By: Kendra Housel
Every year Indiana Wesleyan University’s Chorale and Wind Ensemble each take an extended tour during the University’s Spring Semester. While both ministry groups spend several weekends every semester touring different parts of the Midwest, the Spring Break tour is a time when they travel across the nation. With past tours locations being Florida, California and New York, there is always great focus on the second semester to prepare for this week-long tour. “The students are the highlight of these groups. I am always amazed by the humility in Christ they exhibit while also demonstrating their exceptional talents,” says Krista Brown, who will be traveling with the group to Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, DC area, and Pennsylvania this year.
The Chorale will be spending their tour on the east coast area this year. They will begin their Spring Tour, performing at the First Baptist Church of Tellico Village in Loudon, Tennessee by giving an evening concert on March 3rd and joining in their worship service the morning of 4th. That evening they will travel to Oak Ridge Tennessee and give a concert at the First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge. Next, the Chorale will head northeast to Virginia and give a concert on the evening of the 5th at Parkway Church in Roanoke. After their time in Virginia, they will head to Maryland and give a concert at New Life Church in La Plata on March 7th. Watch on FACEBOOK LIVE beginning at 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) on the 7th.
They will complete their tour up north, by first giving a concert at The River in Frankford, Delaware on the evening of the 9th, then by worshiping with Bethany Wesleyan Church in Cherryville, Pennsylvania during their two Sunday morning services on the 11th. Additional performances the chorale will give during this tour are yet to be announced.
The Wind Ensemble will be on a Midwest Spring Tour this year, beginning in Angola, Indiana at Fairview Missionary Church, joining their morning services on the 4th of March. That evening they will be in Ottawa Lake, Michigan for an evening concert at Whiteford Wesleyan Church. Watch this concert on FACEBOOK LIVE from Whiteford beginning at 6:00 pm (Eastern Time).
Continuing on the 6th, they will give a workshop to students at Wheaton Academy in Carol Stream, Illinois. That evening they will finish their time at the school by giving a concert. The 7th, they will head to Gurnee, Illinois to give an evening concert at Gurnee Community Church. The next day they will give another band workshop, this time at Jimtown High School in Elkhart, Indiana. After this workshop, they will give an afternoon concert before heading to Michigan to finish their tour. The Wind Ensemble will travel to Fremont Wesleyan Church on the 9th, Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church on the 10th, and Community Wesleyan Church (Marysville) and Rush Creek Bible Church (Byron Center) on the 11th. “I have always enjoyed seeing these concerts and remind alumni and friends that they are welcome to attend,” says Rick Carder.
If you are in the area and would like to come support these ministry teams, they would love to worship with you during their Spring Break.
Chorale Spring Break 2018 Tour schedule – See locations here!
Wind Ensemble Spring Break 2018 Tour schedule – See locations here!
Written by Kendra Housel, writer for the Alumni Center. Kendra is a sophomore Education and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. She is also a member of the University Chorale. She is passionate about serving Christ through writing, singing and caring for others.