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Music Program to host Lamplighters Reunion and Concert

The concert will feature a special tribute to the founder of the Lamplighters

Teghan Simonton Oct 31, 2018

The Waynesburg University Music Program will host a reunion concert of the Lamplighters Touring Choir Saturday, Nov. 3. The reunion will begin in the morning and culminate with a 7 p.m. concert in Roberts Chapel.

Directed by Melanie Catana, assistant professor of vocal music and director of choral music, current Lamplighters choirs will be joined by nearly 50 Lamplighters alumni as they jointly sing favorite songs from over the years.

The concert will also feature a special tribute to James D. "Fuzzy" Randolph, founder of the Lamplighters.

“In 1961, our dear James ‘Fuzzy’ Randolph asked a small group of students to get together and sing with him,” said Catana. “From these humble and sincere beginnings, a beloved legacy of music, friendship, Christian encouragement and fun has lasted over 50 years.”

Catana said she is excited to bring different generations of choir members together and share “the profound positive impact that this group has had on so many lives.”

Choir members and alumni will spend all day getting to know each other, sharing meals and practicing the concert repertoire, according to Catana. Several special guests will be a part of the evening's program, including former Lamplighters director, Anne Phipps, and former Lamplighters accompanists, Nelson Fox and Ferdinand Dolfi.

Some of the pieces to be performed include “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” by Linda Lee Johnson and Tom Fettke, and “Prayer” by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Rene Clausen.

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or