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.
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!”