RIVERSIDE – The Community Singers not only enjoy making music together but they have a lot of fun too.
“I love being part of it,” said Shirley Wetzel of Riverside, and a member of the group since 1980. She’s also in charge of their music.
She said they have two excellent accompanists – Beverly Reich and Gail Garman - along with a fine director – John Collins III.
About 45 members of the singers will present their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. May 12 in St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 240 Sunbury Road. The theme will be “A Salute to American Composers.” The concert is free.
Pat Burlone, also of Riverside, assists Wetzel who serves as group librarian. “It’s wonderful,” Burlone said of the organization she has been a part of about five years.
Her husband, Nick Burlone, joined about a year after she did.
“I have made such friendships,” Pat Burlone said which includes Wetzel and Terri Chyko who is originally from New Jersey. “We have a lot of fun. Terri plays everything,” she said.
Singers’ treasurer Sandy Henrie, of Orangeville, has been a member at least 30 years. “I enjoy the music and I enjoy singing. Music is my outlet,” said Henrie, a Geisinger Medical Center nurse of 40 years.
Sister Maria Theresa, of Danville, joined in 1981. “I love singing,” said the sister who serves as a hospice volunteer.
Nancy Karchner, of Riverside, is serving her third year as president of the singers and has been a member for five years.
She got involved after Garman, her neighbor, asked her if she’d like to come to a rehearsal.
The singers present a free spring and a free holiday concert every year.
A collection taken at the concerts goes toward the purchase of music.
A member since about 1979, Garman also serves as president of the Danville Community Band which will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. May 15 in Trinity Lutheran Church, East Market Street, Danville.