December Starts Right With Winterfest Of Music

The Warren County Community Singers will kick off their 25th year with their annual Winterfest of Music with two dates: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.

The Saturday concert is at Grace Lutheran Church, 300 Roseberry Street, Phillipsburg, and the Sunday concert is at the long-time concert venue of the Singers, the First Presbyterian Church, 40 East Church Street, Washington. Both venues are wheelchair accessible and have ample parking.

The Singers will be joined by the Children’s Chorus of Warren County which began several years after the WCCS began.

The music offered this year ranges from a unique version of the famous Bell Carol through a medley from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to an Ella Fitzgerald standard “Hotta Chocolatta.”

Hunter Chadeayne, music teacher and music director at the United Methodist Church of Belvidere, directs the Singers. Ann Hoyt, music director of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Belvidere, who started with the Singers 25 years ago, continues as associate director/accompanist. The children’s chorus is under the direction of Mariah Adams, and the children’s accompanist is Laura Rader. Megan Thomas and other parents of children’s chorus members assist.

The Community Singers are a non-audition group made up of about 60 singers from high school age to senior citizens. They come from all over the county and beyond. The new semester starts in early January. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington.

The concert is free, but a good-will offering will be taken. Part of that money will be used toward the annual Warren County music scholarship. The singers are funded in part through the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission. For more information about the group visit

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