News Release


A Cappella Choir
embarks on spring tour


Manchester University’s acclaimed A Cappella Choir takes its eclectic repertoire on spring tour May 20-26 to four Indiana and Illinois church congregations.

The program of the 34-member traveling ensemble features great choral works ranging from Gregorian chant to jazz, opera choruses and hand-clapping gospel. “As always, we will include a host of folksongs, love songs and several compositions that focus on peace and justice,” said Debra Lynn, chair of the MU Department of Music and choir director.

“Ensemble touring is a great outreach opportunity for the University,” said Lynn. “The students learn to be ambassadors for Manchester and its mission and meet people who support their educational endeavors, as alumni, or as members of the Church of the Brethren.” Manchester has deep Brethren roots.

The Manchester A Cappella Choir has performed twice in Carnegie Hall and in the cathedrals of Italy, including at the Vatican. For more about majoring in music at Manchester, visit

Admission is free at the spring concerts, but the choir appreciates donations to help defray travel costs.

Here’s the schedule:

7 p.m., Monday, May 20: First United Methodist Church
                                       179 S. Indiana Street
                                       Warsaw, Ind.

7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21: First Church of the Brethren
                                        2115 Yale Blvd.
                                        Springfield, Ill.

7 p.m., Wednesday, May 23: Freeport Church of the Brethren
                                              777 West Pleasant St.
                                              Freeport, Ill.

9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 26: Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren
                                            783 W. Highland Ave.
                                             Elgin, Ill.

May 2013

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