Titusville’s Janet Zehner has been singing with Venango Chorus since 2009, after colleague Dr. William Fee suggested the group might be a good place for her to exercise her talented vocal cords.
“I really enjoy it. The fellow choristers are very welcoming and a lot of fun to sing with,” she said.
Zehner praises chorale director Beth Orris who brings people from varied backgrounds and levels of musical ability together into a chorus. "We really enjoy blending our voices together and it makes me happy to have the ‘surround sound’ of singing in a chorus."
She is no stranger to song. She sings in her church choir and the Berkshire Choral International in the summer. She also joins the choir for "Messiah" at the Barrow-Civic Theatre every other year.
Orris developed this year's holiday concert theme based on her daughter's experiences in Germany, where she hosted a family of Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-ravaged home. (You can read their story here.)
During recent rehearsals, Orris asked chorus members to write down answers to the question “what does going home mean to you?" and she picked a medley of songs that portray the idea of "home."
Zehner is right at home being a part of this collection of voices. “I can highly recommend Venango Chorus to people who enjoy singing in the tri-city area.”