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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 Stocker.

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.

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