Reedsburg Chior concert 2

The Reedsburg Area Community Choir is in the early stages of preparing for their first spring concert April 29 at the Cal Center.

Contributed by Barb Klang

Winter has just begun. However, the Reedsburg Area Community Choir is already thinking ahead to spring with preparing for its first spring concert.

Practice for the choirs spring concert will begin Feb. 11 and will be every Sunday at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Reedsburg leading up to the concert date at 2 p.m. April 29 at the Cal Center. Member Bill Klang said membership is open to any adult in the community who love to sing.

“There’s quite a bit of people with interest who would like to join us,” Klang said. “We’re open to anybody and anywhere around the area within driving distance who want to come and sing with us.”

Director Bill Voigt said the title of the concert is “Choral Favorites” which involves a selection of songs from Broadway, church and spiritual music.

“Our ultimate goal is I’d like this to be listener music I want everybody to enjoy everything we are doing,” Voigt said. “I think it’s definitely more entertaining music than anything else.”

Last fall was the first time the organization preformed at its Christmas Cantata, “The Heart of Christmas,” which was met with positive reaction from the community. At the cantata, the choir raised over $1,000 through a free will offering to go towards the food pantry in Reedsburg. The offering is something they hope to continue to raise money for other local organizations at the spring concert.

“It would be neat if we were always able to do that,” Voigt said.

Because the organization is new, they are trying to find ways to fundraise as well as apply for some grants to assist with expenses. Klang said sheet music can run between one to two dollars a sheet, times the number of 50 people currently in the choir and multiple songs on the list and folders for music and facility fees, expenses can add up quickly. The group currently has a GoFundMe page which has raised $515 out of a $2,000 goal.

“We have to see if there are some ways we can raise some money so we can pay for things,” Klang said.

Anyone interested in joining the choir or donating can contact Voigt through his email at wcvoigt@gmail.com.

Contact Erica Dynes at 608-393-5346 or on Twitter @EDynes_CapNews.