For more than 25 years, Highland has been known throughout Lancaster County for its choir and music ministry. Dorothy Rose Smith was Director of Music at Highland from 1976-2005. During this time, she was also Artistic Director of the Lancaster Opera Workshop (now Opera Lancaster) and conductor of the Lancaster Symphony Chorus. Her tenure at Highland saw the establishment of a vibrant choral and instrumental program, which included the installation of our magnificent Wicks hybrid organ in 1998. Upon her retirement, the concert series established for the organ was renamed in her honor, and each year the series opens with an organ recital.
2016-17 Concert Series
Saturday, June 3, 2017 ~ 7 p.m. Highland Chancel Choir “Brahms Requiem – A Celebration of Life
In recent years, the traditional end of season concerts by Highland Chancel Choir and orchestra have been major cultural events. Augmented with singers from other churches and the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, accompanied by the best area instrumental players and nationally known soloists, audiences have been thrilled by critically acclaimed performances of some of the most popular works in the choral literature.
Highland Musical Groups
– Chancel Choir (50 members) Director: Kevin Estes, Director of Music & Organist
– Choristers (Age 5 -Grade 5) Director: Kevin Estes, Director of Music
– Highland Orchestra Contact: Kevin Estes, Director of Music
– Highland Brass Contact: Kevin Estes, Director of Music
– Highland Chancel Bells Choir: Dr. Daniel Droz, Bell Choir Director
– Contemporary Service Music: Josh Witmer, Contemporary Music Leader
Kevin Estes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Witmer: email@example.com
Daniel Droz: firstname.lastname@example.org
This beautiful instrument was given in memory of Morris A. Stoltzfus by the Stoltzfus family to the glory of God, to produce joyful music in our sanctuary for the inspiration of present and future generations. We hope that its voice will speak not only to our parishioners in worship services, but also to the community at large in special concerts.
The Wicks 3-manual pipe/digital organ has 41 ranks of pipes — 2116 pipes, to be exact — and 37 digital ranks, entirely housed in the former choir loft and a small adjoining room which previously housed speakers. The console and facade are constructed of solid oak, as are the suspended Celtic cross — a gift, the pulpit, the floor of the chancel platform, and all other visible wooden structures.