Medina choir continues holiday tradition

Contributed Story Posted 8 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos courtesy of Chris Busch
MEDINA – The Medina High School A’Cappella Choir performed Sunday night to a capacity crowd of 650 people at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The choir performs a variety of music – both sacred and secular genres. Choir Director Lisa Roeseler leads the group.

A big crowd turns out each year for the concert, with some showing up two hours early to get a seat at the church. The concert used to be held at the Presbyterian Church but was moved to St. Mary’s where there are more seats.

As tradition each year, the choir processes in singing “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and processes out singing “Silent Night.”

Lisa Roeseler is the choral director, Music Theory instructor and the Music Skills teacher at Medina High School. The choral groups she directs include A’Cappella Choir, Mixed Chorus and the A’Cappella Select Ensemble. Lisa gives instruction in Music Theory 1, Music Theory 2 and AP Music Theory.

The Medina High School A’Cappella Choir has been a much beloved tradition for about a half century. The ensemble was begun under the direction of Eastman graduate Robert Conner. The ensemble quickly gained a regional reputation for excellence receiving many accolades. Conner, the man who started the tradition, attended Sunday’s concert and received an ovation.