Ogdensburg Pro Musica Chorus's 50th annual Christmas concert Monday
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:38 am

The Pro Musica chorus includes, from left, front Debbie Deloney, Mike Roach, Tom Douglas, Bob Staie, Frank Bondellio, Marty Gleeson, Joe Donaleski, Christine Bookman, Gerry Montroy, Kay Ramie; second row, Richard Patton, Mary Beth Demers, Barbara Hebert, Janis Brown, Kaylene Hill, Beth Leroux, Joan Merritt; third row, Sarah Hill, Rose Virkler, Sherin Cunningham, Anne Preston, Melissa Hill, Tessa Stanley, Gail Barr, Viviane Roach, Rita Lewis; and back row, Sue Barkley, Rhonda Roethel, Carol Womelsdorf, Kathy Calcagno, Mark Calcagno, Mike Rabideau, Barbara Spadaccini, Kim Cilley, Jane Fay, Marsha Snyder and Jeanette Rabideau. Photo by Jessie Sovie.

OGDENSBURG — Ogdensburg Pro Musica Chorus, will present its 50th annual Christmas concert Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., at The First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Ford and Franklin Streets.

The 40-member chorus, under the direction of Richard Patton, accompanied by Christine Bookman, will sing traditional and modern carols.

To highlight the evening, Pro Musica will be joined by a chorus of children from Madill and Kennedy Elementary Schools. The children are directed by Angela Dwyer and Sarah Hill.

The concert will feature "Underneath the Christmas Tree,” a song written by local poet and singer, Janis Brown, for her children. A donation of $5 or any offering is gratefully accepted toward the scholarships given to graduating students of five area high schools.

The choral group is celebrating its 50th year since its founding in 1967 by Mrs. Harold "Sally" Bibbens, organist and choir director of the Congregational Church with Mr. Ruel Gifford,organist and director of the Men and Boys Choir of St. John's Episcopal Church. The name chosen for the group was"Pro Musica" which means "for music.”

Community members who love to sing are invited to join Pro Musica. Auditions are not necessary.