PITTSBURG — Vocalists ages 14 to 89 will come together for a concert Thursday at Memorial Auditorium.

The Pittsburg Multigenerational Chorus will present a free concert titled “Sing4Peace” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The theme for the concert is world peace. Director Susan Laushman said she usually doesn’t like themed concerts, but this time was different.

“I was at a conference in July when there were more shootings and attacks,” Laushman said. “With so much violence, the theme of peace seemed like a no brainer.”

The chorus is made up of Pittsburg High School students, Pittsburg State University students and many other community members. At the concert, the chorus will perform song such as “Imagine,” “One Day” and “Sound of Silence.”

This is the eighth year that Laushman has organized and directed a multigenerational chorus. She said it was sparked by interest from the community.

“So many community members had asked me about starting a community chorus, but I just didn’t have the time,” Laushman said. “So I began to bring community members into the classroom.”

Laushman is the vocal music teacher at PHS and two of her classes are part of the multigenerational chorus. From August to September community members spend two days a week in Laushman’s classroom for about two hours. Female members attend class with Girls Glee, an all-female chorus, and male community members practice with Encore, a mixed chorus.

The “Sing4Peace” concert is open to the public and free of charge.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.