A Summer Break!
Since 2003, Musical Associates: A Chamber Chorus in Lancaster, PA has delighted audiences with choral programs ranging from Medieval music to the present day. Under the direction of Emery DeWitt, this 36-voice auditioned chorus is unique in that it rehearses and performs only in the summer months, allowing area professionals the opportunity to hone skills and enjoy challenging repertoire without the pressures of the fall and spring academic seasons.
Summer 2017 will be a summer off for Musical Associates. Every seven years, Artistic Director Emery DeWitt and accompanist Mary Ellen DeWitt take a restorative sabbatical with extensive travel. The last one was in 2010, so it’s time for that well-deserved break again!
Please enjoy these three videos from our 2016 Summer Series, entitled Caritas. The first two are by James Sclater, a Mississippi-based composer who has been an important mentor and dear friend of the director for decades. The first video is a movement from Sclater’s extended work, Lux Aeterna. The second is a rollicking Gospel composition with a jazzy piano and clarinet accompaniment.
The third video is by composer Arlen Clarke, who currently lives and works in Greenville, South Carolina, but who lived in Mississippi when he wrote The Ponder Heart.