The Southern Delaware Chorale was joined by members of local high school choral groups in this concert. Cape Henlopen High School (under the direction of Miriam Sunnergren) and Sussex Technical High School (under the direction of Sarah Rose) sang their own sets of music and joined the SDC in the well-known 4th movement of the Brahms, “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place.”
SDC members look forward to collaborating with local high school singers and have a long history of supporting choral singing opportunities in the community. Other recent collaborations include the December 2016 SDC performance of Benjamin Britten’s St. Nicolas Cantata with the Young Nicolas treble solo and the Pickled Boys trio sung by 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade students from The Jefferson School in Georgetown. Students from Sussex Technical High School provided the alto/soprano small chorus for the shipwreck scene. In May 2016, the Southern Delaware Chorale presented Americana – A Patchwork of Songs with the participation of choral ensembles from Sussex Central High School under the direction of Ben Ables and Sussex Technical High School under the direction of Sarah Rose.
Many of the students who collaborate in SDC programs also join the Chorale for its traditional Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along held every December. SDC is always on the lookout for additional ways to engage with and support youth choral programs in Sussex and Kent Counties. Members agree that this outreach effort enriches the quality of its rehearsals and performances, as well as providing valuable exposure for students who are able to sing repertoire not possible in their school programs alongside more experienced adult singers.