Projected Tour Dates
July 5-21, 2020
The meeting point for rehearsal and tour will be in Holmes County, Ohio.
Where We're Going
The exact tour route is still being determined, but will include music and sight-seeing highlights in Romania.
Grow as a Singer
Travelling is fun, but we plan tour to be about more than just that. That includes growing in faith, and in skill as singers.
Registration for 2020 tour is closed.
Voice of Light Chorale seeks to give Anabaptist singers an opportunity to share the Gospel through song in Romania. Our goal is to help each choir member grow in faith, develop as musicians, and learn through engaging with each other as well as with Christians living and worshipping in a different cultural context.
2020 Romania Tour
Our 2020 tour will take you through the winding streets of rural villages in the Carpathian Mountains, have you singing with church choirs three times the size of ours, invite you to explore picturesque cities, and enjoy the food and hospitality of new friends in cities and villages.
You’ll have the chance to visit historic sites, learn first-hand about Romanian culture, and connect with people whose lives are very different and yet very similar to ours.
Visiting Romania is rewarding and enriching, and we invite you to share this experience with us.
Read about the last Tour
Our blog tells of the last adventure to Romania.
For over ten years, Franklin’s family lived and served at the Nathaniel orphanage in Suceava, Romania. Music was a significant part of Romanian life, and Franklin grew to love and appreciate music during his time in Romania. After returning to the U.S. in 2006, Franklin and his sister began Minerva Community Choir which he has conducted since it’s beginning. Franklin graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Music from Kent State University where he served as the assistant for Kent Chorus. He and his amazing wife, Brittany, and fledgling daughter Willow live in Holmes Co. Ohio where he teaches music at Legacy Christian School. He also serves as an instructor at Shenandoah Christian Music Camps during the summer. As chorister, Franklin has served with Kent Chorale, Kent Presbyterian Church Choir, Sonnenberg Station, Canton Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Oasis Chorale, Heart & Voice, and Hope Singers. Fluent in Romanian, he also serves as the language interpreter for the choir. Franklin believes that music should be dynamic, and loves to infuse life and energy into the music making process.
For more than two years, Jotham also lived with his family at the Nathaniel orphanage in Suceava, Romania. Coming from a singing family, it didn’t take long for Romanian songs to become a part of his family’s everyday life. Jotham took up music composition as a hobby and later graphic design as a vocation. He currently runs an online business helping craftsmen sell their handmade products, and serves as webmaster for several organizations, including Oasis Chorale and Shenandoah Christian Music Camp. Jotham was a charter member of Oasis Chorale, and has also sung with Hope Singers, Minerva Community Choir, Heart & Voice, and the SCMC Chamber Choir, and has served as tour director for Minerva Community Choir. A chronic traveller, he has to date invaded (but not taken over) more than 20 countries, and has no plans to stop. Still somewhat fluent in Romanian, he also serves as an interpreter for the choir. Having been a choir member on international tours, Jotham has a vision for creating choir tours to help spread the Gospel that also make choir members of all ages say at the end, “I’d do that again in a heartbeat!”
What languages will we sing in?
How long is tour?
We meet for tour on July 5 and return from tour on July 21, 2020. Pre-tour rehearsal is March 6-8, 2020.
Is there an age limit?
We welcome those 18 years of age and older to apply (but will consider applicants who are 17 years of age). At the other end of the timeline, if you’re 90+ we very respectfully suggest shuffleboard in Florida as a possible alternative to tour.
What is the cost of tour?
Tour costs will be approximately $2800-3000. This includes most tour expenses (airfare, most meals, lodging in Romania, and bus transportation).
How do I apply for tour?
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I've never travelled to another country. Yikes!!
You’ll be just fine! An international trip may seem overwhelming, but you’re not on your own. If you have questions, just ask!