The EMU Chamber Singers perform at the University Choir concert on December 2, 2022 in Lehman Auditorium.

Chamber Singers release programming and schedule for spring break tour

The Eastern Mennonite University Chamber Singers have released programming information and the schedule for its spring break tour March 4-10, 2023. The group will perform in Ohio and Indiana at various churches and Christian schools. The theme of this year’s tour is “Local and Global: songs of peace and justice.”

“I wanted to include some local composers and styles to bring a taste from our home while also exploring a range of other styles and composers from around the world,” said Professor Benjamin Bergey, director of the Chamber Singers.

Highlights include songs about and in the tradition of the area, such as “Shenandoah,” a classic song about the Shenandoah Valley; “Sing Each Other Home,” a piece the Chamber Singers and EMU’s music and peacebuilding program commissioned the Harrisonburg-based Walking Roots Band to write; and “Could It Be That God Is Singing,” a hymn in the Southern Harmony tradition by poet Becca J R Lachman from Goshen, Indiana.

Other songs include “A New Leaf” by Bradley Lehman, a local composer and father of choir member Afton Rhodes-Lehman; “Eagles’ Wings” by EMU alumnus Sam Kauffman ‘12; and “Wake Up, My Spirit” by Virginia-based contemporary African American composer Adolphus Hailstork.

The EMU Chamber Singers is an auditioned touring chamber choir now in its 44th year. The mixed-voice choir is made up of more than 15 EMU students of different ages and majors. The ensemble tours in the U.S. each spring break and will tour abroad every other May starting this year. The select vocal group performs choral arrangements from various periods, styles and cultures. 


All evening performances are free and open to the public.


The choir includes:

Iris Anderson, Corvallis, Oregon

Maggie Garber, Broadway, Virginia

Thaddeus Jackson, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Philip Krabill, Elkhart, Indiana

Naomi Kratzer, Goshen, Indiana

Hannah Landes Beck, Linville, Virginia

Hollyn Miller, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Aaron Moyer, Broadway, Virginia

Jacob Nissley, Canton, Ohio

Afton Rhodes-Lehman, Dayton, Virginia

Sophia Sherrill, Goshen, Indiana; Higashikurume, Tokyo, Japan

Savannah Smith, Key West, Florida

Joshua Stucky, Princeton, New Jersey

Brynn Yoder, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Andrew Zook, Canton, Ohio

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