Lutheran Chorale widens community service vision

SUBMITTED BY: Jim Durham

The Lutheran Chorale is expanding its vision of community service.  According to Chorale president Linda Blandin, the organization’s primary goal since its inception in 1976 has been to provide opportunities for those who enjoy choral singing to perform the great classical and contemporary choral works of such composers as Mozart, Brahms, Haydn, Vivaldi, and Lauridsen, as well as to offer this wonderful music to the Front Range community.

Now, under the its new director David Hodel, the Lutheran Chorale wishes also to be a resource for musical growth and enrichment for local church choirs.  While members have always brought back their Chorale experience and training to their individual churches, Hodel sees an opportunity to further support these choirs by offering workshops and performance experience to non-Chorale members as well.

This year, the Lutheran Chorale is hosting its second annual workshop for area choirs.  The following areas are being planned for this workshop:

-  Healthy vocal production

-   Sight reading tips

-   Music selections for the church year

-   Choir’s role in worship

-   Integrating liturgy using various musical styles

-   Resources for praise bands

-   Breakout session for organists

The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 am to 4 pm, at St. Philip Lutheran Church, 7531 S. Kendall,  Littleton. Breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 a.m.. There is a nominal charge of $5 for supplies and a light lunch.   To register, contact either Linda Blandin  at (303) 973 -1161, lin-60@hotmail.com or Linda Thompson (303) 666-6642, lthomprn@msn.com.

The workshop activities culminate with a concert featuring Chorale members and workshop attendees the following day (Sunday, Feb. 12).  The concert will be at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Avenue in Englewood, at 3 pm.  The concert will feature  Hymns Triumphant, Lee Holdridge’s  magnificent choral arrangement of well-known hymns, led by choir directors participating in the workshop. A free-will offering will be taken at the concert.

All proceeds from the concert will benefit Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a ministry of the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. The funds will be used for a music room at the new Dar Al-Kalima College.

The Lutheran Chorale is delighted to offer its support to this worthy program.

Also, as part of its efforts to better serve our community, the Lutheran Chorale’s new membership program features four membership options: Trial membership,  come to three rehearsals at no cost, to see if you like it; reduced-cost memberships (see our President or Treasurer);  Sponsored membership, we accept donations from anyone wishing to sponsor a singer; and Full membership, $35 per person per semester.

If you enjoy choral singing, please consider visiting The Lutheran Chorale at one of its Monday evening practices.  We practice every Monday night at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, starting at 7:15 pm.

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