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Bethany Snyder, Katrina Cooley, Kayla Lenhart, Gabrielle Keister, and Nathaniel Black

Five high school students from Penn View Christian Academy recently traveled to Harrisburg where the students participated in an All-State Choir seminar and concert. The Choir, sponsored by the Keystone Christian Education Association, was held on November 20-22.
The students from Penn View Christian Academy who participated include Bethany Snyder of Sunbury, Katrina Cooley of Sunbury, Kayla Lenhart of Mifflinburg, Gabrielle Keister of Mifflinburg, and Nathan Black of Penns Creek.
Students in grades 9-12 had to be screened and nominated by the local school administration and music faculty. Subsequently each nominated student auditioned for the Keystone organization. Approximately 140 students participated from schools across Pennsylvania, representing Christian schools from every geographic region of the state.
This year’s guest conductor, Dr. Russell Shelley, is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies and Chair of the Department of Music at Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA). As Professor of Music, he conducts the College’s Concert Choir, Choral Union, Alumni Choir, and Chorale. Under his direction, Juniata’s choirs have performed nearly two dozen states and 20 countries on more than 25 extended concert tours. Shelley has also lectured internationally and is a member of a number of national music honorary societies.
The young people joined voices in singing nine religious, classical, and folk works in both English and foreign languages. Two days of rehearsals gave way to a pair of final concerts, which were performed in the capitol rotunda at Harrisburg on Saturday, November 22, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The Executive Director of KCEA, Dr. Ted Clater, views the annual event as one of the key components of KCEA’s program. The Association offers various activities to help students prepare themselves for the future. It encourages students to develop Christian character and to achieve academically. Athletic competitions in volleyball, soccer, and basketball, as well as Bible Quizzing and Festivals in Bible, academics, and fine arts, are a major part of the activities provided students in KCEA schools.

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