There was a full house Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22, for The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center’s (OHMTEC) first Hammerstein Music Festival at Lenape Middle School in Doylestown.
The inaugural festival was in celebration of the nonprofit’s recent purchase of Highland Farm, Hammerstein’s home and workplace in Doylestown. The event kicked off with refreshment offerings from food trucks, followed by an interactive community sing-along of both Oscar Hammerstein II’s and his mentee Stephen Sondheim’s most popular songs.
Leading the sing along were local musicians, theater groups, and school ensembles, as well as finalists and winners of the 2023 Hammerstein International Youth Solo Contest, including local favorite Andrea Carlson, the Chorus of the No Name Pops (former Philly Pops), students from the Patriot Players of Central Bucks High School East, the Central Bucks West Harlequin Club, the Lenape Middle School Select Choir, and the voice studios of Anne Odland and Joan Myerov.
Bucks County Country Gentlemen soloist Richard Gaylord served as Master of Ceremonies, and Graeme Burgen accompanied the singers.