Wingard Appointed Director
Sarah Wingard has been appointed director of the Carol and Concert choirs of the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster. She served as interim director during the 2016-2017 choir year and will take on the position of director beginning July 1, 2017.
Growing up in Virginia, Ms. Wingard gained much musical experience singing with Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, which has given her passion for MCCL's mission, both musically and spiritually. Wingard’s eight years with the nationally acclaimed SVCC is evidence of her commitment to community choral programs. With the children’s choir, she performed in choral festivals across the country including a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also sang under the direction of internationally known directors and composers such as David Willcocks, Henry Leck and Jean Ashworth Bartle. Wingard’s involvement as singer and soloist with the Susquehanna Chorale, a national-award-winning, auditioned choir in residence at Messiah College, serves as an outlet for her vocal talent.
Wingard earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Messiah College with a concentration in voice and extensive study in piano. She currently teaches general music and directs the choirs at Linville Hill Christian School. She maintains a private piano and voice studio. She is an active member of the worship ministry and children's ministry of Crossway Church in Millersville and directs the church children's choir.
Reflecting on serving as interim director this past year, Wingard comments, “The unity and hospitality permeating the MCCL community have made it easy to feel that MCCL is ‘home.’” She has appreciated the energy, responsiveness, musicality and joy expressed by each choir with which she worked and is delighted to step into the role of Carol Choir and Concert Choir director. Valuing the unique combination of musical excellence and spirituality, Wingard eagerly anticipates continuing the MCCL mission of training children and youth to glorify Jesus Christ through excellent choral singing.
The 150-voice choir includes Carol Choir (grades 2-5), Concert Choir (grades 6-8) and Chamber Choir (grades 9-12) led by artistic director Rosemary Blessing. In addition to the choirs, MCCL offers Men’s Ensemble directed by Jonathan Shoff and two non-auditioned classes: Prelude Music (grades 1 – 2) directed by Dot Smith and Choristers (grades 3 – 7) directed by Jonathan Shoff.