The 25-voice Youth Choir from The New Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, Florida, directed by John and Lisa Wilson will be singing on Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach, FL. The program will include a wide variety of musical styles, from Classical to Gospel, including Spirituals and Contemporary Christian, vocal solos and solo piano selections. The choir will also present a staged Christian Musical, BRIGHT NEW WINGS, complete with costumes and choreography by prominent Drama Director, Richard Briggs. Also a special feature is a choir of talented musicians playing English handbells using the difficult 4 in hand technique. Admission to the concert is free, but a love offering will be taken at the intermission. It is a program that will appeal to adults and children alike!
The choir is comprised of talented and award-winning high school students from many schools in South Florida. They had the honor of being invited to sing this past December for the famous Christmas Candlelight Program at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, and were featured recently in an article on Youth Choirs in the National Journal of the American Choral Directors Association.
The Youth Choir sings in four-part harmony and is comprised of approximately 25 High School Students. Some of the music included will be favorite selections such as In Christ Alone, Worthy Is the Lamb, Lord Most High, How Deep the Father's Love for Us, Let All the People Praise Thee, and traditional spirituals such as Everytime I Feel the Spirit, plus Peter Wilhousky's incredibly popular arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic.
This season's concert tour will be through Western and Central Florida from June 6 to 15, singing at prominent churches located in Naples, Fort Myers, Tampa, The Villages, Orlando, and Vero Beach. The choir is directed by Dr. John L. Wilson, who is the full time Director of Music at the New Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach. He is a graduate of The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and the Sacred Music School at Union Seminary in New York City with a Master of Sacred Music degree plus an undergraduate degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where he recently received a Distinguished Alumni - Award. He was formerly Director of Music at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale and was featured weekly on the International Television Program, The Coral Ridge Hour along with Dr. D. James Kennedy. He studied conducting with Robert Shaw, Wilhelm Ehmann and Dr. Elaine Brown. His wife, Lisa Blyler Wilson, is the Co-director and accompanist of the group. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and has performed many organ concerts in the Mid-Atlantic area including Lincoln Center in New York City. She is presently the Director of the Rejoice School of the Arts in Wilton Manors, FL. She was also the Vocal Music Teacher for 14 years at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, where her school choir consistently won awards around the country. Accompaniment will be on piano and organ along with some solo instruments.
The Christ the King Presbyterian Church is located at 4050 77th St. in Vero Beach, FL. For further information, call 772-978-5848 or visit their website: www.ctkvb.org