Pittsburg Trip 2015

Returning from their trip last Sunday, the combined high school choirs (Chorale and Chamber Singers) made their way back to good ‘ole Havertown from Pittsburgh after attempts by winter to foil their trip. The choral trip was unexpectedly shortened due to inclement weather on Thursday which delayed the departure of the singers, and prevented them from performing at the state capital.

Yet, the choir prevailed under the leadership of music teacher extraordinaire Ms. Marsha Core and embarked west to commence the trip to the other side of the state, leaving Friday morning instead.

Jack Frost was the one in for a surprise when the choirs took off to Pittsburgh as they were not phased by such measly attempts to ruin their trip. Upon arrival in the city of steel, the choral students had a musical masterclass with one of the country’s top choral conductors and specialists, John Goldsmith. Other highlights of the excursion included a trip to the Andy Warhol Museum, shopping in downtown Pittsburgh, and when the singers put on their dancin’ shoes for a dinner and dancing cruise on the three rivers. They also went to a Pittsburgh theater to see the hilarious Mel Brook’s Musical, Young Frankenstein.

The trip concluded with a breath-taking concert in the beautiful space of the First English Evangelical Church  that featured musical selections from throughout time. One crowd and choir favorite was contemporary artist Eric Whitacre‘s popular piece, Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine as it sounded remarkable in the magnificent acoustical setting the church provided.

All of this would not be possible without the amazing work of the high school choral director and music teacher Ms. Marsha Core. Core worked tirelessly preparing, planning, and executing this fabulous trip which all of the choral students will remember for many years to come.

Videos from their concert:

ACDA Fall Conference

The Fourth Annual ACDA-PA Fall Conference, October 17 and 18 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, featured interest sessions and performances by selected choirs from Fox Chapel High School, Temple University, Haverford High School, West Chester University, Penn State University, Seton Hill University and the ACDA-PA Elementary Honor Choir. In addition to all of these performances, your $45 registration fee included attendance at the Undergraduate Conducting Competition and Masterclass with Peggy Dettwiler, and an evening performance by Seton Hill Choirs.