Singers invited to join Mansfield Festival Chorus


The Mansfield Festival Chorus will meet on Tuesday evenings in Steadman Theatre beginning on Aug. 22 from 7 to 8:40 p.m. Participation in the rehearsals and performances is open to all persons on the university campus, high school students, and community singers. New members only need to vocalize for placement in the soprano, alto, tenor, or bass sections.

Some music will provided at the first rehearsal. However, two selections need to be purchased at the campus bookstore in Alumni Hall: “The Lord is My Shepherd,” by John Rutter and “Beams of Gentle Light,” by Robert Holmes.

The first concert on Sunday, Oct. 15, will feature the theme: “Common Ground.” The selections chosen will honor the history of the area: Native Americans, who lived here for thousands of years; the Underground Railroad, where enslaved people escaped to the north; and Cherry Springs park, where stargazers enjoy the night sky. The holiday concerts are titled “Decorate Your Heart.” "Deck the Halls" will be featured along with selections that inspire people to live in peace with their neighbors.

For more information, contact Peggy Dettwiler at or call 570-662-4721.

Festival Chorus music selections

Follow the Drinking Gourd           Folk song, arr. Andre Thomas

The Lord is My Shepherd            John Rutter

Soar Away                                   Sacred Harp, A. Marcus Cagle

Deck the Halls                             Welsh, arr. James McKelvy               

Beams of Gentle Light                 Robert Evans Holmes

The Canticle of Winter                 Joseph M. Martin

The Dream Isaiah Saw                Glen Rudolph