PHS Choir to present concert

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir will present its annual free spring concert 7 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium.

Donations will be accepted at the doors, which open at 6 p.m. DVDs and CDs will be available for purchase.

The choir under the direction of Pamela McClain will open with the national anthem followed by “Consecrate the Place and Day” by Lloyd Pfautsch, “Shenandoah” by James Erb and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” which includes the reading of the “The Penny” by principal Pam Goots. Senior Garrett Nesselrode will display his watercolor painting illustrating the piece.

Members selected to the All State Chamber Choir and All State Chorus will each present a selection followed by four selections as sung by the Chamber Choir. The 28-member group will present “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” by Gyorgy Orban, “Kyrie” by Knut Nystedt featuring cantor Avery West, “Flower of Beauty” by John Clements and “If Music Be the Food Of Love” which will feature senior Zoe Heflin on cello.

The quartet of Dylan Fahey, Sam Miser, Garrett Nesselrode and Cody Siers will sing “Joshua,” a piece they performed on the state solo and ensemble recital earlier this year before the state Music Educators Conference. Following the quartet will be the Women’s and Men’s Ensembles, which captured superior gold ratings in national competition this year.

Both ensembles will feature soloists Avery West, Michaela Edman, Zoe Heflin, Torrey Archer, Emily Tingler, Ryan Phipps, Julian Argabrite, Carter Rice, Sam Miser, Dylan Fahey and John Bolton. Senior Brooke McVaney will present the solo “Per la Gloria,” which she performed at the state solo and ensemble recital at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater.

The A Cappella Choir will return to the stage for the final portion of the concert.

Senior Donovan Kelly will conduct the choir in the singing of the school alma mater as senior choir members are introduced. Newly selected choir members will join the group in singing “Home Among The Hills.”

“Wherever You May Go” will be sung in dedication to the 30 senior choir students.

The final two selections are pieces sung in national competition which earned the group a superior gold rating and first place. “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana will feature seniors Hyland Markle on timpani and Emily Tingler on gong. “Dance a Cachuca” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” will feature accompanist Amy Sinclair and senior Zoe Heflin playing four-hand piano.

The choir will conclude with a surprise finale. A reception will follow in the school cafeteria.