In 1972, a small group of singers assembled to provide entertainment for the Green Valley’s Association banquet. Afterwards, when the group expressed interest to continue singing together, they found themselves without a leader. One of those singers was Joseph Hoover who agreed to take on the conductor’s role with Corinne Griffiths as the accompanist. Together a group of 19 eager singers officially became the Coventry Singers and gave their first Christmas concert at French Creek Elementary School offering Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.
As the group became more well-known to the area so did their requests for performances. Membership grew to 55 and entrance to the group was by audition. Many members were professionally trained and came to the organization with choral singing experience. But it was the leadership and professional musical background of Joseph Hoover that guided the group for over 30 years of performing concerts to devoted audiences in the area.
Some of the highlights include: Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra; Resphigi’s Laud to the Nativity with the Schuylkill Valley Dance Company; the 10th Anniversary Year Handel’s Messiah with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at First Federal Bank; A Tribute to Romberg as part of the Pottstown Civic Concert Series’ as well as appearances at Reading’s Byndenwood Festival and Longwood Gardens’ Christmas Concert Series.
In the spring of 1994, Mr. Hoover retired the conductor’s baton. After a six year hiatus, the group eagerly, both original and new members, reassembled under the leadership of Cheryl Markofski whose professional training, education, and reputation brought the group back to those full-house audiences that the group enjoyed for many years.