Hamburg hosts Region V Chorus Festival

On March 22 and 23, 210 choral students from 80 different high schools will be showcasing their talents at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region V Chorus Festival. Students from District 10 will be participating in workshops and lessons to work on their skills before performing for the community under host director Mr. Scott J. Piergrossi and guest conductor Dr. William Cutter. To be selected, students auditioned for the PMEA District 10 Choral Festival held at Berks Catholic High School this year and must re-audition on the same music for the Region Chorus.

When you see what these students can do musically in three days you are amazed. The sound and quality of this chorus is top notch, said Pergrossi in an email. He believes that a performance at this level only helps support the arts in Pennsylvania and is great for the Hamburg community as well.

Though Hamburg High School hosted the District 10 Chorus in 2005, this is the first time Hamburg is hosting the Region V Chorus. Students from Harrisburg, Lancaster, Berks Country, Schuylkill County, Poconos and Lehigh Valley School Districts will be staying with host families while they take part in rehearsals starting Thursday March 21 and throughout the performances.

The concerts are Friday March 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Hamburg Area High School Auditorium. There is a cost. For tickets call 610-562-3861 ext. 2132.

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Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.