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Carnegie Hall Preview Concert!

7:30 p.m., Friday, May 11

Manchester Church of the Brethren

1306 N. Beckley, North Manchester



It’s a dream come true:

Carnegie Hall on May 26

for the College and MHS


Manchester College soprano Katie McCann was only 7 years old when her doting granny declared that she would die a happy woman if she could see her granddaughter perform at Carnegie Hall. Katie’s and her granny’s dreams come true on May 26 in a Saturday night performance uniting the College’s A Cappella Choir and its choral alumni with Manchester High School’s choir … on the stage of that grand, acclaimed New York City venue.

Katherine McCann, a sophomore from Homewood, Ill., went dress shopping with her grandmother over spring break. May 26 can’t come soon enough for either one. While this will be her debut at Carnegie Hall, the 53-member A Cappella Choir and many of its choir alumni had an afternoon performance in spring 2001.

But this time, Manchester College’s choral music director will hold the baton – directing not only the College and local high school singers, but other choirs gathering for the performance.

“It’s impossible to describe the thrill of standing onstage at Carnegie Hall,” said Dr. Debra Lynn. “It is just incredible to look out into the audience from the stage and think about all the great performers who have stood on that stage in the past.” The A Cappella Choir also has sung in the famous cathedrals of Italy, including at the Vatican. En route to its residency at Carnegie Hall this spring, the choir will perform for two Church of the Brethren congregations, and a preview concert in North Manchester on Friday, May 11.

At Carnegie Hall, the choirs will perform two songs composed by Manchester College faculty, Prayer for Peace, by Debora DeWitt, chair of the Music Department, and Earth and All Stars by Debra Lynn. Other music in a 7 p.m. prelude concert will include Randall Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom.  At 8 p.m. the choirs will join choirs from California, performing John Rutter’s Gloria and Donald McCullough’s Canite Tuba – directed by Debra Lynn.

Area residents will get a preview of the Carnegie Hall performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 North Beckley in North Manchester. The public is invited to the concert that includes a free-will offering to help support the Carnegie Hall trip.

The College choir also will perform for the Springfield Church of the Brethren in Akron, Ohio, and the Memorial Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg, Pa., on the way to the Carnegie Hall residency. For details about those tours, click here.

The choir’s recent CD, evermore & evermore, will be available at all performances.

The music of the A Cappella Choir, as well as the Chamber Singers and the all-women Cantabile, are familiar sounds on the Manchester College campus. In addition to concerts, the choirs perform for major College events, such as baccalaureate and Homecoming.

Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college with 1,056 students from 27 states and 26 countries. For more about music at Manchester, visit  To help support the trip to Carnegie Hall, contact Debra Lynn at

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