Singing Dutchmen of St. Mary's

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     The year 2002 marks the 38th anniversary for The Singing Dutchmen. The group was formed by Gloria V. Anderson and a core group of men from the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Choir of St. Mary's, Pennsylvania. The Dutchmen average 20 performances per year singing for church benefits, nursing homes, and civic and social functions. Members come from a three county area in North Central Pennsylvania, which includes the towns of Emporium, Johnsonburg, Kane, Ridgway and St. Mary's. The Dutchmen have performed on local TV programs and also on the Penn State channel. Since joining the Associated Male Choruses of America in 1972, they have appeared at Big Sings in St. Paul, Minnesota, Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, as well as cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

     Each year the Dutchmen award a music scholarship in honor of their former director, Gloria V. Anderson. The award is presented to a high school senior planning to continue his or her education in music performance or music education. To support the scholarship the Dutchmen present a spring concert with invited school and church choirs from the three county area. Mr. Edwin Schwer is the director for The Singing Dutchmen and is the band director for the St. Mary's Area Middle School. Ed has been directing The Dutchmen for 15 years.

     Mrs. Gladys Schultz is the accompanist for The Dutchmen. Mrs. Schultz is the organist at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church and also accompanies the Community Chorus in Emporium, Pennsylvania. Gladys has been "tickling the ivories" with The Singing Dutchmen for 27 years.

Info from Doug Farley - 4 Dec 2002

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