[Message From Celebration Singers]


We are overjoyed that you took time out of your busy schedule to attend this evening's performance of "Wonders of the Holidays". It's always nice to know we have your support — and we thank you for that.

While we're in the thanking stage, our deepest thanks go out to everyone who helped to make this concert season possible — the Board of Directors for their valuable time and effort, Tom — for his dedication, commitment and musical direction, Conrad — for his fine accompaniment, all adult members (especially the ones that continuously help out), the entire children's chorus, all committee members that helped behind the scenes, ushers, chaperones, ticket attendants, carpool drivers, parking lot attendants, and many others — you've all been instrumental in some way.

We're proud to report that our schedule has been quite booked. We performed at Watchung Stables on December 4th for the Union County Tree Lighting, and in Berkeley Heights on December 6th for their tree lighting as well. On Tuesday, December 15th we'll all be spreading cheer as we sing holiday carols throughout the halls of Overlook Hospital. The next few months are sure to remain busy as we start up rehearsals for our Spring concert and begin preparing for and publicizing our 60th year in providing musical entertainment for people in need. It is our hope to keep up this community service in the millennium, as we continue to give meaningful direction to the youth through our "tuition free" children's choral program.

Please accept our sincere wish for a harmonious holiday season.

Dennis Jenkins, President
Lori E. Theiss, Vice President


O Filii Et Filiae — Let All The Nations Praise The Lord
Celebrate Kwanzaa
Mi Zeh Y'maleil (Sephardic Chanukah Song)



Panis Angelicus
When I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Jingle Bell Swing



[Collage-Children's Chorus]

Batoto Yetu —(Our Children)
Betelehemu (Nigerian Carol)
Let There Be Peace on Earth




The above is a partial list of songs performed

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Director: Tom Pedas
Piano Accompanist: Conrad Erdt
Narrator: Cheryl Wallace
Percussion: Tony Capobianco
Assistant Directors: Kristen DiBella, Rick Marsden,
Children's Chorus Assistant Director: Kristen DiBella
Choreography: Carmelyn Marinaro, Tom Pedas
Costumes: Nina Miller, Carole Stelzer
Ad Journal/Publicity/Newsletter: Christopher Smith, Lori Theiss
Child/Parent Coordinators: Mary Beth Collier, Camille Widdows


President: Dennis Jenkins
Vice President: Lori Theiss
Treasurer: Ray D'Amato
Secretary: Carole Stelzer
Manager, Concert Staging: Rick Marsden
Manager, Concert Appearances: Carmelyn Marinaro
Manager, Publicity; Christopher Smith
Librarian: Maria Singer
Constitution/By-Laws: Ray D'Amato

Music Staff

Funding has been made in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

This program is also made possible in part by a 1998 Heart Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders (Daniel P. Sullivan, Chairman)


Tom Pedas, The Celebration Singers and Children's Chorus



Tom Pedas tpedas@aol.com