Members of the autumn choral concert

Members of Choir, Too and the Children’s Concert Choir (above) will sing during the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs’ Autumn Chorale this Sunday, Oct. 6.

The Autumn Chorale concert, featuring the 50 members of the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs, is this Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Pearl and Charles Streets, across from The Green in Wellsboro.

Julie Schlosser is the director of the Young Women’s Choir, grades 9-12. Thomas Putnam directs both the Young Men’s Choir, grades 9-12 and the Children’s Concert Choir, grades 5-8. Director of Choir, Too, grades 2-4 is Cheryl Hein Walters. Parker Neal is the accompanist for all four choirs. The involved fifth through 12th grade singers represent four school districts, Northern Tioga, Southern Tioga and Wellsboro Area in Tioga County and Galeton in Potter County.

Selections to be performed by the four choirs reflect this year’s theme, which is based on an Ancient Rune: “The sky above me. The Earth below me. Fire within.” “Through song we are exploring the earth and our responsibility in caring for it,” Putnam said. “This includes the ground we stand on, the air we breathe and the skies above.”

The Young Men and Youth Women’s choirs will open the program with “Emerald Stream” by Seth Houston. Its message is environmental stewardship.

Among the other songs to be sung will be “Stars I Shall Find” by the Young Men’s Choir; “Path to the Moon” and the unique “Four Grassi Lakes Seasons” by the Children’s Concert Choir; and “For the Beauty of the Earth” by the Young Women’s Choir.

All four choirs will join in singing “You Are Mine” with words and music by David Haas and “Fun with Fruit” by John Hoffacker. They will conclude the program with the rousing “Let the River Run” with words and music by Carly Simon.

This concert is the kickoff for the choirs’ annual Poinsettia Sale. The poinsettias are red and come in two sizes, a six-inch pot for $15 and a seven-inch pot for $20. The sale will end on Friday, Nov. 22 and the poinsettias will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Audience members can pick up a poinsettia order form this Sunday, Oct. 6 when purchasing concert tickets at St. Paul’s. Or, people can place an order by calling the Hamilton-Gibson office at 570-724-2079 or sending an email to hamgib@gmail.com, Attention Tara Gordon.

The person ordering is asked to provide his or her name, phone number and email address, and send a check with “Poinsettia” on the check memo line for the total amount of the order to the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs, 29 Water Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

Proceeds will go toward offsetting costs for the choirs’ annual four-day spring performance trip, April 30 through May 3, 2020.

Families whose children are considering joining the choirs will be admitted to this concert free. For more information about the concert or joining the choral program, call the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.