Choir prepares for upcoming trip, church concerts

PC choir members will be attending the Dordt College High School Choir Festival on April 13-14. Around ten Christian high school choirs from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Iowa will be attending the festival along with PC.

During their time at the festival, the choir will have an individual session during which the Dordt College choir faculty will work with them to improve their craft, as well as a rehearsal with all the schools participating along with Dordt’s choral ensembles. The choir will perform an individual piece and sing five other songs as a mass choir.  

Choir director Tim Van Voorst is looking forward to the students growing in their musical abilities and strengthening their bond as a choir. “I hope the students come away from the trip stronger musicians, and I also hope that they create new and stronger friendships through our extended period of time together,” said Van Voorst.

Students will be able to get critiques from different choral directors and gain more knowledge of how to use their musical abilities. They will be singing in a choir of about 500 Christian students.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity for our students to gain feedback from other choral directors. I am also looking forward to hearing the mass choir performance,” said Van Voorst. “ It’s always very powerful to hear 500 Christian school students singing together to the glory of God.”

Also coming up for the choir is giving concerts in seven area church services in the coming weeks. They sang on March 25 at Community Heights Alliance in Newton. Next they will perform at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in the morning and Peoria CRC at night on April 8. Then they will sing at Sully Christian Reformed Church on April 15, First CRC in Oskaloosa on April 22, and First CRC in Pella on April 29. Finally they will perform at the Tulip Time worship service on May 6.

Van Voorst believes singing at churches is a good way for students to build Christian community. “God calls each one of us to develop and use the gifts and talents he has given us to bring glory to His name. I believe Chamber Choir fulfills that mission by sharing beautiful, God-glorifying music with our church community,” said Van Voorst. “Singing in churches also helps promote our school by making it more visible in the community.”

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