Mansfield University's Concert Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall

MANSFIELD, Pa. (18 NEWS) - - The Mansfield University Concert Choir is gearing up for an opportunity that most singers dream of. 

"One of my missions here at Mansfield, is to offer the opportunity to our Concert Choir to sing in great venues in the world," Director of Choral Activities, Peggy Dettwiler said.

Peggy Dettwiler runs the Concert Choir program at Mansfield University and has created a foundation for success in the vocal arts. She has taken her Concert Choir to some of the world's most extravagant venues, and next on the list, is New York City's iconic Carnegie Hall. 

"It's because I believe they need to be seen and heard outside of Tioga County," Dettwiler said. "But also, it inspires them to reach a level of excellence in their performance and music making and the reward is that, when they walk off the stage and they sang better then they ever thought they could."

"It's really rewarding to go to a school that has the small advantages to it and experience and everything, while still being able to go to these amazing places and perform in such amazing halls," Concert Choir Section Leader, Melissa Netzband said.

During her time at Mansfield, Melissa has had the opportunity to work intimately with Dettwiler, joining her on international trips and further developing her talents. 

"The amount of experience that I have gotten through this choir and through being under Dr. Dettwiler, it's just breathtaking," Netzband said. "I don't even know how else to explain it."

The Mansfield Concert Choir was just one of nine choirs invited to perform as part of the 'Performing Arts Educators' 11th Annual Invitational.'  The performance is on Saturday, January 14th, at 2 p.m. The event will be centered around Martin Luther King Day. 

"I chose a theme called 'Of War, Peace, and the Power of Music' to celebrate the work of Martin Luther King and his mission," Dettwiler said. "So, I think it will be a real celebration of something we need in the world right now."

The choir program still has tickets available for those interested in attending. You can reach them at (570) 662-4721.

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