May 3, 2019 7:30 pm

40th Anniversary Spring 2019 Concerts

Concerts are scheduled for Friday, May 3rd at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, and Saturday, May 4th at the Duanesburg Reformed Presbyterian Church. Both concerts begin at 7:30 pm.

The theme for this concert cycle is We Shall Overcome – Songs of Hope and Freedom. Included are a collection of pop songs (“Lean on Me”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”), freedom songs (“Tshosholoza”, “Oh Yini”), prayers (“We Shall Overcome”, “Prayer of the Children”), and uplifting songs about the goodness of humankind (“Turn the World Around”, “Shine the Light”). Each of the 14 songs that are programmed for this concert have one thing in common: the message that, no matter what it is that tries to hold us down, we will triumph over it.

The Schoharie Valley Singers were originally founded as The Depot Lane Singers by the late Frances B. Tripp, a former Schoharie High School music teacher. Tripp founded the Depot Lane Singers in September of 1979, after her retirement from active teaching. In 2005, direction of the group was passed to Mitch Haverly, a retired music teacher from Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School. Earlier this year, the Depot Lane Singers were renamed as the Schoharie Valley Singers and incorporated as an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. At that time, Middleburgh Jr./Sr. High School music teacher Benjamin April was named as the third director of the Singers.

Anyone wishing for more information can contact the group at or follow on Facebook as the Schoharie Valley Singers.


These programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered through the Community Arts Grant Fund in Schoharie County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.