The Penn Yan Community Chorus
Penn Yan, New York

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The Penn Yan Community Chorus is a group of people who love to sing! There are no auditions, and no requirements other than to come, have fun, sing your best, and enjoy fellowship with others who love to sing! The chorus normally presents a Spring and a Christmas concert, as well as a summer concert in the court house square. The chorus has also been invited to participate in special events such as the Christmas Concert at Carnegie Hall under the direction of John Rutter.


The Chorus is presently preparing for the 2015 Christmas Concert! The concert will include selections from Handel's Messiah, along with other Christmas selections. Rehearsals are being held at the First Baptist Church, Mondays at 7 PM. The concert will be held in the First Baptist Sanctuary on Sunday, December 6th at 2 PM. We thank the church for their hospitality through the years.

The 2013 Christmas Concert was Peg Patterson's last concert, ending 17 wonderful years under her direction. The Chorus has been very active during her leadership, and has continued to be the major contributor of choral music in Penn Yan. A highlight of this period was when Penn Yan Community Chorus members traveled far afield, being selected to perform in concerts at Carnage Hall under the direction of the well known British composer and director, John Rutter.

The following message was received from the chorus' founder, Dr. David M. Kellermeyer:
Greetings from Arizona! In one of your email messages, you relayed the information that the coming December 8 concert by the Community Chorus would be the final one conducted by Peg Patterson. Marian and I were indeed sorry to hear this news. Please convey our greetings to Peg and the members.

Through most of the more than 21 years we have been away from Penn Yan, we knew that the Community Chorus was in capable hands under Peg's leadership. The Chorus has been so fortunate in having her as its musical leader.

The Community Chorus was a very important part of our lives, and we cherish the memories of all the many members who so faithfully rehearsed and performed with the ensemble in our years in Penn Yan.

We wish the singers in the Chorus and the conductor well in the December 8 concert! Our very best wishes go to Peg and her husband! We appreciate the dedication Peg has given to the choral art and her dedication to those fortunate singers who have participated in recent years in the Community Chorus.


David Kellermeyer

Our Director

Jennifer Wood Kraemer began her tenure as Director of the Penn Yan Community Chorus in January 2014, following the retirement of long-time Director, Peg Patterson.

Jenn received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY, and her Master of Music Degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. She has her NYS Teacher Certification in K-12 Music Education.

Jenn has taught music classes and directed choral and band performances at Jasper-Troopsburg Jr./Sr. High School, Bath Haverling Central School District, and Penn Yan Elementary School. She is currently teaching general music at St. Michael School in Penn Yan, and directs their school chorus. She is also the Assistant Director of the Blue Regiment Marching Band at the Bath Central School District. Jenn plays flute and trombone with the Penn Yan Community Band as well as singing with the Community Chorus.

Jenn lives in Dundee with her husband who is a faculty member at the Penn Yan Academy. She is looking forward to the challenge of working with adults who love to sing with the Community Chorus and hopes to build their membership and organization in the years ahead.

The performance of choral music has a long history in Penn Yan. Up to the mid 1970s the choirs of Penn Yan area churches would on occasion join together to present a concert of sacred choral music. One such effort was on April 7, 1974 when the combined choirs were joined by Penn Yan Academy Chorus members to perform "The Seven Last Words of Christ" by Theodore Dubois. The Director was Dr. David M. Kellermeyer, Director of The Penn Yan Academy Chorus. There were 54 Chorus personnel, plus the Director and Organist.

The next year, Dr. Kellermeyer approached the Penn Yan Council of Churches expressing his desire for a much more ambitious effort - a performance of Handel's Messiah for the upcoming Christmas season. There followed much effort to secure Orchestra personnel, and to contact area churches and schools for singers. The grand result was a standing room only performance in Norton Chapel at Keuka College on December 7th, 1975. Messiah was performed by a 151 voice chorus, accompanied by a 25 piece orchestra. Represented in the performance personnel were 16 churches, along with students and faculty of Penn Yan, Dundee, and Hammondsport schools, as well as Keuka College. The enthusiasm generated by this event is considered to be the genesis of the Penn Yan Community Chorus which has held concerts every year since.

Dr. Kellermeyer conducted the Chorus until 1991, at which time he and his wife Marian moved to their retirement home in Arizona. Steve Uhl, also a Penn Yan music teacher, directed the chorus through the mid 1990s. After that, Ketrina Schedlin directed for a period of a couple of years. Peg Patterson assumed the duties in 1996, and continurd through 2013. Peg is a music teacher at the Penn Yan Elementary School, and has been very active in PYTCO, the Penn Yan Theater Company.

Concerts by the Chorus have been held at the Norton Chapel at Keuka College, the Penn Yan Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, and First Baptist Churches, and several outdoor sites including the Court House Square and the Yates County Fairgrounds. One concert was held in the middle of East Elm Street during the "TrolleyTown Festival".

The Chorus currently holds a Spring Concert and a Christmas Concert each year, as well as a performance for the "Concerts on the Court House Lawn" series each summer. Rehearsals are Mondays at 7:00 PM at the Penn Yan First Baptist church, starting around the first of October for the Christmas Concert, and the end of March or the first of April for the Spring Concert. All singers are welcome.

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 3:00 PM
Penn Yan First Baptist Church
Peg Patterson, Director
Lucinda Loomis, Pianist

"Christmas Through the Ages"

For the Beauty of the Earth (1980) - John Rutter

Crown Him King of King (1735) - J S Bach

Exultate Justi in Domino (c 1600)- da Viadana

All Mt Heart This Night Rejoices (2006) - Z. Randall Stoope

An American Christmas Poitrait (medley) - arr. Emerson

Glory Hallelujah to the Newborn King (spiritual)

Wassail Song - (from the middle ages) arr. R. Vaughan Williams

Through Open the Shutters (Madrigal, 2000) - Amy Fieldman Bernon

Lirum, Lirum - (1500's) Edited & arr. David Giardiniere

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (1892) - Tchaikovski, arr. Jeff Funk

Caroling Caroling (1954) - Alfred Burt, arr. Greg Gilpen

Halleluia Chorus (1742) - Handel

Et In Terra Pax (2011) - John Punfoy

Audience Sing-a-long of selected period carols were sung throughout concert.

Christmas CONCERT, 2010
The Penn Yan Community Chorus, Peg Patterson, Director
Held at the Penn Yan First Baptist Church, built in 1871

The Penn Yan Community Chorus, Peg Patterson, Director

The Penn Yan Community Chorus, Peg Patterson, Director

A Concert in the Courthouse Square. Seen in the background is
the First Baptist Church, location of concerts for many years.
Peg Patterson, Director ~ ~ Lucinda Loomis, Accompanist