The CUAA Choir and Orchestra leave Thursday to perform on Monday, April 15 in the Washington D.C. International Music Festival. They will also showcase their talents on Friday evening at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Falls Church, Virginia.

On Thursday, the CUAA Choir and Orchestra will be heading to Washington, D.C. for a showcase performance at the world-famous Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on April 15. This performance is a part of the Washington D.C. International Music Festival, and the CUAA ensembles will be performing a program of American composers, spanning the storied history of musical composition in the United States.

Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

With the ensembles coming off recent awards in the national American Prize competition, and seeing exciting growth within the department in recent years, Dr. John Boonenberg, Kreft Endowed Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities & Church Music, is thrilled for the opportunity for the CUAA students.

“The chance to showcase the musical excellence and passion our students bring to their craft is always a blessing,” Boonenberg said. “To be able to do so on one of the world’s great stages and really celebrate God’s blessing of music in these students’ lives is a mountaintop moment that we strive to offer to all students who become a part of the CUAA Music family.”

Music with a mission

The CUAA ensembles will also be offering a concert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Falls Church, VA on Friday evening. “It’s always wonderful to serve the church through music,” says Aaron Halboth, a senior majoring in Church Music at CUAA. “Even when traveling for major performances like at the Kennedy Center, we get to live out the Christ-centered mission of our school and music department.”

Dr. William Perrine, Director of Instrumental Studies & Music Program Coordinator, underscores the importance of these performances.

“Our students have been working extraordinarily hard since August to prepare for this performance,” Perrine said. “They are producing truly excellent musical work, and we are proud to share the fruit of their labor at a nationally recognized venue.”

For more information about the performances or to purchase tickets, click HERE.

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Concordia University Ann Arbor is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. The CUAA Music Department is a comprehensive Liberal Arts music experience which offers you the opportunity to study, perform, and travel (domestic and international) with departmental ensembles. To learn more, click the link below