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Lauren Scharf Named JHS Choir Director

The Jamestown Board of Education appointed Lauren Scharf as the new Jamestown High School Choral Director, which includes the JHS A Cappella Choir, at Tuesday’s meeting. Ms. Scharf is only the fifth A Cappella Choir director in its 96-year history. Ms. Scharf takes the reins from Norman Lydell, who led the A Cappella Choir since the fall of 2003 following the retirement of Brian Bogey who served from 1982-2003. Donald Bube led the choir from 1958-1981 and Ebba Goranson, A Cappella founder, was the first director in 1924.

“I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of Choral Director at Jamestown High School,” said Ms. Scharf. “My passion has always been working with students and watching them grow, both as musicians and as individuals. I will now get to do that on a daily basis, which is really exciting. I am thankful to those who came before me who developed and maintained a program of such prestige. I look forward to upholding this legacy as we negotiate the challenges ahead."

Ms. Scharf was most recently the Persell Middle School 5-8 general music/choral music teacher. She has also been the JHS Musical Director since 2017 and the JHS Musical Vocal Director in 2015-2016. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and her Master of Music from the Fredonia School of Music at SUNY Fredonia.

“Jamestown High School is extremely happy to have Ms. Scharf with us to take over the A Cappella program,” said JHS Principal Dana Williams. “Taking over for Mr. Lydell is a big task, but we know she’ll do a tremendous job.”

The 80-voice JHS A Cappella Choir features smaller ensembles, including the Madrigal Singers, Men of Tomorrow and Ladies of Today. The A Cappella Choir is known as the “Choir of Cathedrals.” With performances at the National Shrine Basilica in Washington, D.C; New York City’s famed Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church; St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna, (home of the Vienna Boys Choir); the Basilica in Innsbrook; the Cathedral in Salzburg; England’s Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral. The choir has participated in master classes at Harvard University, North Park University and the University of Maryland. The choir has performed at professional sporting events and historical sites, including the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, the Holocaust Museum, the Kennedy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, and Fort McHenry. In December of 2009, the Madrigal Singers performed with recording artist Kenny Rogers. In 2014 and 2019, the A Cappella Choir performed at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.