Anna Motter of Taneytown founded the Taneytown Christmas Chorus in 1980 and has been its director ever since.
The 32-member chorus, composed mostly of singers from church choirs in the Taneytown area, will give its annual Advent/Christmas concert Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be collected to benefit Caring and Sharing Ministries of Northwest Carroll County.
The concert will conclude with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah." Audience members are invited to participate.
Gary Abrecht, vice president of Caring and Sharing Ministries of Northwest Carroll County, described Mrs. Motter as "a mover and shaker."
He said, "She just gets things done. Makes things happen. Lots of energy."
Caring and Sharing Ministries operates an emergency fund to help needy residents with expenses such as medical bills, heating bills, and food. It also works with local ministries, such as a food bank, a clothing bank and a vacation church school.
Mrs. Motter said of her work with the chorus, "I like directing very much. Just hearing the sounds coming together and making the voices blend . . . you have no idea what a thrill it can be."
Mrs. Motter is a retired language arts teacher and reading specialist. She attended Gettysburg College, where she sang as a soloist and studied choral directing.
The most difficult part of directing, she said, is selecting music for the Advent/Christmas concert.
Mrs. Motter, who is 66, said, "I just feel fortunate to have the health to be able to do all of these activities. It's just my way of sharing."
In addition to her work with the Taneytown Christmas Chorus, Mrs. Motter is chairwoman of the Taneytown Board of Zoning Appeals and choir director at Grace United Church of Christ.
She has been active with the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ for many years.
She recently finished a term as moderator of the conference, which encompasses 181 churches from New Jersey to Virginia.
Mrs. Motter is the first lay person and the first woman to chair the church and ministry commission of the conference's Catoctin Association, which includes 42 churches in Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties.
She also chairs the pastoral search committee at the Grace United Church of Christ.
Mrs. Motter has been married for 43 years to George Motter. She has three children and five grandsons, "which are really the joys of our life," she said.
She enjoys reading and playing duplicate bridge.
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