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Local Children Selected to Sing Morning Star Solos at Vespers Services

SoloistsBethlehem, Pa., November 12, 2012—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 later this fall.

The Moravian College Choir, conducted by Paula Ring Zerkle, will perform during the services that will be held November 30, December 1, 2, and December 7, 8, 9, at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A preview concert will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.

The following soloists were selected by the Moravian College Music Department to sing at the annual vespers program:

Mariah Nagle will be the featured Morning Star soloist at the November 16tpreview concert and at the December 8 service. She is the daughter of Cheryl Baker ’82 and Christopher Nagle of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Mariah is 11 years old and a 6th grade student at Northeast Middle School.

Erig Frey will be the featured Morning Star soloist at the November 30 service. He is the son of Rosemary Chickersky-Frey ’00 and Erig Frey Sr. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Erig is 9 years old and a 4th grade student at Holy Infancy School.

Abigail Kirst will be the featured Morning Star soloist at the December 1 service. She is the daughter of Karen Gummo Kirst ’91 and Kenneth Kirst of Northampton, Pennsylvania. Abigail is eight years old and is in the 3rd grade at Siegfried Elementary School.

Chloe Mondok will be the featured Morning Star soloist at the December 2 service. She is the daughter of Erika ’90 and Bill Mondok. Chloe is 13 years old and is in the 8th grade at Notre Dame of Bethlehem School. Erika Mondok is an admissions counselor at Moravian College.

Joseph Geyer will be the featured Morning Star soloist at the December 7 service. He is the son of Cynthia Rader Geyer ’93, ‘97 and David Geyer ’97. Joseph is 10 years old and in the 4th grade at Lehigh Valley Academy. Both Cynthia and David graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1997.

Colleen Strohlein will be the featured Morning Star soloist at the December 9 service. She is the daughter of Cathy and Tom Strohlein of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Colleen is 13 years old and in the 8th grade at Arcola Intermediate School.

Moravian Theological Seminary graduate Francis Florentine Hagen composed "Morning Star" in 1836.The Morning Star hymn is traditionally sung by a child soloist and each year. Auditions are held for the positions in September.

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 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.