York Symphony Chorus
York Symphony Chorus (Submitted photo)

York Symphony Orchestra Chorus is getting its musical house in order for its 2013-14 concert season.

Randy Day has been elected to serve as interim conductor of the chorus for the season, the York Symphony Orchestra recently announced.

Day has been a violinist with the orchestra since 2001 and an accompanist for the chorus for the past four years.

Day, who has 38 years of choral experience, is minister of music at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hanover, where he conducts five choral ensembles, brass ensemble, orchestra and a children's music program.

He also teaches private lessons in piano, violin and voice, according to the orchestra's news release.

Day replaces Robert Hart Baker, who served as chorus conductor for close to a decade, according to Joe Dietrick, who sings bass with the chorus and serves as president of its board.

Baker also was conductor for the York Symphony Orchestra, which he served for 30 years. He is transitioning to the role of music director laureate.

Within the next year, the chorus will start a search for its own conductor, Dietrick said. The singing group, widely known as the York Symphony Chorus, has between 80 and 100 members, he said.

Accompanist: Jami Paules was selected to serve as interim accompanist for the York Symphony Chorus and Chamber Singers. She has been accompanying choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists for many years. She is a past accompanist for the York Symphony Chamber Singers, the orchestra said.


"Randy was the pianist for the chorus and Jamie was the assistant pianist, and we (promoted) her to his former spot after we moved him up," Dietrick said. "We kept it all in-house with the group to help provide some stability and continuity while we conduct our search."

Concert season: The York Symphony Chorus will begin its concert season with "A Singing Christmas Card" performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at First Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Market St. in York City.

The spring concert, "Joie de Vivre," will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Union Lutheran Church, 408 W. Market St. in the city. The concert focuses on the joy of living and humor, comedy and satire.

Seeking new singers

The York Symphony Chorus is looking for new singers for its 2013-14 season.

Auditions will be held in mid-September at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St. in York City.

Call Donna Snyder at (717) 428-1558 to obtain an application for audition and information about audition procedures.

To get information and tickets for chorus performances, call (717) 846-1111 or visit the group's website at www.yorksymphony.org.