Special concert, special reunion in Harris

Singers from Chicago-based college perform at Harris Covenant Church on ‘Sing a New Song’ tour

It was quite a reunion for Ellie Weihsmann, who got to sing and share what a Chicago-based college has meant to her in front of family and friends Monday night at Harris Covenant Church.

The University Choir and Chamber Singers from North Park University are presenting free and open-to-the-public concerts on their “Sing a New Song” tour. With performances in Duluth and Minneapolis, the school was happy to make a special stop along the Interstate 35 path.

Equally happy was Harris Covenant Church Pastor Steve Weihsmann who with pride watched his daughter sing with a university that has been integrating faith and learning since its founding in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church. Several from the congregation and community attended the performance, as well.

Ellie Weihsmann, a first-year music education major, joined 50 fellow students from North Park’s undergraduate and graduate music programs in performing both classical and contemporary sacred and secular music including works by René Clausen, Baldassare Galuppi, Claude Debussy and arrangements by Moses Hogan and Randall Thompson.

“North Park challenges me musically and inspires me spiritually,” she said in between songs Monday night. “For those in choir, band, worship teams … What better place to share your gifts and talents than with others with the same interests?”

Based in Chicago, North Park University is a Christian comprehensive university that serves nearly 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country and world. Within a diverse, close-knit, urban community, North Park offers a values-based education to students through 40 undergraduate majors and an adult degree-completion program, as well as graduate and continuing education in business, nonprofit management, nursing, education, music and theology.

Photos by Jon Tatting


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