Our hearts have been blessed with the sound of music for over 40 remarkable years!
In 1975, Lonny Strang, a Centennial District teacher and civic visionary saw a need to provide music for Warminster Township’s bicentennial celebration. He founded the Centennial Singers, a temporary chorus that became a lasting one of four decades duration and counting. Lonny led the Singers for 19 years, with his wife Nancy serving as pianist. From its inception, the chorus was dedicated to providing enjoyable music to the community and to welcome as members anyone and everyone who has a song in their heart. There were no auditions then or now. Our members have been remarkably loyal through the years, and we are proud that some original members of the group are still lifting their voices in song. We salute the Centennial School District, which has allowed us to rehearse every Tuesday evening at McDonald Elementary School since the very beginning.
In keeping with our mission, we decided to offer two free concerts every year. However, it wasn’t long before The Centennial Singers were in demand for performances at retirement centers, nursing homes, and private and public events. Among other venues, we have appeared at the Keswick Theater, Beaver College (Arcadia), the Michener Museum, and Walmart (for a flashmob happening). We sang at Warminster’s Memorial Day ceremonies for many years, and we continue to participate in the Southampton Fourth of July Parade to enthusiastic crowds.
In 2009, piano virtuoso Charles deMets became our accompanist. Prior accompanists have included Donna Smith, Nancy Strang, Velma Williams, Nancy Schmidt, and Joan Baranyi.
We are grateful to our dedicated Directors:
1975 Lonny Strang
1994 Peter deMets
1996 Lee deMets
1997 Peter deMets
2002 Carmen Amato
2012 Lisa Van Heldorf
2013 Nathaniel Fletcher
2015 Lee deMets
2016 Stacy Malachowski
We thank our audience for their support through the years.