Upper Darby Choral Fest

The Upper Darby High School Choral Music Association will host its annual invitational Choral Music Festival February 19th at 7:30 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Now in its 24th year, the festival brings together more than 750 singers from nine area schools who will take part in the concert.

Upper Darby High School Choral Director Barbara Benglian points out that the festival, the only one of its kind in the area, is a noncompetitive one that promotes continued friendships and fosters inter-district musical collaboration.

For students and choral directors, it is an opportunity to share repertoire and experience varied musical styles. For audiences, it is an upbeat evening of family entertainment.

In addition to the award-winning Haverford High School combined choir, the festival showcases groups from Upper Darby and Drexel Hill middle schools, as well as ensembles from Conestoga, Springfield, Sun Valley and Unionville high schools.

Choruses from each of the participating schools will be highlighted in performances of short pieces of their choosing.

The concert will conclude with the combined choirs performing “America, the Beautiful.”

This is a highly entertaining festival that anyone who enjoys choral music will want to attend.

All seating is general admission. The $3 per person admission fee will be taken at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., in the Drexel Hill section.