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UK Choristers will honor former director Sarah Holroyd at Saturday concert

The University of Kentucky Choristers will celebrate the anniversary of a renowned concert on Shaker music and honor the 90th birthday of former choir director Sarah Holroyd on Saturday.

The concert is free and open to the public. It will start at 4 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

In 1979, the UK Choristers created a historical re-enactment of an original Shaker worship service, performing at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill under Holroyd's direction. It continued to be performed every year with Holroyd's direction, and became the subject of both a film and a recording.

KET filmed the original performance, which aired in 1980, thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Holroyd taught at the UK School of Music for 26 years. A cornet player with no formal conducting training, she went on to become director of UK Choral Activities and conducted the Choristers, Chorus, Chorale, Madrigal Singers and the women's and men's glee clubs. Upon retiring in 1987, Holroyd left a collection of papers, photographs, letters and memories from her two decades at UK. It can be viewed in the UK Special Collections Research Center located at the Margaret I King Library Building.

Holroyd, who turned 90 this year, will attend Saturday's concert.