The Judson University Choir Prepares for Spring Tour
(ELGIN, IL-February 15, 2017) For more than 40 members of the Judson University Choir, spring break is more than a time to relax; it’s a time to minister in song. From Friday-Sunday, March 3-12, choir members will traverse three states during the annual spring performance tour.
They will be led by Choir Director Dr. Warren Anderson ’86. “We will work hard, and we’ll play hard on this tour. I am blessed that these students have given up their entire spring break to minister, so when we have an afternoon free, we’ll end up at a beach or two, I’m sure,” Dr. Anderson said.
The choir and musicians will travel to Brentwood, Tenn., first, and then to five cities in Florida and two cities in Illinois before returning to campus. They will minister during morning worship at local churches, in evening concerts and at schools.
On Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m., the choir will join Judson alumni band, Graveyards to Gardens, for a special concert at the Contemporary Music Center (559 Church St. E) in Brentwood, Tenn. The Contemporary Music Center is one of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)’s best semester programs. There is an alumni gathering scheduled for this evening, as well.
“Judson has sent as many as five students there in the past several years (and had sent two or three back when the program was housed at Martha’s Vineyard back in the early 2000s),” noted Anderson, director of the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts (DCWPA). “Two DCWPA students are studying there currently: Julie Cantrell and Josiah Vik. The CMC does a practicum-based tour every semester, a worship experience, that travels from school to school. It is scheduled to stop at Judson on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.”
Choir members will use Saturday as a travel day, but they will be ready to minister on Sunday, March 5, when they join Bethel Baptist Church (1805 30th Ave. W) in Bradenton, Fla., for Sunday worship at 10 a.m. This was once the home church of Judson’s third president, the late Dr. Harm Weber. His wife, Arlie, still attends, as does alumnus Joel Mimbs ’10.
On Monday, March 6, in a morning chapel service, the team will perform at Glades Christian Academy (400 Lakeview Dr.) in Coral Springs, Fla. The academy is associated with Church by the Glades, a multi-site church where alumna Heather Palacios ’95 and her husband serve in ministry.
On Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m., the choir will minister in an outdoor concert (weather permitting) in the Prayer Garden of First Baptist Church of Islamorada, Fla. They will also sing during in the church’s weekly community meal – an opportunity for anyone in the area, including the homeless, to get a free, hot meal.
On Wednesday, March 8, choir members will travel to Penney Farms, Fla., and sing at Penney Memorial Church (4465 Poling Ave.). The concert will be at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m., there will be a worship concert at First Baptist Church of Oxford (4060 County Road 108) in Oxford, Fla.
Friday will be a travel day for the group. Then the tour resumes on Saturday, March 11, with a worship concert at 6 p.m. at Milford Christian Church (811 E. Hickory St.) in Milford, Ill.
The choir will close out its spring tour by joining First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy (1602 S. Prospect Ave.) in Savoy, Ill., for morning worship at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. This church has many Judson connections, as it is the home church of current student Kamryn Malenius. Current student Kristina Shimkus did an internship at the church last summer. Alumnus trustee the Rev. Dr. Randy Gauger ’69 was senior pastor there for many years, and alum Chris Chambers ’85 serves as the youth minister.
Please pray for everyone’s safe travels.