For more than 25 years, Highland has been known throughout Lancaster County for its choir and music ministry. Musical groups at Highland include:
- Chancel Choir (50 members) Director: Dr. Simon Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Choristers (Age 5 -Grade 5) Director: Dr. Simon Andrews
- Highland Orchestra Contact: Dr. Simon Andrews
- Highland Brass Contact: Dr. Simon Andrews
- Contemporary Service Music Coordinator - Interim Contemporary Music Coordinator: Josh Witmer
Organist - Jonathan Lefever
Highland's Dorothy Rose Smith Concert Series . Click HERE for information on this season's concerts.
Dorothy Rose Smith Concert Series
Saturday June 1, 7:00pm
Benjamin Britten War Requiem
On the night of November 14, 1940 the 14th century cathedral in Coventry, England was destroyed in a German bombing raid. When the new cathedral, built inside the ruins of the old one, was finally completed in 1962, the Dean and Chapter turned to Benjamin Britten, one of the most widely performed composers of the twentieth century, to write a work for its dedication and as a memorial not only to those who died in the bombing, but as a monument to 500 years of faith.
The resulting work was the War Requiem, which rapidly became hailed as one of the masterpieces of the 20th Century. In addition to the traditional text of the Latin Mass for the dead, Britten added poems by the English First World War poet Wilfred Owen that speak out against the horror of war and man's inhumanity to man. The work is therefore a passionate statement about how people who proclaim the Prince of Peace must both work towards a world without war and speak out on behalf of peace.
Our Chancel Choir will be joined by many guest singers, a large orchestra, chamber orchestra, three soloists and the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster. This work is rarely performed because of the number of performers, so our performance—one of only five in the whole of the United States this year—will be an unforgettable event. Co-sponsored by the Justice, Reconciliation and Peace Committee.