Rejoice! It’s time for Christmas with the Wayne Choralaires. The group’s always-popular Christmas concerts will take place in Hawley, Carbondale, and Honesdale.


Rejoice! It’s time for Christmas with the Wayne Choralaires. The group’s always-popular Christmas concerts will take place in Hawley, Carbondale, and Honesdale.

This year’s program is called “Christmas Time Is Here!” It has the Choralaires’ distinctive mixture of music old and new, sacred and secular, under the direction of Patricia Spoor. There is always something to please everybody at a Choralaires concert.

The concert begins with a traditional English song, “Here We Come A-Caroling,” followed by a medley of  popular tunes, including “Christmas Time Is Here,” “The Christmas Waltz,” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Other highlights include the exquisite “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” from the Brahms requiem, the traditional “O Holy Night,” and the playful “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Six singers will contribute solos in different songs.  “Christmas Time Is Here” will feature Leah Sweighofer. Debbie Dailey will be the soloist in a jazzy version of the popular “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Valerie Hyduchak and Kevin Palan will sing in “Home for the Holidays,” Melanie Hansen will be the soloist for the gospel spiritual “Mary, Did You Know?” and Rebecca Rowe will be the soloist in “Gloria in Excelsis,” a song that juxtaposes contemporary harmonies and a hymn written by Martin Luther.

The Choralaires announced that Martha Heinly has returned as assistant director and accompanist for this concert. Heinly, a recent graduate of  Millersville University and a Honesdale native, has worked with the Choralaires in past concerts. This fall she assumed her new position as the choral director at Honesdale High School.

As at past Choralaires concerts, a variety of local talent will be on hand to perform during the concert and at intermission. During the Honesdale and Hawley concerts, a flute trio made up of Betty Ann Robson, Kim Martin, and Kelly Theobald will offer a number of selections. At intermission at all concerts, the Choralaires are delighted to welcome the popular Northeasters Barbershop Chorus, who will perform an assortment of Christmas songs.

Concerts will be Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 pm at B.V.M. Queen of Peace Church, Church and Chestnut Streets, Hawley; Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm at St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale; and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Honesdale Presbyterian Church, 10th and Church Streets, Honesdale.

Choralaires concerts are designed to appeal to people of all ages and reflect a wide range of musical styles. Admission is free, but free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted to help defray the costs of music.