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Emmaus HS group wins 'Bach-Appella'

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has announced the results of its "Bach-Appella Competition" in conjunction with the Bach Choir's presentation of The Swingle Singers in a Gala Concert-Fundraiser, 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Zoellner Arts Center.

The winning group is Emmaus High School's Fermata Nowhere, directed by Rita Cortez. The group will sing Van Morrison's "Moondance" during the second half of the Swingle Singers' concert.

The runners-up will be featured in a pre-concert performance, 7:40 p.m., Baker Hall. They are Moravian College Vocalis, under the direction of Paula Zerkle, singing "This Little Light of Mine" by Moses Hogan followed by the Lafayette College Chorduroys, directed by Tommy Munson, president of the Chorduroys, singing "Good Olde Acappella."

Judges for the competition included Greg Funfgeld, artistic director and conductor of The Bach Choir; Joy Ondra Hirokawa, D.M.A., founder and artistic director of the Bel Canto Children's Chorus and visiting professor of Music Education at Moravian College; Jennifer Kelly, D.M.A., director of Choral Activities and assistant professor of Music at Lafayette College; and Steven Sametz, the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music and director of Lehigh University Choral Arts, and artistic director for the a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers.

Members of the three winning groups receive free tickets to the Swingle Singers concert and are expected to meet the Swingle Singers during rehearsal on the day of the performance.