MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Despite the soggy Sunday weather, the sun was shining inside Saint Michael Catholic Church in Marquette during the Marquette Choral Society's summer sing.
Accompanied by Percussionist, Carrie Biolo, Pianist, Jeff Bruning, Bass Player Jane Kansetrom and Student Conductor Julia Janowski, the group dipped into musical influences from around the world including South Africa and Korea for parts of the performance
The program also included a number of American religious-themed pieces, all arranged to celebrate the fleeting beauty of summer.
Conductor and Director of the Marquette Choral Society Dr. Erin Colwitz says these 50 singers wanted a way to stay in shape for the summer.
More importantly, the group accepted donations to help fund their May, 2020 trip to Italy.
""We'll be traveling to Florence, Venice, Rome singing a mass at the Vatican which will be very exciting. Of course it's a cultural experience for them as well, especially our music majors to see where all these composers came from and one point performed it's a wonderful experience for them,”Colwitz declared.
Colwitz says each member will pay roughly $3,500 for various travel, food expenses for the entire trip.
Click here to learn how you can contribute to the Italy trip any time.
Colwitz says she hopes the MCS continues to grow.
"The Marquette Choral Society is always welcoming new members. So if you’re interested in singing for the fall we start up again next week,” Colwitz announced.