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American Composers' Choral Festival on Center Stage

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Sep 25, 2014 10:06 AM




Harrisburg Singers and Susan Solomon Beckley


Every other year, The American Composer's Choral Festival is presented celebrating the music of a contemporary American composer. The event is co-sponsored by the Harrisburg Singers and Trinity Lutheran Church. Church choirs from around the area are invited to attend.


Dr. Robert Lau

In 2014, the honoree was Dr. Robert C. Lau, a native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania and a longtime faculty member at Lebanon Valley College. Dr. Lau has more than 350 choral and keyboard works published by leading music publishers in the United States. He has been awarded 15 special awards by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

The concert took place on March 29,2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill. Dr. Lau conducted the combined choirs and the Harrisburg Singers, with a large portion of the concert dedicated to his own music.  He was also commissioned to compose a new work for the event, Come Let Us Sing to the Lord.

Susan Solomon Beckley is the Director of the Harrisburg Singers. She and Dr. Lau are special guests in the Center Stage broadcast of the 2014 American Composers' Choral Festival.

Participating church choirs and directors include:

Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill -H. Timothy Koch

Camp Hill Presbyterian Church-David Brinkley

Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church - Matt Shaul

Camp Hill United Methodist Church -Keith Roden

Messiah Lutheran Church, Harrisburg - Daniel Adams

Zion Lutheran Church of Hummelstown - Sally Cummins

Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church -Jay Risser

St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Eric Dundore

Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church- Dr. Robert Lau, Former Organist/Choirmaster

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Harrisburg Pennsylvania Stake - Barbara Clippinger Lewis

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