West Tisbury church choir shares songs with soldiers


Choir members from the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will share their music with wounded soldiers and veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C., on October 27-31.

The 17 members will perform at four venues in four days, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the World War II Memorial Plaza on the mall, the National Naval Medical Center chapel in Bethesda, and the VA Hospital extended living community atrium. The group will stay at the Hampton Inn in Silver Spring, Md.

“The choir had raised money for a trip and decided what better way to use it than to go and sing for the vets,” said Linda Berg, the choir’s director for 13 years.

Over the past two years the group’s fundraising efforts included several performances of a gospel music concert and the sale of CD recordings of the concert. They also sold canvas totes and solicited donations.

Ms. Berg put together a program of a cappella jazz standards for the choir’s performance at Walter Reed, because there is no piano in the cafeteria where they will sing. Their performances at the other venues will include gospel music and a song from a mass Ms. Berg wrote for the choir.

The public is welcome to attend the choir’s final rehearsal on October 26 at 7 pm at the church, located at 1051 State Road. Ms. Berg said the informal rehearsal would last about a half hour.