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Augustana Choir reunion concert set for July 9

March  15, 2011

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Former and current members of the Augustana Choir are invited to attend the encore to the Augustana Choir Reunion of 2000. On July 8-10, choir members will reconnect with friends, families and former conductors in Naperville, Ill.

Augustana's three choir directors since 1966 will lead the reunion choir in rehearsal and then perform a concert at Naperville's Good Shepherd Lutheran Church that will be open to the public. The conductors are Don Morrison, 1966-1993; Dr. Roger Wesby, 1993-1996; and Dr. Jon Hurty, 1996-present.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for choir members of many different eras to join together to celebrate the music and legacy of the Augustana Choir," said Brian Warner '80, one of this year's reunion organizers. "We also hope alumni in the area will be able to attend the reunion concert."

Highlights of the weekend include:

• Friday, July 8: Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill. - welcome reception 7-10 p.m.

• Saturday, July 9: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill. - reunion choir rehearsals 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; reunion concert 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday, July 10: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church morning worship; time not yet determined.

The registration fee for the reunion is $60. This fee will help cover the cost of the conductors' travel, host facility expenses, sheet music (which participants may keep) and refreshments throughout the weekend, including Whitey's ice cream at the post-concert reception.

Find details and register at augustana.edu/choirreunion or call (800) 798-8100, ext. 7592. Please register by March 15. If you need additional information, contact Brian Warner at bwarner58@comcast.net.

Contact Augustana Magazine editor Debbie Blaylock by email; by phone at (309) 794-8979; or by mail at Augustana College, 639 38th St., Rock Island, Ill., 61201.