Judson University Choir Prepares for Three-State Performance Tour
(ELGIN, IL-February 25, 2016) Ready to worship and win hearts for God, more than 40 members of the Judson University Choir will tour 11 cities across three states during the annual spring performance tour from Friday-Sunday, March 4-13.
“We had to change our tour plans at the eleventh hour, but God was faithful, and Judson Chancellor Dr. Jerry Cain helped us pull together what promises to be an awesome tour,” says Judson Choir Director Dr. Warren Anderson, who will lead the tour group.
The choir and musicians will travel throughout Illinois, Indiana and Missouri, sharing their time and talents at local churches, retirement homes, universities and community theaters in major cities, rural areas and resort towns.
On Friday, March 4, the group will perform at Village Church in Dyer, Ind., at 7 p.m. Student Lindsey Mayer’s grandparents attend this church.
On Saturday (at 5:30 p.m.) and Sunday (at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:55 a.m.), March 5-6, choir members will perform in morning and evening concerts at Maryville, Ill.’s First Baptist Church Maryville, where Judson Board Trustee Dr. Tom Hufty serves as pastor.
Students will sing at Grace Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. The location holds special significance since Judson Chancellor Dr. Jerry Cain is the interim pastor there and at least half of the congregation is comprised of refugees from Burma – the homestead of Judson namesake Adoniram Judson, who became the first Protestant missionary sent from North America to preach in Burma.
On Monday, March 7, the choir will take on Branson, Mo., where members will provide a pre-show concert aboard the Showboat Branson Belle dinner cruise boat at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday morning’s concert will light up the faces of many in the new chapel of The Baptist Home, a retirement community in Ozark, Mo., at 10 a.m.
That evening, at 6:55 p.m., the Judson Choir will open for one of Branson’s top-billing singing acts, The Haygoods, at the Clay Cooper Theatre.
The morning of Wednesday, March 9, they will sing at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., at 10 a.m. That night, they will perform at University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, March 10, choir members will enjoy fellowship with student Maddie Banks’ home church, First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Mo., and then perform a concert on the rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City at 5 p.m.
St. Louis, Mo., will be the desired stop on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m. when the tour group will sing at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
The tour will end on Sunday, March 13, when students will round out a blessed week of celebrations by singing at two churches with numerous Judson alums and current students as members. They include Princeton, Ill.’s Christ Community Church, where the choir will sing at 10:30 a.m., and First Free Church in Rockford, Ill., where they will wrap up their 11-city, three-state tour with a concert at 6 p.m.
“We are singing in so many different venues on this tour, but the goal is always the same: to bring a message of Jesus’ mercy and grace in the midst of our worship concerts,” Dr. Anderson concludes.
Please pray for their safe travels.