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Elizabethtown College signs musical partnership with Wheatland Chorale

Elizabethtown College and The Wheatland Chorale plan to make beautiful music together in a new creative partnership announced this week.

Theodore E. Long, president of Elizabethtown College, and Stephen G. Welz, chair of the board of The Wheatland Chorale, signed a “Letter of Mutual Understanding” to bring Wheatland to the College as a resident artistic organization. Effective July 1, 2011, the partnership will expand artistic excellence for both organizations.

“I am delighted that the Wheatland Chorale has chosen Elizabethtown College to be its home,” said President Long.  “This outstanding choral ensemble will certainly enrich the musical offerings for students and the general public at Elizabethtown.  We look forward to many years of productive partnership to showcase great choral music in this region.”

Established in 1987, The Wheatland Chorale—taking its name from the Wheatland Hills neighborhood of Lancaster, Pa., where founder Robert J. Upton was living—maintains a reputation as one of Pennsylvania’s premier choral ensembles. Chorale singers, selected through auditions, are volunteers from Lancaster and Berks counties and beyond.  

In the partnership, the chorale will develop and implement a plan to further enhance its artistic quality, increase its performances and geographic reach, and build on its reputation toward becoming the premier choral ensemble of this region.  The Chorale will present two or three performances each year in the Leffler Chapel and Performance Center on the Elizabethtown College campus, sometimes including the College’s Concert Choir or visiting ensembles.

“The Wheatland Chorale is pleased and excited to be joining with Elizabethtown College in a continuing commitment to provide great choral music to the region,” said Wheatland Board Chair Stephen Welz. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with an institution of such high caliber and reputation. The promise of our new partnership is immediately evident in a variety of ways, and the benefits to be realized by the college community, the chorale and the community, at large, will undoubtedly serve as the foundation of a long and mutually rewarding relationship.”    

In addition to providing space for the Chorale’s office and music library, Elizabethtown College will support the Chorale’s operating budget and will engage a consultant to assist the Chorale in its planning.  The College also will support and facilitate a partnership of the Chorale and Gretna Music, also affiliated with the College, and will provide professional fund-raising and marketing counsel to support Chorale efforts.

The partnership calls for one member of the Elizabethtown College campus community to serve on the Chorale board, ensuring a good working relationship. Elizabeth Braungard, executive director of Marketing and Communications will fill that role.


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