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St. Martin’s Handbell Choir Participates In National Convention



The youth handbell choir of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Archbold, will participate in the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) national convention, Tuesday, July 2, at Valparaiso (Ind.) University.

The choir of 12 youths ranging from sixth through tenth grades will play as a part of a morning prayer service.

Two substantial anthems will be presented in the worship service, along with other music to accompany the liturgy of the service.

The convention runs from June 30 to July 3.

“St. Martin’s has developed a reputation among Lutheran musicians as being a congregation with a strong worship life,” said Steve Basselman, music director at St. Martin’s and an ALCM member.

Because of this, an invitation was extended last year to bring a musical ensemble to the convention, he said.

Basselman directs the choir with adult assistance from Jessica Short and Brenda Avers.

Youths traveling with the group are Andrea Avers, Eliza Avers, Zach Basselman, Erica Breier, Erin Erbskorn, Adam Grisier, Lydia Grime, Zach Hutchinson, Moriah Reichert, Katie Short, Kenzie Short, and MacKenna Whitacre.

Along with participating in one of the convention worship services, the group will attend a concert given by the National Lutheran Choir.

The St. Martin’s youth bell choir is a music ministry available to the youths of the congregation beginning in fifth grade. The choir was started in the summer of 2009, with many of the original youths still ringing as a part of the group.

This year’s group has been rehearsing since February in preparation for the event.

The choir will present the music they are preparing for the convention worship service as a part of the worship service at St. Martin’s, Sunday, June 30, 9 a.m.



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