All State Choir Memorial Ceremony

2008 KCEA All-State Choir
singing at the
Memorial Ceremony
Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll

For weeks, the students worked diligently at their music in anticipation of the All-State Choir seminar and concert in Harrisburg. Their repertoire included historic works by Vivaldi and Mendelssohn and nine more recent works.  This year, however, these high school students received an unexpected announcement shortly before the event — they would also be singing at the Memorial Ceremony for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

As stated by the Choir coordinator, Rev. Theodore Clater, “It was a real honor for each of the 150 singers in this year’s Choir to sing four choral works at the Ceremony as requested by the family and officials of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I am confident that the students sincerely desire that their singing brought comfort and hope to all of those in attendance and to the large audience that witnessed the Ceremony through cable and the internet.”

To see a copy of the printed program from the Memorial Ceremony, click here (pdf).

“I was contacted on Monday afternoon,” commented guest clinician and conductor Dr. Russell Shelley, a professor of choral and vocal studies at Juniata College [Huntingdon]. “Through conversations between state officials, Choir leaders, and myself, it was determined that songs planned for our repertoire would be fitting for this very special and memorable occasion. These titles were ‘This Is My Word’ by Pepper Choplin, ‘Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All’ by Larry Shackley, and ‘Be Thou My Vision’ arranged by Dan Forrest.  We were also asked to sing an arrangement of the song, ‘Blessed Assurance,’ at the request of the family.”

KCEA views the annual All-State Choir event as one of the key components of its program. The Association offers various activities to help students prepare themselves for the future. It encourages students to develop Christian character and to achieve academically. Athletic competitions in volleyball, soccer, and basketball, as well as Bible Quizzing and Festivals in Bible, academics, and fine arts, are a major part of the activities provided students in KCEA-affiliated schools.

Pictures from the Memorial Ceremony

Dr. Shelley reminds the Choir of how to properly sing passages of the music
while warming up in the Auditorium of the Pennyslvania State Museum.


Dr. Shelley gives the Choir some final instructions in the “staging area”
in the East Wing of the Capitol.


The Choir remained seated in their positions in the Capitol Rotunda
from 11:15 until singing at 12:15.


The 2008 KCEA All-State Choir singing at the
Memorial Ceremony for Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.


Memorial Ceremony Speakers: (left to right)
Lt. Gov. Joseph Scarnati, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Hon. Marjorie Rendell, Gov. Edward Rendell


Governor Rendell speaking at the Memorial Ceremony


Senator Hillary Clinton speaking at the Memorial Ceremony


Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll lying in repose in the Capitol Rotunda