On Tuesday, May 20, Music with a Mission will welcome the Elizabethtown College Concert Choir and Jazz Band as they swing through Windham on their spring tour in New England. The two groups are made up of more than 40 fine musicians from their small independent college in south central Pennsylvania. The Concert Choir and Jazz Band are composed of students with varied backgrounds and majors. They will perform a wide variety of music including works from Eric Whitacre, Morton Lauridsen and various legends of the big band jazz stage.

Throughout the college’s history, the Concert Choir and Jazz Band have performed a wide selection of music both regionally and internationally. In 2013, the ensembles spent a week in Brazil touring local schools, churches and philanthropic organizations. During their 2011 tour to Ireland and Northern Ireland, the choir performed in Dublin, Waterford, Galway, and Belfast.

The choir is under the direction of Dr. Matthew Fritz, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, who teaches choral methods, conducting, music technology, and leads several choirs. Fritz holds the doctor of musical arts in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was a classmate of Dr. Richard Nickerson’s, music director at Windham High School.

“We are delighted to welcome the Elizabethtown College Concert Choir and Jazz Band to Windham and the Music with a Mission concert series,” said Nickerson, who also serves as minister of music for North Windham Union Church. “I was excited to learn that my friend Matt Fritz would be touring through Maine with these groups. What a great opportunity to expose our local students and music lovers throughout the Lakes Region to some very talented choral and jazz musicians who are perfecting their skills at the college level.”

Suggested donation for the concert is $5 – all ages are welcome. The box office opens at 6:15 p.m. and the doors will open at 6:30. The North Windham Union Church is located at 723 Roosevelt Trail in Windham. For more information, call 892-7149 or email [email protected].

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