Historic festival choir seeks singers statewide

Oklahoma City – The Good News Festival with Franklin Graham is seeking singers from across the state to join the Festival Choir which will perform on the second day of the Festival, Sunday, August 23rd, and also sing back-up for Grammy award-winning musical artist Michael W. Smith. Oklahoma City will host the first local choir to perform at a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Festival since 2008. The choir will be singing multiple selections, three of which will be with Michael W. Smith. The Good News Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23 at Chesapeake Arena.

Singers must attend two of the three scheduled rehearsals Aug. 6, 11, 13, and 17 and need to be at least 13 years of age. Participants do not have to be a member of a church or civic choir to participate. However, whole choirs are encouraged to join as well as individuals. Both individuals and groups can register online at okcgoodnews.org/choir-sign-ups.

Rehearsals will take place at the following times and locations:

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 NE 27th Street, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 11, Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 NE 7th Street, Oklahoma City, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 13, Putnam City Baptist Church, 11401 N. Rockwell Avenue, Oklahoma City; 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 17, First Baptist Church, 501 SW B Ave, Lawton, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Choirs located 40 miles or more outside Oklahoma City that want to participate in the Festival Choir and for whom transportation to rehearsals is prohibitive are encouraged to contact Festival Associate Melinda Strickland at 405-702-0320, or email mstrickland@bgea.org to make alternate rehearsal arrangements. Dr. Randy Lind, Director of the Festival Choir, is happy to conduct rehearsals for groups of 50 or more outside Oklahoma City, and encourages choirs to invite neighboring churches and choirs to join them. The Festival does not want distance to prevent choirs in outlying areas from participating.

Dr. Randy Lind is the Worship and Music Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and also directs the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma and the Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma.

“There is a rich history of sacred music in Oklahoma and the Billy Graham Crusades,” said Dr. Lind. “I encourage everyone who enjoys singing to join the Festival Choir, whether they sing in a church choir or not. God uses music to change the heart, and we are praying that many hearts will be opened to the Lord through song.”

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is bringing The Good News Festival with Franklin Graham to the Chesapeake Arena Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23 for two days of music, worship and a special message by Franklin Graham. The choir will perform Sunday, Aug. 23. Musical guests at the Festival include Grammy nominated band Skillet and singer songwriter Lacey on Saturday, Aug. 22. In addition to Michael W. Smith, worship duo All Sons and Daughters will perform on Sunday, Aug. 23. For more information, call the Festival office at 405-702-0320, email okcgoodnews@bgea.org, or visit OKCgoodnews.org. To join the choir, register online at okcgoodnews.org/choir-sign-ups.

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