Emmaus High School Women’s Chamber Choir
Rita Cortez, director
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
St. Canice’s Cathedral
Program scheduled to include
Sicut Cervus — Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Salmo 150 — Ernani Aguiar
Tota Pulchra Es — Maurice Durufle
Set Me As a Seal — Rene Clausen
I’m Gonna Wait on the Lord — Damon H. Dandridge
The Emmaus High School Women’s Choir is an auditioned choir comprised of girls in ninth through twelfth grades. They are one of six choral ensembles in a program that involves three hundred students.
The Women’s Choir focuses on singing a wide variety of repertoire from Renaissance to Twentieth-Century classical music. The girls perform regularly for the community in the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania. In April 2008, the Women’s Choir was one of only twenty groups selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Rita Cortez is currently in her eighth year as choral director at Emmaus High School, after teaching in public and private schools for over twenty-five years. She earned a B.A. and a B.Mus. from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, as well as a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Her groups have performed at Carnegie Hall and on international tours to Italy and Greece.