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Spencerville Adventist Academy Music Department, World State Theater, Museum of the Bible

Spencerville Adventist Academy Music Department Performs at Museum of the Bible

Story by Heidi Wetmore

The Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) Music Department recently presented a 90-minute concert in the World Stage Theater at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. The concert featured the Spencerville Ringers, under the direction of Jane Lanning; the Concert Winds, directed by Lisa Froelich; and the Strings, as well as Cantares— SAA’s select choir—under the direction of Robert A. Martinez. The concert marked the third time Lanning and the ringers have performed at the museum since 2016. It was especially meaningful to the students because they had been scheduled to perform at out-of-state events this year but were unable to attend due to COVID-19 concerns.

After their morning performance, the group walked to the National Mall to take a photo in front of the United States Capitol Building, ending the day with a tour of the Museum of the Bible.

“It was wonderful to have a performance experience in such a public venue as the Museum of the Bible,” says Martinez.

“It was our first time sharing our music with those outside of our Spencerville community, which is an awesome witness opportunity,” says Froelich. “It also brought a sense of teamwork to the ensemble as we learned how to travel as a band.”

Students were grateful to be able to tour the exhibits and participate in the concert. “Performing at the Museum of the Bible was the best feeling ever,” says Daniela Cruz (’22), a Cantares member.

SAA’s music directors hope to continue to foster the great relationship they have established with the museum for future performances and ministry opportunities

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