Juniata College Concert Choir

The Juniata College Concert Choir will perform Wednesday at Christ our King Church in Bel Air. (October 18, 2013)

When the Juniata College Concert Choir takes the stage in Bel Air Wednesday, look for Jonathan Frieswyk, who graduated from Bel Air High School last year. Because he's 6 feet, 4 inches, he'll be on the back row.

"We love singing for people," he said. "I hope a lot of people come."

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, 10 Lexington Road in Bel Air. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

Professor of Music Russell Shelley, who directs the choir, described the program.


Sign up to receive our free daily email newsletter: Bel Air Today

"The music covers the Renaissance to the 21st century. It is music from several cultures and includes four or five different languages," he said.

Bel Air is the fourth of eight stops on the choir's tour, which travels through Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Local families host the choir's 50 members overnight after each concert. The afternoon before the concert here, the choir will visit Bel Air High School for a workshop with singers at the school who are under the direction of vocal music teacher Terri Matthews.

As a student at Bel Air High School, Frieswyk sang bass with their top singing group, the Counterpoints. He also appeared as Chad in "High School Musical" and as the captain in "Titanic," both Bel Air Drama Company productions.

He is studying biology at Juniata, where he was one of only four freshmen to be admitted to their prestigious Concert Choir. His brother, Nathan, who graduated in 2012, sang with the group all four years.

In June, the Concert Choir will travel to China to give a series of concerts.

"One reason I joined the choir is that they go international every year," Frieswyk said.