ELIZABETHTOWN - A talented group of singers made up of local residents is preparing to add their musical touch to the holiday season.
The Pleasant Valley Chorale, under the direction of Susan Hughes, has been rehearsing since September in anticipation of their annual Christmas concerts.
The two concerts, Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Essex Community Church and Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown, are sure to help audience members get in the holiday spirit.
The chorale includes 45 singers of all ages from Elizabethtown, Lewis, New Russia, Westport, Essex, Crown Point and Upper Jay. They rehearse weekly in the Elizabethtown Social Center, which acts as the primary sponsor for the group.
"The chorale is developing a reputation for excellence and fun," said Hughes.
Mary Lu Kirsty will provide accompiament for the chorale on piano, joined by flutist Hans Himelein on select pieces. As always, the ensemble will present a mix of sacred and secular music, with a couple of spirituals and some traditional holiday favorites.
"It's the music that makes each year different from the last, and new friends and faces joining us to sing," said Hughes. "We have at least eight new members who have joined us for this session."
One of the group's songs will be a medley of carols by Alfred Burt, who wrote "Caroling, Caroling" and other holiday favorites.
"We are also doing several wonderful arrangements by Robert DeCormier, and a great arrangement of "Children, Go Where I Send Thee," by a close friend, David Dusing," said Hughes. "This piece will feature a solo by alto Katherine Houseal."
Admission to the concerts are free. Goodwill donations will be accepted at the door to help defray the cost of music for future concerts. For more information, contact the Elizabethtown Social Center at 873-6408.