Choral Society to perform at Seminary Friday

The United Lutheran Seminary’s Church of the Abiding Presence will fill with holiday sounds Friday evening during the Gettysburg Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert.

Thirty-two auditioned singers under the direction of John McKay will present “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” at 8 p.m. in the chapel on the United Lutheran Seminary campus. Performing in the chapel is a first for the society, Manager Julie Strickland said.

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“Since we started, it has been our dream to sing here,” Strickland said. “It is probably the best place to sing in Adams County.”

Attendees will hear holiday favorites such as “Carol of the Bells” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The society’s Flute Flock will add to the festivities by performing three numbers.

The evening will end with an audience sing-a-long, during which attendees can launch into the holiday spirit by belting out “Away in a Manger,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

The Gettysburg Choral Society was formed in 2017 and includes members from surrounding counties. The chorus is open to all singers ages 18 and above who match the specific needs of the chorus and demonstrate vocal competence. Prior choral singing experience and the ability to read music are a requirement. Auditions for next season will be held in February, Strickland said.

More information on the Gettysburg Choral Society can be found at

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​Alex J. Hayes, Editor, has spent almost two decades in the Adams County news business. He is heavily involved in the community through his volunteer roles at the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, United Way of Adams County, and Healthy Adams County. Alex is also a freelance writer for several other publications in South Central Pennsylvania.
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