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Vocal groups from three local high schools joined the College's concert choir to showcase their musical talents and gifts during Trinity's Choral Festival November 14. Choirs from Timothy Christian High School (Elmhurst, Illinois) and Chicago Christian High School (Palos Heights, Illinois), along with the A Capella choir from Illiana Christian High School (Lansing, Illinois), spent the day on campus learning and singing together as part of the College's first choral festival in 10 years.

"This is a terrific setting and opportunity for high school students," said Marvin Wolterstorff, Timothy's choir director for the past 35 years. "It's great to have them singing cooperatively. Usually when they come together, it's in a competitive venue, so this is a good change of pace. I'm delighted that Trinity decided to resume this event."

Wolterstorff's son, Ryan, directed the Chicago Christian choir while Maria Dyk conducted the group from Illiana. Trinity choir conductor Dr. Helen Van Wyck led the rehearsals in the morning and early afternoon. The evening concert, which attracted more than 500 people, featured selections from each of the four choirs. It culminated with all choirs performing "Praise His Holy Name," composed and conducted by Dr. Keith Hampton and accompanied by Trinity senior Pamela VanZuiden.

"The day was well-organized and ran smoothly," said Dyk. "My students enjoyed being on Trinity's campus, and one of the highlights for them was singing under Dr. Hampton's direction. All of the choirs gave awesome, God-glorifying performances."

"The Festival was a smashing success," Van Wyck said. "The atmosphere all day was lively and energetic, thanks to the hard work and high spirits of the students. We may have set a record for the number of singers on the risers at one time - 220.

"The excellent work that the high school directors did in preparing their choirs made my job easy. We established a good relationship with these three local Christian high school choral programs, and that should lead to more collaborative ventures."

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