Coventry Singers Offer Two Christmas Concerts

POTTSTOWN PA – Musical programs of sacred and secular works, intended to welcome the holiday and featuring traditional carols and contemporary Christmas songs, are scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3 (2017; Saturday and Sunday) in Pottstown and Birdsboro, respectively, in performances by The Coventry Singers. The choir of about 40 voices has performed in the Pottstown area since 1972, and this year is led by a new director.

Its Christmas concerts, titled “Songs of the Season,” will be held Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. in Cedarville United Methodist Church, 1092 Laurelwood Rd., Pottstown; and Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro. Both are free and open to the public; free will offerings will be accepted.

The choir welcomed new director Dan Kershetsky to the stand in September. A 1981 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education, and a 1993 graduate of West Chester University with a master of music degree in music education, Kershetsky has spent 33 years in public education. He taught in the Boyertown Area School District, from which he retired in 2014, for 26 years.

Choral groups under his direction were competitive and consistently achieved highest ratings at adjudicated festivals. His ensembles have also traveled internationally with performances in England, France, Italy, Austria, Prague, and the Czech Republic.

Nadine Lydic returns as piano accompanist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s in music from West Chester University. She also is a retired teacher from the Boyertown district.

The choir has previously performed with the Pottstown Symphony, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, and at Longwood Gardens’ Christmas Concert Series. More recently it performed Handel’s Messiah with the Reading Choral Society, the national anthem at Reading Royals’ hockey games, and participated in the Pottstown Relay for Life luminaria lighting ceremony.

Photo from The Coventry Singers