The Hope College Chapel Choir, College Chorus, and SPERA choirs will present the program “Together Again: Songs of Belonging and Becoming” during an outdoor concert on Friday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Pine Grove in the central campus. Bring a chair, blanket and sweater to enjoy this evening of songs that explore the significance of belonging and the journey of becoming.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Repertoire for the concert will include a variety of genres, from Renaissance motets, to contemporary gospel selections, to opera and musical theatre standards. Included in the performance will be “Draw the Circle Wide,” by Mark Miller; “Afternoon on a Hill,” by Eric Barnum; “Praise His Holy Name,” by Keith Hampton; and several other works. Student Gretchen Woell will be featured in “Before It’s Over” from the musical “Dogfight,” by Pasek and Paul, and students Emma Clark and Emlin Munch will perform the “Flower Duet” from “Lakme,” an opera by Léo Delibes.

The Chapel Choir is an advanced ensemble of 31 members. The ensemble seeks to study advanced choral repertoire, and is open to all students by audition. The College Chorus collaborates with Chapel Choir in Vespers, and is open to members of the Hope College faculty and staff, as well as the Holland community. SPERA is a 26-member ensemble for treble voice created in 2020, and is open to all soprano and alto students by audition.

The choirs are conducted by faculty member Eric D. Reyes, who is an assistant professor of music instruction and director of choral activities at Hope College. Born and raised in Southern California, Mexican-American conductor, pianist and vocalist Reyes seeks to make music that communicates beauty, inspires hope, and brings about unity amongst people. Reyes has served a variety of ensembles, including the Southern California Children’s Chorus, Moody Chorale, University of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University of Michigan Arts Chorale, and the Community Chorus of Detroit. Reyes was one of eight rising conductors selected throughout the country to participate in a conducting masterclass led by Ann Howard Jones and Jerry McCoy at the 2017 American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Minneapolis. At the University of Michigan, he was a recipient of the Brehm Endowed Fellowship in Choral Conducting. Reyes received his bachelor’s in music from the Moody Bible Institute and his master’s in music from the University of Michigan.

Audience members who need assistance to fully enjoy any event at Hope are encouraged to contact the college’s Events and Conferences Office by emailing events@hope.edu or calling 616-395-7222 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Updates related to events are posted when available in the individual listings at hope.edu/calendar.

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Hope is currently requiring that masks be worn by all individuals while indoors on campus, unless in their living space or alone in their work space. Masks are not required at outdoor events on campus.

The Pine Grove is in the central campus of Hope College directly behind Graves Hall, which is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.