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            IN THE NORTHEASTERN CORRIDOR OF PENNSYLVANIA'S SCENIC BRADFORD COUNTY, JUST SOUTH OF THE NEW YORK STATE BORDER;  THE HISTORIC VILLAGES OF ATHENS, SAYRE, AND south waverly, PENNSYLVANIA AND WAVERLY, NEW YORK LIE PEACEFULLY NESTLED BETWEEN THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER TO OUR EAST, AND THE CHEMUNG RIVER TO OUR WEST.  THESE FOUR CONTIGUOUS COMMUNITIES MAKE UP THE GREATER VALLEY AREA.

           GENTLY FLOWING BENEATH THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE RIDGE ENDLESS MOUNTAINS WHICH SURROUND OUR PICTURESQUE VALLEY; THE CHEMUNG AND SUSQUEHANNA RIVERS EVENTUALLY MERGE AT HISTORIC TIOGA POINT JUST SOUTH OF ATHENS AND BECOME THE MIGHTY SUSQUEHANNA RIVER.   THIS  BEAUTIFUL AREA OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA IS AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS  "THE VALLEY"; HENCE THE NAME OF OUR MUSICAL ORGANIZATION, "THE VALLEY CHORUS".

           SAYRE, PENNSYLVANIA IS RICH IN RAILROAD HISTORY AND OWES IT'S VERY EXISTENCE TO THE LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD. THE RAILROAD YARDS IN SAYRE PROUDLY SERVED AS A MAJOR BUILDING FACILITY AND REPAIR SHOP FOR STEAM LOCOMOTIVES AND ROLLING STOCK OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD.   OUR 1881 LEHIGH VALLEY TRAIN STATION IN SAYRE WAS RECENTLY RESTORED AND NOW SERVES AS A SHOWCASE HISTORICAL MUSEUM DETAILING THE ROLE THE L.V.R.R. PLAYED IN OUR COMMUNITY.  TODAY, THE ROBERT PACKER HOSPITAL AND GUTHRIE CLINIC CAMPUS IN SAYRE SERVES AS ONE OF THIS AREAS MAJOR LEADING MEDICAL CENTERS.

          FORMERLY KNOWN AS TIOGA; ATHENS, PENNSYLVANIA IS EQUALLY RICH IN HISTORY.   THE FAMOUS AMERICAN COMPOSER, STEPHEN COLLINS FOSTER (1826-1864) LIVED IN ATHENS AND ATTENDED SCHOOL AT THE ATHENS ACADEMY.  AT THE AGE OF 13, FOSTER WROTE HIS VERY FIRST SONG IN ATHENS, "THE TIOGA WALTZ"; A COMPOSITION HE PENNED FOR FOUR FLUTES.  ON APRIL 1, 1841, THE ATHENS ACADEMY HELD AN EXHIBITION IN THE VERY FIRST AND ONLY HOUSE OF WORSHIP IN ATHENS AT THAT TIME, THE ATHENS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.  THIS WAS STEPHEN FOSTERS VERY FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE  WHICH GAVE HIM GREAT PUBLICITY TO HIS EFFORTS AS A MUSIC COMPOSER.  HE ALSO PERFORMED this composition AT THE SCHOOL'S 1841 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES.  REGRETFULLY, THE ORIGINAL ATHENS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WHICH STEPHEN FOSTER PERFORMED WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE 1858, AND ANOTHER CHURCH WAS BUILT ON THE VERY SAME SITE IN 1861.  REGRETFULLY, TWELVE YEARS LATER, THAT BUILDING TOO WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE, AND A THIRD church BUILDING WAS BUILT IN 1881 which IS THE ICONIC BUILDING we KNOW TODAY.

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        THE VALLEY CHORUS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1955 AS A NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION AND HAS BEEN A VITAL PRESENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR THE PAST 59 YEARS.   THE VALLEY CHORUS IS COMPOSED OF NON-PROFESSIONAL SINGERS ASSEMBLED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PERFORMING ALL STYLES OF VOCAL MUSIC.   MEMBERSHIP IN THE VALLEY CHORUS IS SEASONAL AND OPEN TO ANYONE 15 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER.   THE VALLEY CHORUS PROVIDES A MEDIA OUTLET FOR QUALITY VOCAL MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT WHILE ENRICHING THE LIVES OF ITS MEMBERS AND OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION, PERFORMANCE AND A TRADITION OF MUSICAL EXCELLENCE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS.  

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