AREA HIGH SCHOOLS JOIN
TRINITY'S CHOIR FOR CHORAL FESTIVAL
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."
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."
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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