Christmas festival to feature community talent

The 29th annual Community Christmas Music Festival will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 650 Worth St., Corry. Journal file photo

More than 100 area voices will welcome in the Advent season Sunday during the 29th annual Community Christmas Music Festival.

The holiday event will begin at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 650 Worth St., Corry, and feature singing and instrumental music.

“We are officially ushering in the Christmas season,” said Rosemary Obert, director of this year’s festival and retired junior/senior choral director at Union City Area Middle-High School. “I’m always amazed at the talent we pull out of this small town. It’s going to be really fun to direct them.”

About 15 local churches will join together for this hometown tradition, which is being sponsored by the Corry Area Ministerial Association.

“Christmas Memories” is the theme of the concert and will be presented in memory of the Rev. Philip Clemens, past director of the festival.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to direct the concert in memory of Rev. Clemens,” Obert said. “I have the greatest respect for him and actually sang under him.”

Two commissioned works in Clemens’ memory were written by his son, James E. Clemens, and will be performed during the concert.

“In Bethlehem Tonight,” will be sung by the Young Corry Singers and “Alleluia, Sing Noel,” will be performed by the Festival Choir, Young Corry Singers, Festival Handbell Choir, instruments and congregation.

The Festival Choir, under the instruction of Obert, will be comprised of area church choir members and local singers.

Obert and Milly Keeler will direct the Young Corry Singers, which is made of elementary and middle-school-aged children.

The Festival Handbell Choir will be under the instruction of Norma Lloyd.

“It’s all local talent,” said Barb Kimmy, director of the Spring Creek Community Church choir and 27-year festival participant. “Corry is a blessed area.”

See the Journal's Monday, November 30th edition for full story.

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