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Judson Singers to perform in D.C.

The Judson College Singers will travel to Washington D.C. for a special performance. -- Special photo

The “Judson College Singers” have been invited to perform the choral prelude for the Evensong Service on May 20 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Judson choir in many ways,” said choral director Dr. Judy Ransom.

“Our students will perform in a nationally recognized venue–the experience of a lifetime! This opportunity also serves to promote the college and the music department in a most unique and exciting way.”

The Cathedral maintains a tradition of inviting guest choirs to sing for the Friday or Sunday evening services. In order to qualify, choral directors must submit an application and unedited recording of a recent performance.

Repertoire is also a consideration, as it must reflect the nature of the service and meet other liturgical requirements.

The choral prelude consists of a 25-minute program of sacred a cappella music sung at 3:30 p.m. just prior to the 4 p.m. service. The prelude itself is regarded as an integral part of the liturgical offering and the prelude choir also remains for the service.

The Cathedral visit will be a cornerstone event for the 2012 choir tour, which begins on May 18. In addition to the Cathedral performance, a proposed itinerary includes a tour of Washington, visits to colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens in Virginia, and a possible stop in Raleigh. Last year the choir completed a service learning project for North Raleigh Ministries as part of their 2011 tour.

The Judson College choir acts as ambassadors for the college, promoting its Christian vision and mission, as well as the achievements of the music department.

Friends of the college have established an account to support the tour. Those interested in contributing to the fund may contact the Judson College development office at 334.683.5109.