Chorale raises funds for Denmark trip

The Bradley Chorale is traveling to Denmark in May to share their music, create memories with friends and experience a different culture.

Chorale is the top vocal performance ensemble at Bradley. Comprised of both men and women, the group primarily performs two concert programs each semester.

“Every three years the Bradley Chorale takes a European tour with the purpose of promoting the music program at Bradley University and singing with students from other countries,” Chorale vice president Airin Virgilio said.

Chorale director John Jost provides the members of this group yearly trip opportunities to various regions in the United States and abroad.

“This trip gives the Bradley Chorale students the experience of preforming in a foreign country to people whose cultural background differs from ours,” Virgilio said.

According to Jost, the Bradley Chorale students will pay for the trip to Denmark individually.

“A spring talent show will be hosted to raise funds for the trip this year,” Chorale president Jennifer Walker said. “The tickets sold by each member of the Bradley Chorale will go toward paying for the individual cost of their trip. In addition, CDs with the top songs from the past three years of Bradley Chorale performances can be purchased for $15.”

Scholarships through Jost are offered for students with differing financial needs. The tickets that are sold at the door of the spring talent show go toward scholarship money.

“The most rewarding aspect of the trip is connecting with people from another country by making beautiful music together,” Virgilio said.

According to Walker, the Chorale will mainly sing in schools and church concerts in Denmark.

“Choir tours are unique because you are not just a tourist sightseeing, but you are sharing something of your own with the community you are in,” Jost said. “When we travel to Denmark, we will be sharing our music.”