PO Box 827 - York, Pennsylvania 17405
Since the first concert for York County's (PA) 250th Anniversary Celebration in 1999, the York County Honors Choirs have celebrated the county's rich diversity through the voices of its youth. The choir's great success during the supposed one-time performance inspired Director Randy Yoder and the Advisory Board to establish a permanent choir of students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades from the many school districts of York County. Now known as the York County Senior Honors Choir, this group of 100 singers has sung for President George H.W. Bush and PA Gov. Tom Ridge, performed in the United Nations, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Carnegie Hall in New York, Canterbury Cathedral and the York Minster in England, Washington National Cathedral, and at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
In 2002, Director Donna Knott founded the Junior Honors Choir, for students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. This Choir, 100 singers strong, has been selected to perform at the Naval Academy Chapel, the 2010 Eastern Division ACDA Conference in Philadelphia, PMEA and Pennsylvania ACDA Conferences, and invited to sing for the Music Education Department of Penn State University.
Today, both of these Choirs plus two smaller performance ensembles serve as choral ambassadors of York County, presenting up to 20 concerts annually. The 40-member Concorde Vocal Ensemble of the Senior Honors Choir was selected in a nationwide competition as one of two high school groups to perform in the National High School Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2011, performed at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Providence in 2012, and joined with the Deer Creek Chorale to perform Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" in 2013 and "The World Beloved-A Bluegrass Mass" in 2015. The 40-member Synergy Vocal Ensemble of the Junior Honors Choir has performed with the David Benoit Jazz Quartet and “Christmas with The Celts.”
Students audition each year for a position in the Choirs, and they consistently report that, in addition to the musical opportunities, the benefits of participating in the Honors Choirs have far exceeded their expectations. This unique collaboration with choral directors, private music instructors, and families from all over York County gives students the opportunity to share their talents with others who have the same love of music, higher level of dedication, and desire for excellence. As the students return to their home schools and neighborhoods, they serve as leaders and positive role models, and they develop an appreciation for community involvement that extends beyond their school years.
York County Honors Choirs Board of Directors
Peggy Davidson, Chair
Judy Simpson, Immediate Past Chair
Gayle Cluck, Vice Chair
Vickie Fazio, Secretary
Mary Anne Winkelman, Treasurer
Dr. Ronald Dyer
Marty Hodges, Emeritus
Bill Lytle, Donna Knott, Randy Yoder, ex officio
Beth Inkrote, Administrative Assistant
The Honors Choirs organization is maintained by a volunteer Board of Directors that is responsible for managing the choirs’ operations, fundraising, and marketing efforts. The Board meets bi-monthly. York County businesses, sponsors, and private patrons support the group financially.
The Honors Choirs administrative staff includes Bill Lytle, Executive Director and Beth Inkrote, Administrative Assistant. Together, they work to support the artistic staff and handle all the business of the choirs. The business office now resides at Asbury Church, 340 East Market Street, York.
Mailing address: PO Box 827, York, PA 17405
Usual office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
2018-19 Board Members
Sitting (L to R): Holly Kominsky, Mary Anne Winkelman, Elaine Fogdall,
Barbara Neiman, Donna Jones
Standing (L to R): Executive Director Bill Lytle, Kate Barclay, Mark Woodbury,
Senior Honors Choir Director Randy Yoder,
Chair Peggy Davidson, Judy Simpson, Nathan Eifert,
Junior Honors Choir Director Donna Knott
Absent from photo: Gayle Cluck, Gretchen Dekker, Dr. Ronald Dyer, Vickie Fazio