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  • "We, as parents, have been delighted to see the growth our son has experienced musically while participating. I'm thankful for the excellence the directors push the choir members to achieve. The end results are always amazing and so enjoyable to hear." -- Parent

  • "I really enjoyed the concert and was amazed how the directors interacted with the kids." -- Concert Attendee

  • "As a parent of small children, it was exciting to watch the developing poise of the children in the choirs. And the Chamber Choir singers are incredibly earnest, spirited, and professional. I anticipate seeing my sons in the Chamber Choir someday."
    -- Parent

  • "I am a singer with Wheatland Chorale and it is so good to see children being inspired and enjoying music!"
    -- Concert Attendee

  • "I am so grateful for MCCL, its leadership, and the role it plays in the lives of our family."
    -- Parent

  • "We are so thankful for the way MCCL makes singing come alive for our daughter!"
    -- Parent

Auditions

The Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster is holding auditions for the 2017-2018 choir year on June 12 at Neffsville Mennonite Church, 2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. Auditions include matching pitch, singing in tune, using head voice, maintaining a melodic line while another line is being sung and singing one prepared piece of music.

The 140-voice choir involves singers in Carol Choir, grades 2–5; Concert Choir, grades 6–8; and Chamber Choir, grades 9–12. The choirs practice weekly throughout the school year in preparation for a concert series in early December and in the spring. Singers rehearse Tuesday evenings in late August through early May.

The choirs are led by artistic director Rosemary Blessing and director Sarah Wingard. Blessing holds degrees in piano performance and business administration from Eastern Mennonite University and has pursued graduate study in choral music. She maintains a private piano studio and teaches piano at Franklin and Marshall College. She is an active pianist in the Lancaster area and serves as rehearsal accompanist for the Lancaster Symphony Chorus. Wingard earned her bachelor's degree in music education from Messiah College with a concentration in voice and extensive study in piano. Growing up in Virginia, Sarah gained early musical experience singing with the nationally acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir. Sarah teaches general music and directs the choirs at Linville Hill Christian School. Wingard has also sung and regularly soloed with the Susquehanna Chorale.

Prospective singers should schedule a 15-minute audition time slot with Wingard at 540-383-9986 or carolandconcertchoir@lancastermennonite.org.

MCCL is also accepting registrations for two non-auditioned programs that develop vocal skills: Prelude Music for children in grades K–2 and Choristers for grades 2-8. Classes are held Tuesday evenings from September through November and again in February through April. To register, contact Audrey Livengood at 717-455-7025 or mccl@lancastermennonite.org.