Touring Choir

 

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Schedule

 

Program cover art by Malea Gascho, art teacher

Sunday, March 10, 4:30 p.m., Eastern Mennonite School auditorium

Sunday, March 17, 9 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church

Sunday, March 17, 7 p.m., Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., EMHS Spring Choral Concert, auditorium

Sunday, March 24, a.m., Mill Creek Church of the Brethren

Sunday, March 24, 7 p.m., Mount Clinton Mennonite Church

Sunday, April 7, 10:30 a.m., Lindale Mennonite Church

Sunday, April 7, 7 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church

Sunday, April 14, a.m., program at Lancaster, Pa., area church (TBA)

Sunday, April 14, afternoon program at Lancaster Mennonite School with Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival

Monday, April 15, 2:30 p.m., Johnstown (Pa.) Mennonite School

Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m., Community Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va.

Sunday, April 28, 7 p.m, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church

Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m., Crossroads Mennonite Church

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 am., Trissels Mennonite Church

Sunday, May 5, 5 p.m., Choral Evansong at Emmanuel Episcopal, Harrisonburg

Sunday, May 19, 10:45 a.m., Zion Mennonite Church

Sunday, Mary 19, 7 p.m., Park View Mennonite Church

Sunday, May 26, 10:30 a.m., Springdale Mennonite Church, Stuarts Draft, Va.

Sunday May 26, 7 p.m., Weavers Mennonite Church

Friday, May 31, 7 p.m., EMHS Commencement concert

Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m., EMHS Baccalaureate service

 

The Choir

 

The Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Choir is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 40 students in 11th and 12th grades. The choral worship service the choir leads includes repertoire from classical and contemporary sacred literature, as well as songs from a wide variety of other traditions and styles.

Our faith in Christ is central to our identity as a choir, and we seek to sing in an attitude of worship that goes beyond mere performance, with a spiritual connection to God, the music, each other, and our audience. We believe that choral artistic excellence and worship strengthen and reinforce each other. Eastern Mennonite School was founded over a century ago with vocal music in worship as one of its foundational values, and we are glad for the gift of this musical heritage.

The Touring Choir sings between 20 and 30 local concerts and church programs each spring (March-May) in addition to an annual out-of-state tour. The choir also tours Europe during the summer of alternating years. Recent trips have included programs in England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Our church programs are "choral worship services" instead of "concerts" intentionally -- our music is about the gospel of Jesus Christ -- his love for us, his death for our sins, and his resurrection. Students in our choir come from a number of different denominations and backgrounds and places on the theological spectrum, and from different stripes of Mennonite churches, as well. We focus on the center of our faith, what Christians have believed about Jesus as revealed in Scripture for 2,000 years across time and culture.

 

2018 Touring Choir Schedule

 

Sat. March 17

VCDA District V Choral Festival, Harrisonburg High School

Sun. March 18, 10:00 AM

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Sun. March 18, 7:00 PM

Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

Tues. March 20, 7:30 PM

EMHS Spring Choral Concert

Sun. March 25, 7:00 PM

Mount Clinton Mennonite Church

Monday, April 2, 7:00 PM

First Mennonite Church, Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 PM

Warwick River Mennonite Church, Newport News, Virginia

Fri.-Sun. April 6-8

Mennonite Schools Choral Festival, EMHS/EMU

Sun. April 15, 10:30 AM

Massanutten Presbyterian Church

Sun. April 22, 10:30 AM

Springdale Mennonite Church

Sun. April 22, 7:00 PM

Lindale Mennonite Church

Sun. April 29, 10:00 AM

Mill Creek Church of the Brethren

Sun. April 29, 7:00 PM

Harrisonburg Mennonite Church

Sun., May 6, 9:00 AM

Crossroads Mennonite Church

Sun., May 6, 10:30 AM

Zion Mennonite Church

Sun., May 6, 5:00 PM

Choral Evensong at Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Sun., May 20, 9:00 AM

Community Mennonite Church

Sun., May 20 PM, 7:00 PM

Park View Mennonite Church

Sun., May 27, 10:30 AM

Trissels Mennonite Church

Sun., May 27, 7:00 PM

Weavers Mennonite Church

Fri., June 1, 7:30 PM

EMHS Commencement Concert

Sat., June 2, 7:00 PM

EMHS Baccalaureate Service

June 8  -  28

Tour in England, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland