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August 2021 news flash!  

We are delighted to announce a two-concert, in-person season for 2021-22.  We will perform Christmas music -- "Eight Carols for Chorus, Brass, Organ, and Attendees"-- on Friday, December 17th, at 7 pm.  Then on Sunday, May 29th, 2022, at 3 pm, plan to enjoy a unique choral performance with orchestra of works by Ola Gjeilo in the lovely sanctuary of St. John's United Methodist Church.

Rehearsals for the above season begin in September at St. Mark's Lutheran Church's fellowship hall, 142 Market St. in Williamsport.  The Chorus' Board of Directors voted to notify all returning and new singers that "We will require people to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in indoor WCC activities.  All singers must also be masked during those activities."

Singers, please note.  All sections (sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses) will rehearse together in a socially-distanced manner on Mondays, September 27th and October 4th, at 7 pm in the nave (sanctuary) of St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

"Blue Skies" not quite, but on Saturday, May 22nd, the Chorus met in Brandon Park to finish recording that Irving Berlin tune.  And please click here to enjoy our rendition, made possible by Mike Connor, Eric Albert, our virtual band, and a great group of singers.

Good news--Thanks to our talented singers and Michael Connor, Christian Humcke, Laura Vistarakula, Tina Swisher, and especially Eric Albert, the Williamsport Civic Chorus presents a virtual performance of "O Holy Night."  We hope you enjoy it by clicking here.

Even during the Chorus' pandemic hiatus, we do have expenses, so please consider contributing whatever you are able to manage during these tough economic times.  By clicking here, you will find details on how to provide that financial support. 

We look forward to bringing live choral music back to the stage during 2021-22.  Mr. Connor hopes to program the Ola Gjeilo works next season when their beauty before a live audience will bring joy to all.  Singers may still listen and practice parts using links on the password protected "Member Details" section of this website. 

We held an all-singer, socially-distanced picnic on August 17th,2020 at Susquehanna State Park.  Chorus members who attended this annual event were delighted to enjoy the scenery and each other's company.  Besides singing the national anthem led by Michael Connor with Dave Sorgen on trumpet, we ratified the recently revised By Laws (see a copy in "Member Details" by scrolling far down), learned of the continuation of our arts funding grant from the Commonwealth of PA, and pledged to keep purchasing Gardner's candy bars!

We also hope you enjoyed the February 2020 "Evening at the Pops" performance in the Pajama Factory's Clearstory Room.  It was heartening to see such a full house on a cold winter's day.  Thank you, volunteers, singers, band members, Michael Connor, Christian Humcke, and our enthusiastic audience!  You may view a complete video of this performance on the "Member Details" page of this website.

And thank you for having celebrated the Chorus' 75th anniversary with us in November 2019.  You may enjoy the passionately intoned finale to our "75 Years in Review" concert performed on Sunday, November 3rd, by clicking here.  Another video, without unanticipated views of a bystander, is this Russian Orthodox hymn, "Salvation is Created", by Paul Tschesnokoff seen here.  It is followed by "Gloria" from the sacred composition of the same name by Antonio Vivaldi.  You can see here that we are not the same girls' orphanage choir for which it was written.

Rehearsals for our non-auditioned Chorus take place on Mondays from 7 to 9 pm in the Fellowship Hall of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 142 Market Street, in Williamsport.  In 2021, the first in-person rehearsal is scheduled for September 13th.  All singers, returning and first-timers, may join upon payment of a nominal fee.  Please enter from the canopied entrance off the Mulberry Street parking lot across from Robert M. Sides Family Music Center.  

 

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Our Mission Statement

“The Williamsport Civic Chorus is an open community of singers dedicated to making fine music accessible to all through education, participation and inspiration.”

 

Music Director Michael (Mike) Connor earned a bachelor of arts degree in music from the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a master of science in education from Bucknell, where as graduate assistant to the renowned Dr. William Payn, he frequently conducted the Bucknell University Chorale.  Currently, Mike teaches music at Central Mountain Middle School in Lock Haven.  He has served as choir director for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Montoursville, and as interim music director for the Williamsport Chamber Choir.  Having appeared as tenor soloist with the Civic Chorus on multiple occasions, Mike's demonstrated skills as an inspiring singer, composer, band, and orchestra director go hand-in-hand with his commitment to create a positive, safe, and enjoyable environment for performers.

 

 

 

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As a special treat, please also enjoy viewing the Chorus' performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Little League World Series on August 23, 2018.

 

On Nov. 3, 2019, the Williamsport Civic Chorus performed "75 Years in Review" as the ensemble celebrated its jubilee year.

 

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, where the Chorus performed on 7/3/19.
Singers during rehearsal break--late October 2019.
Presentation of donation by WCC at Sing for the Cure Concert
Presentation of donation by WCC at Sing for the Cure Concert
"American Spirituals" in performance on Feb. 18, 2018, photo courtesy of J.J. Boettcher.
Williamsport Civic Chorus makes a contribution to Family Promise.

170205 The Body Electric concert, photo by Mark Nance

Chorus members sing Christmas carols--an annual event at Otto's Bookstore.