Cecil County Choral Society presents “In the Winter Snow,” featuring a string ensemble and percussion. The concert is free but donations are accepted.

The Cecil County Choral Society will present a holiday concert in Middletown Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m., at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 116 E. Main St.

"In the Winter Snow," features a string ensemble and percussion.

The concert is free but donations are accepted.

The Cecil County Choral Society was started in the spring of 1981 when Robert Bunnell, a 20-year veteran of public school music, in concert with Barbara Topper of the Cecil Community College’s Department of Continuing Education, opened the doors to singers of all levels.

In keeping with the vision of its founders, CCCS continues to provide an opportunity for all who love music to share their energy and talents in seasonal music programs, which are offered to the residents of Cecil County and the surrounding communities.

CCCS membership is audition-free for all adults, and expense-free for a limited number of high school and college students.

Rehearsals are held in Weldin Hall at Elkton United Methodist Church.

Since the fall of 2001, CCCS continues to be under the direction of Kevin A. Wekke, who attended Cecil County schools and later earned a B.A. in Piano Performance and an M.A. in Sacred Music. His graduate choral studies at Westminster Choir College included such notable choral directors as Robert Shaw, Joseph Flummerfelt, Robert Page, Sir David Wilcocks, and Madeleine Marshall. Wekke has led award-winning middle and high school choral groups, and performed in concert at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

In addition to directing CCCS, Wekke is organist at Shrewsbury Church in Kennedyville, Maryland, and has taught classes and seminars in sacred music for various organizations and churches. He has also composed and arranged several pieces performed by CCCS, including a dedication to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Capt. John Smith’s visit to Kent County, Maryland, recognizing the first recorded religious service in Maryland.

He currently holds membership in the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the American Guild of Organists, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), and the Hymn Society of America.