PITTSBURG — Church choirs from two denominations will be united as one on Easter Sunday to sing during services.
The Pittsburg Presbyterian Church choir, under the direction of Music Director and Choirmaster Susan Laushman, and Our Lady of Lourdes choir, under the direction of Carol Cook, have been working on four choral anthems for almost a month and will combine both of their choirs on Easter Sunday at both of their church's Sunday services at 9 a.m at Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes and at 11 a.m at Pittsburg Presbyterian.
This will be the first time these two churches have combined choirs under the direction of Laushman and Cook.
In an email a Pittsburg State University student Long Xiao shared his experience in the choir.
“This collaboration of two churches shows that even though we belong to different denominations, we can be united through faith and music.” Xiao Long said. “As an international student from China, I'm grateful to be part of this experience.”
“Music is a universal language,” Laushman said.
The music features traditional Easter Hymns two of which are “Strife is Or’e” and “Hail Thee, Festival Day.”
The combined choir will be accompanied by strings and brass musicians and organists. The Munguia family will be playing strings and Cooper Neil, Wyatt Smith, Trey Wadell and Lucas Warford will be playing brass.Virginia Darling and Kathleen Brown-Secora will be organists and Laushman will be playing the organ and conducting.
The choirs had to learn both Laushman and Cook’s conducting styles.
“What can be difficult is learning to follow a new director,” Laushman said.
Cook said she feels scheduling was the most difficult thing about joining two choirs with 50 members.
“Scheduling was difficult because everyone was busy — in the end it was all a matter of scheduling,” she said.
Cook said coming together as a choir was not too difficult, as she and Laushman have been friends for a long time and the choir members know each other from their presence in the community.
“Everyone is friends,” she said. “It worked quite well and easily.
“This has been a wonderful experience for everyone.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.