Warren County Community Singers will celebrate 25 years of performances with its “2018 Springfest of Song,” on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg, and Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at the Washington Presbyterian Church.
Two of the Singers’ former music directors will serve as guest conductors at both concerts. Karla Lake, the original conductor, and Bob Riday, will each conduct a song from concerts during their tenure.
A reception will follow the Sunday concert in the church’s fellowship hall.
The singers are a non-audition group of adults, high school age and above, from all around the county and its environs, directed by Hunter Chadeayne.
The associate director/accompanist is Ann Hoyt. The concert also features the Children’s Chorus of Warren County under the direction of Mariah Adams. Laura Rader is accompanist for the Children’s Chorus. The children are age 7 through middle school age with unchanged voices.
Some of the selections chosen for this Springfest include “Jenny Rebecca,” first done by the singers years ago; “Make Them Hear You,” from the musical Ragtime; and the old standard,”Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”
Also featured at Springfest will be a performance by a winner of the Warren County music scholarship. The Singers offer scholarships each year as part of their community outreach.
Community Singers perform two primary concerts a year, in the spring and the first weekend in December, and also perform at other venues throughout the year, notably at Belvidere’s Victorian Days in September. New members will be accepted for the fall semester in early September.
The concerts are free and a good will offering is collected.The Children’s Chorus is sponsored by the Singers. Funding comes, in part, from the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission.