Tabor choir prepares for spring tour

The Tabor College Con­cert Choir will travel to Colorado and California for its annual spring tour, March 16-24, with performances at eight churches and schools.

Brad Vogel, choir director and professor of music, said he is excited for his students to share their music under the theme “Sing Me to Heaven,” which is the title of the featured song of the concert.

“Overall, the selections represent music as a gift from God,” Vogel said. “The texts of the songs are either drawn from biblical passages that record scenes in heaven, or speak of the heavenly origin of music, either as God’s creation or resulting from God’s work in our lives.”

The choir’s repertoire for the program ranges from spirituals such as “Music Down in My Soul,” to traditional hymns, including “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” and “Holy, Holy, Holy,” to international flavor including “Muusika,” which is sung in Estonian.

The choir is comprised of 40 students from five states. The ensemble travels each year during spring break and every four years travels to the West Coast. In addition to performing, the group will have opportunity to visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver and tour the Sequoia National Park.

Throughout the tour, the choir is hosted by churches and Tabor alumni.

“Our annual spring tour is a culmination of a year of hard work,” Vogel said. “The students immensely enjoy traveling and performing. Our desire is to share joy and inspire audiences through music.”

The choir will present a pre-tour concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12. The choir will end the tour with a home concert Sunday, April 2, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

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