Lutheran youth in Washington can carry a tune--even to Washington, D.C., and Norway.
Emanuel Lutheran Church, Yelm, Wash., was well-represented when the Yelm Prairie Elementary Chorus sang If It Takes a Village at President Clinton's inauguration. Clinton invited the chorus after he heard them sing during a campaign stop.
The Emanuel contingent included Rachel Young and her parents, Dwayne and Claire; Cristina Slease and her mother, Kathy; Joey DePinto; and Chuck Hall, school superintendent, and his wife, Katy.
The chorus performed at the Millennium Schoolhouse Tent on the Mall and rode a bus in the inaugural parade with their song as background music. The group also toured the city, Capitol and White House.
Lutherans are touring Norway in June as part of the Norwegian Youth Choir of Tacoma, Wash. The choir directors are sisters Iral Battin and Nadine Hanson, members of Mount Zion Lutheran Church. Their children sing in the choir too.
The 27-member choir performs about 40 times a year at concert halls, schools and retirement homes, including charity events and ethnic celebrations.
In Norway the choir hopes to sing again for the country's king and queen. The royal couple heard the group during a 1995 tour of the Pacific Northwest.
For Sonja Nesvig, 14, the concert tour will be like going home. She spent her early years in Norway, where her father, Philip, First Lutheran Church, Tacoma, was pastor of the Stavanger International Church.
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