2019–2020 Season

The New Holland Band: Great Hymns and Songs of the Faith!

Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 7:00 PM

Area music lovers know and love the New Holland Band, and we are thrilled to welcome them to our Sanctuary on Saturday, July 20th at 7:00 pm, for a special program entitled Great Hymns and Songs of the Faith!  Under the direction of Dr. Ken Laudermilch, the New Holland Band is the second-oldest municipal band in the nation, tracing its founding to 1829. Members who attended the Sanctuary service on Easter Sunday will remember Dr. Laudermilch’s artistry on the trumpet as well!

Musical Associates: A Chamber Chorus in Lancaster, PA 

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 7:00 PM

On Saturday, August 24, at 7:00 p.m., the Sanctuary will be filled with the joyous sound of Musical Associates: A Chamber Chorus in Lancaster! Under the direction of Emery DeWitt, this summer-only chorus has brought the finest in choral music to our region since 2003. This summer’s series is entitled Summer Sun!, and it features several compositions in the jazz choral style, along with fine traditional compositions by several composers, including noted Brethren composer Shawn Kirchner.

The centerpiece of the concert is John Rutter’s Birthday Madrigals, a five-movement set of jazz-inspired compositions written in honor of pianist George Shearing’s 75th birthday. Accompanying the group will be Mary Ellen DeWitt on piano, David Sheaffer on bass, and Clem Lichty on drums.

The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at 7:00 PM

On Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 pm, the Starlight Tea Concert Series will enthusiastically welcome the return of The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers! Under the direction of Dr. Anthony T. Leach, the group performs sacred and secular music from the African and African-American choral traditions. Founded in 2005, EOJAS is composed of alumni of the Essence of Joy Choir of The Pennsylvania State University, and has performed extensively in the US and abroad. The group released its first CD, Joy, in July 2011.

EOJAS’ mission is to learn, present, and promote African and African-American sacred and secular music in an effort to entertain, inspire, affirm and unify the worldwide community. As with all Starlight Tea concerts, admission is free, with a free-will offering taken. Plan to stay for the Tea afterward to meet these dynamic young singers and express your appreciation!


Apollo Chamber Players and Ken Osowski, piano

Members of the Apollo Chamber Players Matthew Detrick, Anabel Ramirez, Whitney Bullock, Matthew Dudzik

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at 3:00 PM

Houston, Texas based Apollo Chamber Players “performs with rhythmic flair and virtuosity” (The Strad) and has “found fruitful territory” (Houston Chronicle) through innovative, globally- inspired programming and multicultural new music commissions. Recent winner of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Residency Partnership award, the quartet has performed for sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall twice in the past five years, and it holds the distinction of being the first American chamber ensemble to record and perform in Cuba since the embargo relaxation. Apollo is featured frequently on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program Performance Today.

Starlight Tea Epiphany Concert

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at 7:00 PM &
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM

LCOB’s annual Starlight Tea Epiphany Concert returns as one of our most-beloved traditions! Each year, the Chancel Choir, the Carillon Bell Choir, soloists and instrumentalists join to take one more look at the music of Advent, Christmas and beyond. We will welcome some special guest instrumentalists as well: the Lancaster Brass Quintet, percussionist Rich Klimowicz, and flutist C. J. Flint.

The centerpiece of the program will be a newly composed setting of Gloria by renowned American composer Daniel Gawthrop. Also featured will be a new setting of the Magnificat by Arlen Clarke, as well as several beloved carols of the season. Brethren composer Shawn Kirchner’s One Sweet Little Baby will close the concert.

Simple Gifts (Celtic/Folk Duo)

Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style. Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, these women play an amazing array of instruments. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon switch with ease among fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, guitjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion.

Simple Gifts is frequently complimented on their stage presence, which is warm, personal, and accented with humor. These women deliver their music with rare intensity and contagious enthusiasm. It’s obvious that Simple Gifts loves the music they play and knows how to share their excitement with the audience. This is an act not to be missed!

Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster

Saturday, Apr. 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM

The mission of the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster is “training children and youth to glorify Jesus Christ through excellent choral singing.” Since its formation in 1998, the program has grown to include auditioned and non-auditioned choral opportunities for over 150 children and youth in kindergarten through grade 12. The singers represent a variety of churches, schools, and communities across Lancaster, Lebanon, and Chester counties. They gather on Tuesday evenings from August through May to participate in rigorous classes and rehearsals to prepare for sharing times and a Christmas and spring concert series.

In addition to the bi-annual concert series, the choirs collaborate with other arts organizations, participate in benefit concerts, and share music with schools and other community organizations. Annual summer tours have provided opportunities for national (over 15 states) and international (Canada, Germany, Albania, Bulgaria, Indonesia) travel and ministry.