St. John’s to present Susquehanna University Choir concert in Phoenixville

The Susquehanna University Choir will perform in Phoenixville March 8.

Beloved composers Bach and Mendelssohn will be complimented by music of composers that are actively writing today when the Susquehanna University Choir comes to Phoenixville March 8.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville, will host the choir in concert on Sunday, March 8, at 7 p.m. There will be a tremendous variety of musical styles represented in the program, which is titled “Fill My Life with Spring.” The audience will be treated to folk songs, spirituals, hymn arrangements and even a popular tune or two that may be new to the listener.

The concert is presented as part of the choir’s first southeastern United States recruitment tour, Feb. 27 – March 8. This ensemble of gifted musicians represents the best of students from the Lutheran liberal arts university in Selinsgrove. The choir, conducted by Dr. Julia Brasher Thorn, who is the director of choral activities, and Cyril Stretansky, distinguished chair in choral music, is looking forward to performing their music for people of the area who missed the concert last year due to a snow storm.

Julia Thorn graduated with B.M. and M.M. degrees in music from Loyola University in New Orleans and a D.M.A. degree in conducting from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She was professor of music at Centenary College in Shreveport for 15 years before moving to Susquehanna.

In addition to the University Choir, the SU Chamber Singers will perform a segment of the concert. Chamber Singers consist of 18 musicians that are a subset of the University Choir and perform music appropriate to the small ensemble, often without a conductor. This versatile group of singers will be performing music of living composers but in every imaginable style.

“I have so enjoyed my work with the students of the choir throughout my three years at SU. They are an incredible group of young musicians that are dedicated to learning to sing to the best of their abilities,” explains Dr. Thorn. “They are bright individuals who bring to the ensemble a sense of pride in belonging to this musical organization. Their love of singing is evident in every rehearsal as they have the opportunity to share through choral music something far greater than they could do as individuals. As the conductor, I am happy to be a part of the very special musical community that is Susquehanna.”

The choirs will also be performing at the National Association for Music Education Conference in Providence, R.I., and the Pennsylvania Music Education Association Convention in Hershey this semester.

“I am constantly reminded of the joy we bring to our audiences and each other in making music together, and I hope that many will be a part of this event,” says Thorn. A free will offering will be collected to support the students with the expenses involved in a trip such as this.

There is no ticket charge for the concert at St. John’s, however a free will offering will be received. Childcare will be provided.

St. John’s is located at 355 St. John’s Circle, off Routes 23 and 29 in Phoenixville. For additional information, contact the church office, 610-933-3947.

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