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Looking for 500 voices

COLA seeks singers for large choir for GA opening worship

May 12, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS

More than a few good voices — that's what the Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) is seeking for the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) here in July.

COLA is inviting singers to join what will be a 500-voice choir that will sing for the Assembly's opening worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 4, in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Paula Sanders, executive coordinator for COLA, said complete church choirs and individuals are welcome to join the large choir.

Jere Lantz, choir director at Westminster Presbyterian Church here, will direct the large choir. Lantz holds a master's degree and doctorate in conducting from Yale University.

For 20 years Lantz has been the music director of the Rochester (Minn.) Orchestra and Chorale. In addition, he directs the Minnetonka (Minn.) Choral Society and serenades audiences at Lake Harriet here on weekend evenings each summer, directing the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra.

Lantz has conducted most of Minnesota's major choruses, including the Minnesota Chorale, Bach Society, Minnesota Center Chorale, Oratorio Society, Winona Symphonic Choir and Soul Liberation Choir.

Rehearsals for the opening worship choir are scheduled for May and June at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Additional details about rehearsals, registration and the music planned for the opening worship service can be found on the COLA website or by calling the COLA office at (612) 871-2617.

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