GOSHEN — The 23rd annual Mennonite Youth Choir Festival is scheduled for March 1 and 2 at Goshen College.
Around 150 singers from across Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania are expected to take part in the event. The festival is designed to give young people from different faith communities the opportunity to learn and perform sacred choral repertoire.
Organizers say Saturday will be a day of teaching and learning as guest director Duane Beck, a 1991 Goshen College graduate, directs the festival choirs. Beck is the artistic director of The Junior Choral Society, a 40-voice children’s chorus of singers from northern Ohio who will join this 2014 choir festival.
On Sunday, the festival choirs will perform a worship concert at the Goshen College Music Center in Sauder Concert Hall. The performance is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., with a 30-minute prelude by Ted Yoder on the hammer dulcimer.
Yoder, a Goshen resident, was the 2010 National Hammer Dulcimer Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival. He will also accompany one of the festival choirs on “Have Your Lamps Gone Out” by Malcolm Dalglish.
The concert will also include a men’s choir made up of choir members’ fathers and grandfathers, who will join with the festival choirs on “Like as a Father” by Luigi Cherubini.
The public is invited to attend the concert. An offering will be taken.