County Festival Honor Choir performs this weekend
For release February 23,
GREENVILLE, Pa. - The third annual Mercer County Festival
Honor Choir concert will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the William A. Passavant Memorial Center, Thiel College, Greenville.
Conducted by Dr. Michael R. Bray, director of choirs and associate professor of music at Thiel, this year's two-day
festival will feature 140 high school students from Mercer County.
Each Mercer County high school choir director was given the opportunity to choose as many as 16 singers to participate
in the festival which begins on Friday. Rehearsals for Saturday's concert begin at 9 a.m. each
"While only a few students from each school are chosen
for district and regional choir festivals, the county festival allows a greater number of students to experience
new literature and a new conductor in a mass
choir setting," said Bray.
Featured on the festival program will be works by Handel,
Bach, Rutter and spirituals by Williams Dawson and Mark Hayes.
The accompanist will be Kathryn A. Gray, adjunct professor
of music at Thiel.
The Mercer County High School Choir will perform again in
conjunction with the 2000 Mercer County bicentennial celebration on May 21 at Sharon High School stadium, Sharon.
Saturday's concert is free and open to the public.
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to speak at Thiel February 24
For release February 17,
GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Thiel College Center for Women's Leadership
will host speaker Camille Cooper at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24 in the college's Bly Lecture Hall.
Cooper, an actress and mother, will present "Discovering the Truth: How the Media Portray the Perfect American
Girl," which discusses how distorted media images of women undermine young girls' self-esteem. Through the
use of before-and-after slides, she will illustrate the prevalence of photo retouching and the use of lighting
and camera filters to make girls and women appear flawless and, in some cases, thinner.
Cooper has worked professionally in film and television for the past 10
years. She has starred in five motion pictures and more than 10
television series, including "General Hospital" and "Knots Landing."
Cooper has been interviewed and photographed for such publications as Premiere, Interview, Egg and The New York
Times, and has appeared on the cover of Working Mother. She has co-chaired The Committee for the
Empowerment of Young Women since 1994.
Cooper has lectured across the country, educating and encouraging young women to question what they see, to define
themselves by their abilities and their dreams and to take action to promote positive change.
The Thiel College Center for Women's Leadership, a living-learning program for Thiel women students, was founded
during the fall of 1997.
The goal of the center is to better prepare Thiel women students for leadership roles in government, business,
research and medicine. Program objectives include strengthening women students' participation in the
sciences, encouraging enrollment in professional and graduate school programs, increasing participation in cooperative
education and internship placements and increasing participation in international
exchange and study-abroad opportunities.
The event is free and open to the public.
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