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Chalker plans ‘homecoming’ concert

Margaret Cox Chalker, a soprano best known for her operatic performances in Switzerland and Germany, will present a concert at 8 p.m. July 28 at St. Peter's Church, Genesee at Lewis streets.

Her program, “Coming Home – An Evening of songs and arias,” is part of the Geneva Summer Arts Festival and the Geneva Concerts' “Eastman in Geneva” series; admission is $5 and the public is invited.

Chalker is the daughter of Ronald Cox, HWS associate professor emeritus of music, and his wife, Nancy.

A 1970 graduate of Waterloo High School, Chalker taught locally in the mid-1970s and then at State University College at Fredonia.

In November 1974, she married baritone Mel Chalker, a fellow graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, and they settled in Geneva in the following year. She became choir director at North Presbyterian Church in Geneva and the couple offered musical programs in the area, each accompanying the other.

She taught in the area and attended Syracuse University as a graduate assistant in voice, studying with Helen Boatwright. She also appeared with the Seneca Community Players in “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Yeoman of the Guard,” by Gilbert and Sullivan. She also sang the title role in the Geneva Theatre Guild production of “Little Mary Sunshine” and often sang in concerts and recitals at the Colleges and at Syracuse University.

She has been a member of the ensemble at the Opera House of Zurich for 17 seasons, singing more than 400 performances in at least 35 roles.

She will be accompanied on the piano by Victoria vonArx.

Details on the festival are available by visiting