The Coshocton Community Choir's "I'm Gonna Sing" spring concert will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Coshocton High School's McKinley Auditorium. Now in its 46th season, the Community Choir was organized in 1971 by its director, Charles R. Snyder, a longtime Coshocton teacher, choral director and church musician. Over 200 musicians from throughout central Ohio participate in this concert, including the adult choir; The Coshocton Singers (grades 4 through 8), the Coshocton Youth Chorale (grades 9 through 12), instrumentals Dickie Barrick and Mark Wagner on piano; and the Roscoe Brass Ensemble.
Snyder says there are always some cherished traditions in putting together the numbers for the Spring Concert. "The Palm Sunday hymn, 'All Glory, Laud, and Honor' has been our traditional processional since the Community Choir launched its first spring concerts in the early '80s, and the strains of 'Beautiful Savior' and Peter Lutkin's 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You' have been sung by the Choir and alumni at the conclusion of the spring concerts since then," he shared. "In recent years we've often had all three choirs join for a song, and John Rutter's toe-tapping arrangement of 'When the Saints Go Marching In' will be exciting this year as the audience joins the three choirs on the final chorus."
The second set of songs for the Community Choir features what Snyder calls "masterworks," songs in the "choral canon" that have stood the test of time. Listeners will hear compositions by Haydn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Ohio composer John Ness Beck. The concert's theme will be obvious in Garry Cornell's festival fanfare, "Sing to God a Joyful Song," Tchaikovsky's "O Sing to God," K. Lee Scott's arrangement of "I'm Gonna Sing" and the powerful finale, "A Song of Peace," which also calls for piano, brass and timpani.
The Coshocton Youth Chorale will sing "Simple Gifts," "To Everything There Is a Season," "Hush, Somebody's Callin' My Name" and "Let Me Ride." They will have their own concert the end of May, during which many other songs will be shared.
Coshocton High School's McKinley Auditorium is located at 1205 Cambridge Road in Coshocton. Tickets for the "I'm Gonna Sing" concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door, on the choir website www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org or by calling business manager Lee Bown at 740-622-3960.
For more information about the choir and their concerts, contact the Coshocton Community Choir at 740-623-0554, find them on Facebook and at www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.