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University of St. Francis choral director to co-direct JoyFest in Rockford

Event set for Oct. 4-5

Paul Laprade
Paul Laprade

The University of St. Francis’ director of choral activities will co-direct a community music festival in October put on by the college’s music department.

USF’s Music Department will be presenting JoyFest in Rockford with the Illinois-American Choral Directors’ Association. Paul Laprade, USF’s choral director, will work with Donald Dumpson, the founding conductor of the Westminster Choir College Jubilee Singers.

JoyFest is an event for directors and singers in which gospel, spirituals and traditional music will be used to bridge cultures, communities and approaches to meaningful music making, according to a news release.

“JoyFest is intended to create community and shared experiences through choral music, with an eye toward bringing people from diverse socio-economic, racial and ethnic heritages together in a joyful experience,” Laprade said in the release.

Any choir, high school age and above, that is interested in learning about gospel music can participate in JoyFest, according to the event website, for a suggested donation.

JoyFest will begin with a communal meal at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 with rehearsals being held after the meal and throughout Oct. 5. The event will conclude with a free, celebratory concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

Visit il-acda.org/events/joyfest to register for the event. For information, contact Paul Laprade at plaprade@stfrancis.edu.

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