Union hosts 61st annual Mid-America Music Festival

More than 180 high school students will decend on the Union College campus this week for the 61st annual Mid-America Union Music Festival. The event kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 5 and culminates with a concert on Sabbath, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m.

This year, choral students represent the select choirs from nine academies, primarily from the Mid-America Union territory, with the exception of DayStar Academy in Utah. Two major concerts are the highlight of the weekend.

The first takes place during Family Worship vespers on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CST at the College View Church sanctuary. A choral piece will be presented by each of the academy choirs, followed by performances from the Union College choral groups, Unionaires and the Twelve. A mass choir piece concludes the night.

The highlight of the weekend will take place in the College View Church sanctuary at 4:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, Feb. 6, to end the Sabbath. With music ranging from early American Sacred Harp songs to contemporary spirituals, the mass choir, under the director of Union College professor of music Dan Lynn, will present a wide variety of music styles including John Ness Beck’s “Vision of St. John,” a three-part work dramatically portraying the main concepts of Revelation, with organ accompaniment from guest organist Brent Shaw.

Both concerts will be broadcast live on UCLive at www.ucollege.edu/uclive. Concert performances will also be archived for on-demand viewing.

Participating schools

Campion Academy—Loveland, Colo.
Dakota Adventist Academy—Bismarck, N. D.
DayStar Adventist Academy—Castle Valley, Utah
Maplewood Academy—Hutchinson, Minn.
Midland Adventist Academy—Shawnee, Kans.
Mile High Academy—Denver, Colo.
Sunnydale Adventist Academy—Centralia, Mo.
Vista Ridge Academy—Brighton, Colo.

The College View Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at the corner of 48th and Prescott on the Union College campus. The concert will be free and open to the public.