Chapel Hosts Community Chorus Concerts December 2–3
The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus gave three performances of its Fall Concert in the Irvine Memorial Chapel Saturday, December 2 (3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, December 3 (3:30 p.m.). Richard Rotz, who is the Academy’s director of music, also directs the Community Chorus.
The concert features Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, as well as two different pieces titled Magnificat (by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Franz Schubert) and seasonal holiday music. Academy Carillonneur James Brinson gave a carillon recital prior to each performance, and also played the organ during the concert.
The chorus includes more than 100 singers from four different states. Chorus members with Academy ties include Marilyn Houck, who is the school’s head athletic trainer and also serves as president of the Community Chorus’ board of directors, as well as alumni parents Donna Metcalfe (mother of Kathleen Metcalfe Thomas ’06) and Kevin Schoenberger (father of Evan ’13, Emily ’15, and Will ’17, and husband of longtime staff member Kelly Schoenberger).
On Sunday, December 10, Mercersburg Academy presents its annual Christmas Candlelight Service (featuring the school’s Chorale, String Ensemble, and Chapel Choir, as well as a sermon from School Minister William R. Whitmore). Services will be held at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with pre-service music by Academy Carillonneur James Brinson and other vocalists and instrumentalists beginning one hour prior to each service.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173