Southern Cove Correspondent 

Cove Community Chorus Returns to Stage


December 1, 2022

On Nov. 19 and 20, Cove Community Chorus performed once again at Spring Cove Middle School Auditorium.

"Sing! Salute! Celebrate!" was the title of the program under the direction of Sue Stoudnour. Stoudnour graduated from Central High School in 1964.

Stoudnour said, "It's great to be back with the chorus. Tom Kunkle had invited me to direct this group in 2018 for the spring concert. Kunkle has resigned and when asked for this year, I committed with much joy and expectation."

In 2012, Roaring Spring celebrated its 125th birthday. Kunkle had organized a chorus for that celebration, which then became known as Cove Community Chorus.

There are approximately 55 members from various communities, including Blair, and Bedford counties. There will be two concerts per year, and next one is set for the spring.

Rehearsals are fun but hard work. More members are needed and welcomed for the spring concert.

This program concentrated on three categories. Sing! consisted of songs such as "I Can't Keep From Singing" performed by Mandi Bloom, Lois Campbell, and Tricia Forshey, accompanied by the chorus.

"People Need the Lord" was a song the chorus loved to sing as it tells a story.

"Salute!" was the next category. "God Bless America" with soloist Forshey was a hit.

"What a Wonderful World" and "Let Freedom Ring" were performed with Mia Yingling as the soloist.

"Celebration!" was the last selection of songs. "That's the Good News" with soloist Yingling was one of the choir's favorites. This song proclaimed the Good News that Christ was coming.

The "Little Drummer Boy" was done with four hands on the piano. Forshey and Marian Grassmyer played together with the chorus accompanying them.

This section consisted of a skit called "The North Polaroid." The scene featured a reporter from the Morrisons Cove Herald being sent to the North Pole to take a photo of a family. The reporter was not told who the family was, but as the song unfolds, she finds out it was Santa, reindeer, elves, Susie Snowflake and Frosty.

Jim Gregory was the MC and was called to get in the picture by one of the elves. Although a flash was seen from a camera on stage, the real picture (above) came from a friend of the Herald's, photographer Denny Shoemaker.

This group welcomes anyone who likes to sing to join in the spring. Rehearsals will start in January.


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