POTTSTOWN PA – The Pottstown-based Coventry Singers will perform two free concerts of sacred and secular Christmas music, titled “Christmas Chestnuts,” on Saturday (Dec. 7, 2019) at 3 p.m. in Cedarville United Methodist Church, 1092 Laurelwood Rd., and Sunday (Dec. 8) at 4:30 p.m. in Zion Mennonite Church, 149 E. Cherry Ln., Souderton PA.
The concerts feature classical, traditional, and fun Christmas favorites, including carol sing-a-longs. Pieces include excerpts from Vivaldi’s Gloria, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. A brass quintet accompanies the choir. A freewill offering is accepted.
Nadine Lydic returns as piano accompanist. Nadine holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her master’s degree in music is from West Chester University. She is a retired teacher from the Boyertown School District and has been a member of the Coventry Singers for many years.
The Coventry Singers, a choir of about 35 voices, has been performing in the Pottstown area since 1972. They have performed with the Pottstown Symphony, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, and at Longwood Gardens Christmas Concert Series. More recently they have performed Handel’s Messiah with the Reading Choral Society, the National Anthem at the Reading Royals hockey games, and participated in the Pottstown Relay for Life luminaria lighting ceremony.
Janet Davis conducts at the podium. Davis was the artistic director and conductor of the Des Moines Choral Society, an auditioned 65-voice choir, when the ensemble was awarded the Iowa Arts Council’s Best Performing Group in 2001. She has conducted numerous choral and orchestral masterworks with massed choirs of more than 300 voices and full orchestras, including Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms at Carnegie Hall.
Davis holds a masters in music degree in conducting, with distinction, from Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ, where she was invited to become a member of the conducting faculty upon her graduation. She also holds two Bachelor of Music degrees, summa cum laude, in conducting and in voice performance from the University of Bridgeport CT.
In addition to the Des Moines Choral Society, she has directed the Alexandria Choral Society, and two choirs at Princeton University: the Princeton Madrigal Society, and the Princeton Camerata. Currently, Davis is the director of music at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Wernersville PA and is artistic director and conductor of the Emmaus Chorale in Emmaus PA.
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