HONESDALE - As the Wayne Choralaires begin rehearsals for their summer concerts, they are pleased to announce that Betsy Black has agreed to accept the director’s position. Patricia Spoor, who led the singing group for many years, has decided to retire, but is passing the baton into Betsy’s capable hands.

Betsy, who has sung with the group and directed two previous summer concerts, is a graduate of Baptist Bible College, where she majored in church music and studied keyboard, directing and various musical instruments. She has taught music and speech, led adult choirs, and directed the high school vocal ensemble at Canaan Christian Academy.

The Choralaires summer concert will celebrate America and will include  gospel, popular, and patriotic selections.  Among the offerings will be “Down by the Riverside,” “All I Ask of You,” “Ain’t-a That Good News” and Neil Diamond’s setting of “America.”

The Choralaires summer concerts are always a treat, and all singers are  invited to join. If you love to sing, can carry a tune, and enjoy making music with a congenial group, the Choralaires welcome you. There will be some solo opportunities. You do not need to be able to read music.

Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the Wesley Room of the Central United Methodist Church in Honesdale beginning April 4. Concerts will be Sunday, June 24, at B.V.M. Queen of Peace Church in Hawley, and Monday evening, June 25, in Central Park, Honesdale. For further information, call 570-253-2782.