New UWP gospel choir makes faith rock

April 3, 2003

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2003_04_03.jpgPLATTEVILLE- A hand-clapping gospel choir is springing up where none was heard before at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The newly organized choir is dedicated to gospel-style music and more. UWP's Gospel Choir is also a place of rich spiritual growth and ministry to others, said choir director Katie Kinjerski.

While most members are part of InterVarsity, a Christian student organization, the choir is open to non-Christians as well, Kinjerski said.

Gospel choirs usually embrace the challenge of racial diversity that testifies to God's love, Kinjerski added. "We welcome all people to join our group. We're relaxed and free, and this is a great way to meet new friends."

Gospel choir officers meet weekly for prayer and bible study and also offer a bible study during rehearsal times. During a recent planning session, students gathered for prayer in the Pioneer Student Center, holding hands while they prayed.

A Denmark, Wis., native majoring in public relations at UWP, Kinjerski is a transfer student from UW-La Crosse where she was involved with a gospel choir there. "A gospel choir is a great way to express yourself, no matter what your musical ability is," she said.

Choir member Audrey Lange is making her singing debut with the new group. "I've always loved to sing, but this is my first organized group," said Lange. Being part of the group enhances Lange's spiritual dimension as well.

Brent Boorsma, who sings tenor, said being part of the choir is not only unique but also enjoyable.

Alan Bago enjoys the movement and style of gospel music. Bago serves as bible study coordinator "We bring messages that strengthen our faith," he said.

Choir treasurer Ahna Henderson sings alto in the choir and brings a rich and varied experience to the group.

The choir meets for practice Sunday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Platteville, working on contemporary, traditional and spiritual style music.

For further information on getting involved, call Kinjerski at 608-348-8947.

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