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A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers

close year with Michigan tour


Manchester College's A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers will "Lift Every Voice" for a spring tour of Michigan. They'll take to the road after performing for the College's May 19 baccalaureate services.

The 48-member A Cappella Choir, which includes the 18-member Chamber Singers, has a full week of performances scheduled for Church of the Brethren congregations, nursing home residents and possibly a high school. Several recent choir alumni will join the choirs, directed by Debra Lynn, associate professor of music.

The choirs are well-seasoned travelers, with performances last spring in Carnegie Hall, in famed cathedrals of Italy (and the Vatican) in 2004, and this spring in the Washington, D.C. area.

The Michigan program offers songs in English, German, Latin and Slovak, mixing new music with old favorites. Featured is Prayer for Peace, composed by former music faculty member Debora DeWitt, which the choir performed at Carnegie Hall last spring. The Prayer for Peace soloist, as for the New York City performance, is 2007 graduate Robert Bucher of North Manchester.

Other tour soloists include seniors Joel Waggy and David Moan of Goshen, Ind., and Ayana Brown of Lafayette, Ind.; junior Tedra Tague of New Market, Ind., and first-year student Najah Monroe of South Bend. Trumpeter Nicholas Kenny, a Fort Wayne sophomore, also will solo.

For more about the tour or music at Manchester, a Church of the Brethren college, contact Debra Lynn, chair of the Music Department, at 260-982.5296 or visit

The public concert schedule is below:

Onekama, Mich. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 for Onekama Church of the Brethren, 8266 Mill St.

Lansing, Mich. 7:30  p.m. Wednesday, May 21 for Lansing Church of the Brethren, 3020 S. Washington Ave.

Kalamazoo, Mich. 7:30  p.m. Friday, May 23 for Skyridge Church of the Brethren, 394 S. Drake Rd., Kalamazoo









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