While other students are participating in a ministry immersion trip or funning in the sun during spring break, the Hope College Chapel Choir and Symphonette Strings will bring their music to communities in several states.
The Chapel Choir will conduct six performances in Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia (March 12–18). It will precede its tour with a concert at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 8, and will present its annual post-tour Home Concert in Holland on Monday, March 23, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church.
The Symphonette Strings will have six performances in multiple communities in Illinois between Friday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 17, followed by two performances in Ada after returning to West Michigan. The Symphonette Strings will present a pre-tour concert at Hope on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The Chapel Choir is Hope College’s premier choral ensemble. The choir has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has traveled abroad on eight occasions, most recently to South Africa in May 2009. Over the years the choir has also received numerous invitations to sing at choral conferences and prestigious churches around the country. The choir is directed by Dr. Brad Richmond, professor of music and director of choral activities.
The Symphonette Strings are drawn from the college’s Symphonette, which is selected each year from the larger college symphony orchestra. The Symphonette has toured coast-to-coast in the United States, and has also performed in two provinces in Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Symphonette is directed by Dr. Ingrid Lestrud, visiting assistant professor of music.