Bath Rotary Club enjoys Christmas concert

Staff reports
The Bath Rotary Club was entertained at its recent luncheon meeting by the Haverling Chamber Choir.

The Bath Rotary Club was joyously entertained at its recent luncheon meeting by the Haverling Chamber Choir.  The choir is a select ensemble comprised of 9 – 12 grade students at the local school who are selected through a competitive audition.  In the group there are thirty-two singers and a student accompanist under the direction of Neil J. Bryson, Director of Music and teacher of 9 – 12 vocal music and 5 – 6 chorus for the Bath Central School District.  The group performs at four regularly scheduled concerts a year at Haverling High School and also at various community functions throughout the year.  Many of the students in this ensemble have been selected for various honor choirs, sponsored by the Steuben County Music Teachers’ Association and the New York State School Music Association.

In addition to familiar Christmas carols the choir also sang “We Are the World”, a song and charity single with lyrics by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985.  At the end of the selection Bryson remarked that many of the members themselves also give of their time to perform community service projects throughout the year.

At the end of the performance Becky Stranges, local Rotarian responsible for the club’s programs for the month of December, thanked the choir for filling the room with the songs of the season and remarked how pleased all Rotarians present were to hear about the students’ community service since Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Bath Rotary Club meets every Thursday at noon at the Bath Country Club.