Twenty years later, the
They volunteer for the audition-only group so they can be challenged by higher-caliber music than is performed by most church choirs.
"It has quasi-religious overtones," said Humphrey, 58, of Collinsville, who still serves as executive director.
"We perform secular and sacred music. We perform four major concerts a year (pops, spirituals, patriotic and Christmas), and they're generally held at churches in the Collinsville area."
The group will celebrate its anniversary at
"In our 20-year history, this is only the second time we've charged admission," said Humphrey, now a sales representative for sports apparel.
Members range from teenagers to people in their 70s and 80s. One of the newest is alto
"I was instantly impressed with the direction," she said. "It reminded me of my college chorale. It's fast-paced and focused with attention to detail, which I think is what produces quality music."
Voegele also likes the group's camaraderie, describing it as "almost like a family."
The artistic director and conductor is
He's finishing up his eighth year with the
"The community supports this chorale backward and forward with their attendance and their financial gifts," Waggoner said.
Friday night's concert will include pop, sacred and patriotic music, as well as "Jesus, They Boundless Love to Me," a piece commissioned for the group in March by
"It was exciting," said alto
At a glance
What: 20th anniversary concert
Tickets: From group members or at the door
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