On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Chorale opened its 45th season at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with new Conductor, Clelyn Chapin. Journeys featured traditional and contemporary classics. Soloists shared their own stories through popular songs and folk melodies.
The program was broken into four different segments; imagining, preparing, traveling, and arrival. "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal" opened the concert with solos by Don Sanderson and Heather Scharer. Imagining also featured "The Pasture" and "Esta Tierra".
Preparing featured "If I got My Ticket Can I ride", with soloist Adam DeBacker, "Follow the Drunken Gourd" with soloists Heather Scharer and Anne Schmitt. "Walk in Jerusalem" was performed followed by a reading by Ned Wyse of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. "The Vagabond" was performed by Adam DeBacker, and Cindy Merritt performed "Poor Wandering One". Preparing ended with "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" with solos by Laura Leutheuser, Anne Schmitt, and Chloe Tritchka-Stutchell.
Traveling featured "The Boy Who Picked Up His Feet to Fly" by Joshua Shank followed Ian DeBacker's reading his very own poem, Moonboy. "That Lonesome Road" was performed, followed by "The Road Home" with soloist Ellie Tucker. Brietta Allen, Heather Scharer, and Makayla Eppel closed Traveling with "Long Time Trav'ler".
Arrival opened with a traditional African Folk Song, "Ndiyende Njirayi". Michael Blanchard performed "Traveler/Country Roads". "Unclouded Day" was performed with soloist Chloe Tritchka-Stuchell. "Let the River Run" ended the program.
The Chorale performs their anticipated Christmas program, Cocoa & Carols, December 16, 2017, at 7 PM, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church - 2551 W. Bacon Rd. in Hillsdale. Tickets are $10 at the door. Under 18 free with an adult. Season tickets are still available for $30 or $25 ages 60+.