Some 540 high school students representing 16 choirs across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico joined in a grand finale under the baton of guest conductor David L. Brunner of Orlando, Fla.
The program was part of the 42nd annual Mennonite High School Choral Festival Apr. 16-18 hosted by Eastern Mennonite High School.
Public concerts held 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Apr. 18 in the University Commons at Eastern Mennonite University showcased individual choirs and the mass choir.
“It’s the only event of its kind in the country,” said EMHS choir director Jay Hartzler. “There are all-state choirs, auditioned groups of students from schools, and other large gatherings of high school singers, “but a festival of this magnitude – with the number and size of choirs coming together for this many years