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St Lukes Singers Perform 2013 Holiday Concert

St. Luke's Singers Perform Annual Holiday Concert

Concert Marks Debut of a New Director, Nancy Shumaker

Bethlehem, PA (11/20/2013) - The annual St. Luke's Singers holiday benefit concert will be performed on Sunday, December 1 at 3 pm in the First Presbyterian Church, Center Street, Bethlehem. An instrumental prelude for organ and brass will begin at 2:45 pm to commence the concert with the theme of “The Very Best Time of the Year.” Tickets are $12 and may be obtained by calling 610-759-6325 or by visiting the hospital gift shops, located at St. Luke's Hospital – Bethlehem Campus, Allentown CampusAnderson Campus and Warren Campus.

New Arrangements of Familiar Classics

When the concert begins, the choir will sing new arrangements of familiar carols: “Joy to the World,”“O Come All Ye Faithful” and “I Saw Three Ships.” Also included in the program are contemporary composers like Mark Hayes' “Awaken and Prepare” and Linda Spevacek's “And the Angels Sang.” The second half of the concert contains standards and popular songs of the season like “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, “I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas” by Irving Berlin and “We Need a Little Christmas” from the musical, Mame.

The occasion serves as the inaugural concert for Nancy Shumaker, the new director of the Singers. Shumaker came highly recommended to the Singers having spent 35 years as a music teacher/choir director with the Bethlehem Area School District. In addition to directing the St. Luke's Singers Choir, Shumaker is involved with four other community Choir and Theater programs. The St. Luke's Singers is comprised of St. Luke's physicians, nurses and other employees as well as volunteers from as many as fourteen Lehigh Valley communities.

“Her past and current endeavors, talents and the tremendous reputation of the Singers within the community drew Nancy to this position. As the new Director for the Singers, Nancy has developed a melodious, uplifting concert to welcome the holiday season,” said Georgina Winfield, St. Luke's Director of Volunteer Services.

Only Hospital-Based Choir in Eastern Pennsylvania

The St. Luke's Singers are the only hospital-based choir in Eastern Pennsylvania and annually perform a winter holiday and spring concert. Each year the group chooses a different beneficiary within the hospital community. This year's holiday and spring concerts will benefit the Hope and Healing Series, offered to St. Luke's Cancer Center patients.

The primary mission of the St. Luke's Singers is to raise funds to help support projects and services at St. Luke's for the benefit of patients in need of treatment and care. Since 1991, the St. Luke's Singers have raised nearly $238,000 for various St. Luke's recipients.


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