Cham­ber choir per­forms at the White House

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 21-mem­ber Penns­bury Cham­ber Choir, un­der the di­rec­tion of Penns­bury’s K-12 vo­cal mu­sic co­or­di­na­tor, James Moyer, had the priv­i­lege of per­form­ing hol­i­day mu­sic in the drand Foyer of the White House Dec. 13.

This marked the first ap­pear­ance by a Penns­bury choir at the White House since De­cem­ber, 2000. The stu­dents pro­vided sea­sonal mu­sic as mem­bers of the pub­lic took part in White House hol­i­day tours.

“This was a huge honor for us,” said Moyer, who ap­plied dur­ing the sum­mer for the cham­ber choir to be con­sid­ered for this ap­pear­ance. Along with the ap­pli­ca­tion and a let­ter of in­quiry, record­ings were also submitted.

“Our stu­dents were thrilled to have this op­por­tu­nity to sing in such a pres­ti­gious venue,” Moyer added.

The elite singing group per­formed a 45-minute set of fa­mil­iar carols and tra­di­tional pieces three times dur­ing a three­hour time­frame.

The stu­dents were ac­com­pa­nied to Washington, D.C. by Penns­bury High School prin­ci­pal iisa Becker, school coun­selor Joyce Burger, and vo­cal mu­sic teach­ers Betty Ho­hwieler and Brian Kra­j­cik.

Most of the mu­si­cal se­lec­tions were sung a cap­pella by the group with Moyer con­duct­ing. Kra­j­cik also con­ducted sev­eral pieces and pro­vided some pi­ano ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

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