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8-9. Four choral groups will perform
separately and together at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Wine Recital Hall,
on East Avenue in North Manchester.
Holiday music is plentiful on the program for this Winter Concert, but
the audience will hear spirituals and other classical selections as
well. The choirs will sing in English, Latin and Spanish.
Joining the performance for the first time is a new auditioned women’s
ensemble, ”Cantabile” (pronounced kahn-TAH-bee-lay), conducted by Alan
Chambers. “We’ve had so many wonderful women audition for choir this
year that we formed this additional ensemble because I had almost no
openings this year for women in the A Cappella Choir,” said choir
director Debra J. Lynn, associate professor of music.
The 14-member Cantabile joins the 21-member Manchester Choral Society of
community singers (and two students), the 49-member A Cappella Choir,
and its 20-member Chamber Singers. Each choir will perform separately,
and conclude the concerts together, assisted by The Manchester Brass and
directed by Dr. Lynn.
Tickets for the performances are $3, available at the door or with
reservations, 260-982-5551. For more about the Music Department of
Manchester College, visit
About the program:
Cantabile music includes Velvet Shoes by Randall Thompson; For
the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter; We’ve Only Just Begun,
arranged by Ed Lojeski; and four Christmas carols, arranged by David
The Manchester Choral Society, conducted by Dr. Lynn, will perform
Fum, Fum, Fum, arranged by Parker & Shaw; Go ‘way from my
Window, arranged by Luigi Zaninelli; and Ain’-a that Good News
arranged by William Dawson. Sandy Funk will solo for All My Trials,
arranged by Norman Luboff; and Renee McFadden will solo for Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, arranged by Mac Huff. Alan
Chambers will accompany on piano.
The Chamber Singers’ program includes Of the Fathers Love
Begotten, arranged by Paul Wohlgemuth; O magnum mysterium
by Thomas Luis di Vittoria; and Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day
by John Gardner. Student conductor is James Hutchings.
On the program for the A Cappella Choir is the 16th century
Riu, Riu, Chiu, with solos by Andrew Haff and Michael Spaulding;
Ave Maris Stella by Trond Kverno; Hacia BelÚn va un borrico,
arranged by Alice Parker & Robert Shaw, with solos by Jeff Combs, Tedra
Tague and David Moan; and music by John Rutter.
Combined, the choirs will sing familiar Christmas music, including Ave
Maria by Franz Biebl with solos by Andrew Haff and Robbie Bucher; and
Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, with a solo by Allison Hoover.
Assisting the choirs will be Alan Chambers on organ and The Manchester
Brass, with Jason Lucker and Reggie Smith on trumpet, Suzanne Gindin on
horn and Robert Lynn on tuba.