The Goshen College Vox Profundi low voice choir will spend their spring break touring and performing in churches and schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio from Feb. 26 through March 4, with a home concert on Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.
The tour will focus on the theme “Walk Through the Valley in Peace,” with special emphasis on sacred a cappella literature, and music that originates in places such as Russia, Finland, France, New Zealand, and from African American spirituals. The choir is directed by Dr. Scott Hochstetler, professor of music.
“The choral field has been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19, shuttering choral rehearsals and organizations across the world,” Hostetler said. “As difficult as it was to deal with a world without choirs, the situation helped us appreciate the power of the arts to help us face difficult times and to express our sorrows, joys and our longings.”
Vox Profundi, founded in January of 2004, follows in the long tradition of Goshen College low voice singing groups beginning with the men’s glee clubs and the Rambler Quartet of the early 1900s. Vox Profundi performs music from all genres and time periods with special emphasis on sacred a cappella literature. The group performs in on-campus choral concerts and represent the college on periodic tours.
Saturday, Feb. 26
Travel Day, arrive at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Sunday, Feb. 27
10:15 a.m., Worship and lunch at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Pennsylvania
7 p.m., Concert, West Philadelphia Mennonite
Monday, Feb. 28
11 a.m., Chapel, Dock Mennonite Academy
2:23 p.m., Chapel, Lancaster Mennonite School
7:30 p.m., Concert, Hyattsville Mennonite Fellowship
Tuesday, March 1
Free day in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, March 2
10 a.m., Chapel, Eastern Mennonite School, Harrisonburg, Virginia
7 p.m., Concert, Park View and Community Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Thursday, March 3
7 p.m., Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio
Friday, March 4
9 a.m., Convocation, Pettisville High School
9:35 a.m., Workshop with Pettisville Junior High Choir
Sunday, March 6
7:30 p.m., Tour Home Concert, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall
Jonah King (Normal, Illinois); Diego Torres (Goshen, Indiana); Victor Vegas (Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela); Phil Witmer-Rich (Chagrin Falls, Ohio)
Dontaye Albert (Brooklyn, New York); Lukas Bontrager-Waite (Goshen, Indiana); Cade Fisher (Goshen, Indiana); Noah Kauffman (Osceola, Indiana); Asa Schiller (Pasadena, California); Sam Scheele (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Andrew Smucker (Goshen, Indiana); Andrew Graber (Goshen, Indiana); Joel Yoder (Elkhart, Indiana)
Benjamin Reichenbach (North Manchester, Indiana); Evan King (Normal, Illinois); Jocsan Barahona Rosales (Goshen, Indiana); Daniel Stoltzfus (Harrisonburg, Virginia); Jonathan Weaver (Milwaukie, Oregon); Leif Billings (Indianapolis, Indiana); Benji Wall (Goshen, Indiana)
Tobias Garcia (Goshen, Indiana); Gabe Hartzler (Goshen, Indiana); Seth Smith Kauffman (Walnut Creek, Ohio); Conrad Liechty (Goshen, Indiana); Alex Miller (Middlebury, Indiana); Liam Minielly (Kingston, Ontario); Joseph Mounsithiraj (Goshen, Indiana); Brenton Phamh (Goshen, Indiana); Sam Stolpe (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)