The Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the area’s premier community choral singing group, will be featuring virtual performances throughout the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19, and its first recording is now available for free viewing online.
The SVC’s Scholarship Singers, a group of eight college students who are chosen by audition, have been hard at work recording its first virtual performance in the midst of the pandemic. They will be heard singing the British song We’ll Meet Again, released in 1939 and made famous by singer Vera Lynn. This song became an anthem of hope and resilience during the Second World War and is now a central theme for the Susquehanna Valley Chorale during this unique season when it isn’t possible to sing live performances.
Bill Payn, Director and Conductor of the SVC, has been working with the students to rehearse and produce this performance. “The students have really enjoyed this project and we have included some fun surprises throughout the video,” Payn says. “They add so much to the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and I am grateful for their energy and enthusiasm,” he adds. The Scholarship Singer program began 7 years ago and consists of 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 basses.
This performance is available to view for free on the Chorale’s Youtube channel, and will be shared on its Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as on its website. Visit svcmusic.org to easily access the recording.
“We believe music is essential, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SVC still intends to provide our local communities with incredible musical performances that provide hope, passion, and community to all who listen,” says Payn. To experience everything the Chorale has planned for this season, please follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and visit svcmusic.org to sign up for email announcements.
The SVC was founded in 1969 by a small group of musically oriented people who wished to sing, learn, and grow together in the performance of superb choral music. The group consists of over 100 members from communities across the Central Susquehanna Valley.Led by several distinguished conductors, the Chorale has emerged as the leading ambassador of the arts in the Central Susquehanna Valley. We are the region’s only community choral group dedicated to presenting orchestra-accompanied choral music of major standing.