COSHOCTON — The Coshocton Community Choir recently awarded the 2019 Barbara Bachert Scholarship to Sarah Heading. Heading, the daughter of Tom and Caroline Heading, is a 2019 graduate of Coshocton High School. Her high school activities included marching band (field commander 1 year), concert band, jazz band, pep band, and chamber choir. In addition, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Theater Club.
Heading has been a member of the Coshocton Community Choir, Coshocton Youth Chorale, Coshocton Children’s Choir (Coshocton Singers) and The Cardinal Chorale, all under the direction of Charles R. Snyder. She has also been a member of numerous choirs at The Coshocton Presbyterian Church. She will be attending Muskingum University this fall majoring in music education.
This year the Coshocton Community Choir's Bachert Scholarship was presented in honor of Richard Johnston, professor emeritus of music at Capital University, and a teacher and longtime mentor of Charles R. Snyder. Johnston is a graduate of Capital University (BME) and Oberlin College (MME), and he did graduate work at Union Theological Seminary and the Ohio State University. He taught music at Mt. Gilead and Oberlin high schools, and then was a faculty member of Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. Johnston served as associate director of the Columbus Boychoir for two years, and in 1948 founded the Columbus Girlchoir, an ensemble he led for 22 years.
In 1950, he joined the Capital University of Music faculty, became minister of music at Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, and organized the Richard Johnston Choral Ensemble, a celebrated singing group in central Ohio. In addition to teaching voice and leading Capital’s Women’s Chorus and its select ensemble, the Capettes, he became professor of voice and served as head of Capital’s voice department for 10 years.
From 1971-81, he and his wife, Dee, owned and operated the Dell Restaurant in Columbus, famous for its singing waiters and waitresses. From 1992-2000 he was minister of music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grove City, Ohio. His choral works are published by Shawnee Press, Richmond Press, and E.C. Shirmer.
"Mr. Johnston dedicated his original composition, 'He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word' to the Coshocton Community Choir, and it was premiered at our 45th anniversary concert in 2016," said Snyder. "We salute Professor Johnston, and give thanks for the many lives he has touched through the gift of music."
The Coshocton Community Choir will begin rehearsals in September in preparation for their Christmas Festival Concert in December. For more information about the choirs or auditions, contact the choir office at 740-622-0554. You can also find the Coshocton Community Choir on Facebook, Instagram or visit their website at www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.