The Oceanside East Concert Chorus and Honors Choir will sing songs of hope, love and timeless change Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Reading Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

The Concert Chorus of Oceanside East is one of two choruses that rehearse regularly at the region's grades 10-12 school. These students have prior experience singing in a group and a desire to continue making music with others at the high school level. In Chorus class, students learn to improve their sound production through music of many styles and eras, both accompanied and a cappella. They learn the basics of music literacy and develop a vocabulary that enables them to share ideas and speak with understanding about the music they learn at school and enjoy on their own.

"My greatest joy as a teacher comes from the journey I share with these fine young people," said OHSE Music Teacher Susan Bragg. "The uncertainty of September is gradually replaced by confidence and musicianship, which you will hear in our December concerts. We laugh a lot, and learn to value one another as musicians and as people."

Singers from Concert Chorus who are auditioning for District 3 and All State comprise an honors choir, which also will perform at the concert. The music spans nearly a millennium, from 14th-century Germany to 21st-century America. Songs include “April Is In My Mistress’ Face” (circa 1580, Thomas Morley), “Peace on Earth” (1971, Carl Strommen), “Remember” (2002, Christina Rossetti and Stephen Chatman), “Keep Your Lamps,” (2007, traditional spiritual arranged by Victor C. Johnson), “You Are The New Day” (1992, John David) and “Sing With Joy (Personent Hodie)”  (traditional 14th-century German, arranged circa 1999). Accompanist will be Charles Brown, music director of the Nativity Lutheran Church.

This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Rockland Library, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or