Join The Choir For “Homecoming”

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

TheIssacs225The Isaacs are one of the groups featured at the Gaither Homecoming concertYes, you can sing with a local choir at the Gaither Homecoming Christmas concert at Van Andel Arena. .
“Any number of singers can join,” said Chris Hansen, the Grand Rapids music director who is heading up the local choir effort.

“We’re hoping for about 70 or 80, but we can have as many as possible.”

The Dec. 13 concert features stellar artists such as the Grammy-winning Bill Gaither and his Gaither Vocal Band, sibling trio The Martins, the bluegrass-inspired Isaacs and funnyman Mark Lowry among others.

The locally-assembled choir will supplement the singers on many of the seasonal songs – such as the chorus on “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” performed by The Martins; and “O Holy Night” sung by Gaither Vocal Band soloist David Phelps. The familiar carol “Joy To The Word” is also on the song list.

There is a fee to be part of the choir. It costs $25 to participate, but that’s less than the price of a concert ticket. It includes the cost of printed music and CD as well as a ticket. “And they’re great seats….right next to the stage,” Hansen noted.

Hansen has worked up choirs for several previous Gaither concerts at the arena. He is director of Hark Up Music ( the non-profit organization which produces its own annual Christmas show and features several instrumental and vocal ensembles that perform throughout the year.
There’s just a single rehearsal for the Van Andel event at the Hark Up Loft, 800 Monroe Ave. NW. on Tuesday December 9 from 7 to 9 pm

The rehearsal isn’t absolutely mandatory, but organizers do need to know in advance if someone is not attending.

Choir music and audio files will be available online via a Drop Box site after a singer registers.

The local voices will arrive at Van Andel a full hour before the concert. Dress code is “classy black and white” (coats and nice dresses).

     Inquiries can be directed to Hansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or visit online.
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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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