Friday, January 16, 2015

Chester Children's Chorus Performing at Governor Tom Wolf’s Inauguration Ceremony

 J. Hodgson

The Chester Children's Chorus has been selected to perform during Governor Tom Wolf’s inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, January 20. Forty students of the chorus will perform as one of three acts before the ceremony begins. They will also close the ceremony with “America, the Beautiful.”

“We received the invitation right before the holiday break,” remarks Kirsten Halker-Kratz, Executive Director. “It is an exciting way to start 2015.”

The chorus includes boys and girls 8 to 18 years old from the Chester Upland school district. Established in 1994 by founder and artistic director, Dr. John Alston, the chorus is a program at Swarthmore College and just celebrated its 20th anniversary. “The children appreciate that singing in the inauguration is an opportunity to show the governor and Pennsylvanians that Chester is filled with excellence, talent, and potential. In fact, they are so proud and excited that they happily agreed to be on the bus by 6:45 a.m. to make it to Harrisburg. They are going to surprise and impress a lot of folks,” stated Alston.

Darria Brooks is one of the students performing. A sophomore at Cardinal O'Hara School, Ms. Brooks commented, “It is a great honor and opportunity to sing at Governor Wolf's inauguration.  I am elated to take part in such an important event for Pennsylvania and am extremely proud to be a member of the Chester Children's Chorus."

The ceremony will be live-streamed at: For more information on the ceremony:

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