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Concert Choir will travel to convention

This spring, the Dordt College Concert Choir will travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to participate in an American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) convention. The convention, held from March 4-6, hosts a wide variety of choirs from the ACDA's North Central Division. To be invited to the convention, choirs submit recordings of their repertoire from the past three years.

"All kinds of groups are invited-college, church, and community choirs," says director Benjamin Kornelis. "We were competing in the college and university level, with schools of all sizes." Kornelis is particularly excited because this is the first time the Concert Choir has been invited to the convention since he first came to Dordt. At the convention, the choir will participate in a "Music and Worship Event" at First Lutheran Church. Under the leadership of John Walker, the event will also include performances by the Women's Chorus from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Doane College Concert Choir.

Although Kornelis is excited about the prospect of getting Dordt's name out, he doesn't want to go to the convention just to "show off."

"Whenever I go to these types of events," he says, "it really raises the bar for me and lets me know what's possible, and I always come back with all these new ideas. I really hope it will do the same for the students as they hear different choirs and are directed by different directors."