In April, Bring the Sing brought its community-choir magic to the birthplace of Classical MPR, Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., capping a two-day celebration there of MPR's 50th anniversary and its long association with St. John's and its sister institution, the College of St. Benedict.
G. Phillip Shoultz, III led choirs from both colleges as well as nearly 400 singers drawn from central Minnesota and from around the state. The event, which took place in the architecturally famed St. John's Abbey, also capped this year's Bring the Sing season; earlier gatherings took place in Rochester and in Duluth.
Minnesotans are discovering the joy and community of singing together in large numbers through Bring the Sing and will be able to do so throughout the coming year, too. On August 13, as part of a weekend-long celebration of the newly restored State Capitol, Bring the Sing teams up with VocalEssence for a come-one-come-all community sing that will include familiar folksongs, hymns and other pieces. Special guests will be announced.
Three other Bring the Sing events that will take place in greater Minnesota are in the planning stages.