Carrying the good news on musical chords, the Vanguard University’s Department of Music student ensembles will travel to various cities across the U.S. carrying the light of Christ with them this spring break.
Vanguard’s concert choir, concert orchestra and women’s chorus begin their spring tours on March 16. These tours are an opportunity for students to take the skills they have acquired from a semester of practice and use them to bless communities inside and outside California, including Nevada and Arizona. Students perform one to two concerts a day, do community events and share their hearts of service.
The jazz ensemble will have their spring tour April 25-28 at the University of Nevada, Reno to compete in the Reno Jazz Festival. The ensemble consists of 26 students.
Spring tours are a time for bonding, building relationships that will last past graduation, working as a team and “sharing about Jesus through music,” the Coordinator of Music Events and Concert Operations, Luke Baumgartner, said. “It’s our students being a light in these communities,” he added.
The groups consist of students with a love for music from multiple majors. “It’s not often that you get a bunch of students who are willing to give up a spring break to do ministry,” Baumgartner said. “The churches just love to see our students who are just honest, raw, real people who love Jesus,” Baumgartner continued, noting student’s priority to minister rather than just put on a performance.
Traveling as one unit, 105 students, 80 from the concert choir and 25 from the concert orchestra will make their way around central and northern California. Meanwhile, the 42 students who make up the women’s chorus will perform and minister in areas of Nevada and Arizona.
To look at the spring tour schedule, click here.