Penn State Mont Alto to host fourth annual Choral Festival

Six schools and 160 voices join in grand evening of musical performances
Penn State Mont Alto Choral

The Penn State Mont Alto Chorale performs during last year's Choral Festival.

Credit: Debra Collins

MONT ALTO, Pa. — The Penn State Mont Alto Chorale will host its fourth annual Choral Festival on May 5 in the Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC) during a grand evening of musical performances with five other local schools and about 160 student voices. The festival is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets will be $5 per person at the door.

The Mont Alto Chorale will be joined by Shippensburg Middle School’s “The Accidentals,” Governor Thomas Johnson High School Concert Choir, Shalom Christian Academy High School Ensemble, Fairfield Area High School’s “Stars of the Knight Chamber Singers” and Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Chamber Choir.

A wide variety of choral music will be performed by the schools throughout the evening and the event will culminate with a group performance of “America the Beautiful.”

"We're very excited to welcome some of the area's finest choral singers to the Penn State Mont Alto campus,” said Penn State Mont Alto Music Instructor J. Frederick Davison. “Our annual choral festival has continued to grow and is a great opportunity to put choral music at center stage in south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland,” he said.

The Choral Festival is sponsored by the Mont Alto Chorale and is underwritten by the Miner Choir Endowment. It is also supported by John and Pauline Shearer, 1951 and 1953 Penn State graduates, respectively, with additional funding from Penn State alumni Sandra Offutt, 2005, Robert, 1982, and Susan Slaman, Charles, 1976, and also Deborah Frame, and J. Frederick and Dottie Davison.

Kathryn Miner, wife of the late John A. Miner, established the Miner Endowment for the Penn State Mont Alto Student Choir in 2013. As part of the endowment the chorale performs on and off campus each semester and hosts an annual Choral Festival on campus.

For more information, contact Debra Collins, director of public relations and marketing at 717-749-6112 or email [email protected].