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Moravian Choir to Perform as Part of "Lift Your Voice" Gospel Workshop

Lift Your Voice! A Choral Concert Featuring the Moravian Choir & Invited High School Singers

Bethlehem, Pa., January 21, 2011--The Moravian College Choir will pay tribute to black gospel music as they perform with The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts and The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus on Friday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Hall at Moravian College. The public is invited to attend and admission is $10 for adults and free for students and children.

The concert is part of a four day program, “Lift Your Voice,” a weekend of classes and concerts celebrating black gospel music with guest clinician, Dr. Anthony T. “Tony” Leach, associate professor of music and music education at The Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture. Leach is director and founder of Essence of Joy, the Penn State University Gospel Choir.

Moravian College will be hosting 36 area high school students and their teachers from Central Bucks West, Ephrata, Lehighton, and Methacton School Districts as they sit and sing with the Moravian college choir. On the 28th, the music directors will participate in a special hour-long workshop with Dr. Leach on how to teach Gospel Music. While that workshop is in progress, students will be led on a tour around Moravian’s campus. The high school students will eat in the cafeteria with Moravian students. A joint rehearsal of choirs from LVPA, The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, Moravian College Choir, and the invited high school students will take place in preparation for the concert to follow.

Dr. Anthony Leach is an associate professor of music and music education at The Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture, is director and founder of Essence of Joy, the Penn State University Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. Leach holds a Ph.D. in music education and the M.M. in conducting from Penn State University, and the B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa.

This program is being presented with the generous support of Arts and Lectures at Moravian College, and is part of the four-day workshop, Lift Your Voice! sponsored by the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. For program details visit www.pasinfonia.org

For more information, please contact Joy Hirokawa, visiting instructor of Music Education, at jhirokawa@moravian.edu or at 610-861-1671.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Department of Music at music@moravian.edu, or call 610-861-1650 at least one week prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.