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Nearly every student in West Chester University’s School of Music will perform in the 91st Annual Holiday Program on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 and 7 p.m.
This year's honored student soloist is Rosemary C. Eberly from East Earl, Pa., in Lancaster County. She is a senior voice performance student who plans to graduate this May. As this year's soloist, Eberly will follow in the footsteps of other competition winners and have the honor to sing the Christmas favorite "O Holy Night."
Eberly, who has sung with WCU's Mastersingers and Concert Choir, plans to pursue a career in sacred music performance as well as teaching, and will enter a master’s program following graduation. “I hope to start my own private voice studio and may possibly continue on for my doctorate degree as well so that I can teach at the university level. I have been incredibly blessed with the education I have received here at WCU. I have learned so much about myself and my voice through this program and through the influence of my professors.”
The 3 p.m. program features the Flute Ensemble, Women’s Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Choir and the Criterions Jazz Ensemble. The 7 p.m. concert includes the Baroque Orchestra, Men’s Chorus and Cantari Donne, Percussion Ensemble, Mastersingers and the Criterions. Audience participation is encouraged on several traditional selections including "Joy to the World," "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," "The First Noel," and "Angels We Have Heard on High." All lyrics are included in the program.
The concert is held in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building at the intersection of South High Street and University Avenue in West Chester. Tickets to either performance are $10 ($5 seniors and students) and are available at the ticket window in Sykes Student Union; call 610-436-2266. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.
Many free concerts are also still scheduled at West Chester until the end of the year, including School of Music faculty concerts and senior or graduate recitals featuring up-and-coming musicians. Visit http://www.wcupa.edu/arts-humanities/ for a complete list.