Eastern Mennonite University

This article is from the EMU News Archive. The approximate date of publication was in November 2003. Current EMU news is available at www.emu.edu/news


EMU Offers Musical Gift Yule Love

Washington Symphonic Brass
Washington Symphonic Brass


The glory of brass quintet, timpani, and pipe organ will combine with the sound of 150 angelic children's voices at the annual Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir Christmas concerts.

Yuletide programs will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.

Members of the Washington Symphonic Brass and well-known Valley organist John Fast will join with SVCC Director Julia J. White and children ages 8-18 in performing music of the Christmas season.

The three performing children's choirs of the SVCC - the Preparatory Choir (43 members ages 8-11, Joy Anderson, director), the Treble Choir (40 members ages 10-15) and the Concert Choir (70 members ages 11-18) - will sing selections by themselves and with brass and organ accompaniment.

Maurita Eberly, accompanist, and Jill Cockburn, flutist, will also accompany the choirs.

The program will include carols of the season and sing-a-longs for audience, including the famous David Willcocks versions of "O, Come all Ye Faithful" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" with brass quintet and organ. The brass group will also perform selections by themselves.

This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Arts Council of the Valley.

The Washington Symphonic Brass is comprised of the finest professional musicians in the Washington/Baltimore area. WSB members have performed with the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and top military bands.

Conductor Milton Stevens and Trumpeter/Arranger Phil Snedecor formed the group in 1993 out of their love for the great literature written for large brass ensemble. Compacts discs that WSB has recorded for Summit Records, "Ancient Airs for Brass and Organ" and "Nielsen on Brass" have received critical acclaim.

The Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir, now in its 12th year, has collaborated with performers that include opera star Placido Domingo, The American Boychoir and Robin and Linda Williams. They have participated in local, national, and international children's choir festivals and have performed at numerous music educators and choral directors conventions.

They will perform at the Virginia Music Educators meeting in Norfolk, Virginia, in November, the Children in Harmony Choral Festival in Orlando, Fla., in May and at the Pacific Rim Children's Chorus Festival in Hawaii in 2005. The choir program consists of 200 children ages 6-18 in five choirs and has a staff of five.

Tickets can be purchased through the EMU box office at 540-432-4582. Prices are $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens, and $5/children under 12.

Posted: November 17, 2003