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Six Children Selected to Sing Morning Star Solos at Moravian College Vespers Services

Vespers Preview Concert will be held on November 17

Bethlehem, Pa., November 7, 2006—Six local children have been selected to sing the solo portions of the traditional Moravian hymn, “Morning Star,” at the Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary Christmas Vespers services in December. The Moravian College Choir, conducted by Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, will be featured in the six services that will be held December 1, 2, 3, and 8, 9, 10 at Central Moravian Church, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Members of the Moravian College Music Department chose Linnea Harris (age 9), Ian Alexander Roth (age 9), Liana Irvine (age 9), Bridget Hoke (age 8), Rebecca Gayle Krown (age 10), and Rachel Sutherland (age 12) to sing “Morning Star” at the annual vespers.

Linnea Harris is the daughter of Mark Harris and Dr. Theresa Dougal, associate professor in the English Department at Moravian College. Linnea is a 4th grader at William Penn Elementary School in Bethlehem.

Ian Alexander Roth is the son of James and Mandy Roth 1987 graduates of Moravian College. James serves as president and Mandy is the vice-president of the Moravian College Choir. Ian is a 4th grade student at the Shiloh Hills School in Sinking Spring, Pa. He sings with the Berks Classical Children’s Chorus and is the nephew of David Roth, artist/lecturer in the Music Department at Moravian College.

Liana Irvine is the daughter of Suzanne Irvine and Dr. Donald St. John, professor of religion at Moravian College. Liana is in the 4th grade at Asa Packer Elementary School in Bethlehem, Pa.

Bridget Hoke, is the daughter of Kathleen Hanifan Hoke 1987, and Harris C. Hoke, Jr. 1985 alumni of Moravian College. Bridget is in the 3rd grade at St. Joseph School, Mendhan, N.J.

Rebecca Gayle Krown, is the daughter of Dawn King Krown, 1986 graduate of Moravian College and Richard D. Krown.  Rebecca is a 5th grader at the Pfaff Elementary School in Green Lane, Pa.

Rchel Sutherland is the daughter of Gail and Daniel A. Sutherland, a 1976 graduate of Moravian College and a Moravian College Choir alumnus.  Rachel is in the 7th grade at Lehigh Christian Academy, Allentown, Pa.

Moravian Theological Seminary graduate Francis Florentine Hagen composed "Morning Star" in 1836.The Morning Star hymn is traditionally sung by a child soloist each year. Auditions were held in October.

The soloist, choir, and congregation join in singing the hymn as the church lights are dimmed and the beeswax candles are distributed by members of the college and seminary community. Moravian College's tradition of celebrating the Christmas season with special vespers services dates back to 1742. The Christmas Vespers services are held for the immediate college community and invited guests.

Moravian College Pre-Vespers Concert will be held on Friday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. in  Foy Concert Hall. This ever popular “dress rehearsal” concert presents a sneak peek at the 2006 version of the Moravian College Christmas Vespers. The program includes music by the College Choir, Paula Ring Zerkle, director, Women’s Chorus, Eduardo Azzati, director, and a number of student chamber ensembles. A child soloist will, once again, lead the perennial favorite Morning Star. Admission is a suggested donation of $5

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.