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  • Writer's pictureClarissa Rosario

Making a Joyful Noise to the Lord

Every day from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m., a harmonious blend of angelic voices comes together to praise the Lord. Around 40 individuals of various ages gather at the choir clinic, offering their talents in adoration. Under the direction of Kathy Russell, the choir is accompanied by a variety of instruments, including guitar, tambourine, trumpet, trombone, piano, tuba, and timpani, which enhance the melodic voices of the sopranos, altos, and tenors.

The choir members practice joyfully, preparing for their Sabbath debuts with songs like “Days of Elijah,” “Come Holy Spirit,” “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” and “He Leadeth Me.” This camp choir is a cherished tradition, with all participants volunteering from various places, not just the North Carolina Conference.

Russell, who received the director’s baton in 2007, finds immense joy in serving as the choir director. She regards it as a blessing for herself, the audience, and the choir members. Many members have shared how singing these songs profoundly impacts their lives, highlighting their longing for the soon return of Jesus. Russell acknowledges the special nature of the choir, particularly in an era where church choirs are becoming less common.

The choir’s repertoire is a beautiful mixture of contemporary songs, hymns, and melodies. Russell encourages everyone to join the choir, emphasizing that no experience or audition is required—just a heart ready to praise the Lord. “Here we don’t sting, here we have fun praising the Lord,” she says.

The choir will be performing during the second service on Sabbath morning and at the evening program from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. Attendees can look forward to enjoying the joyful and uplifting performances that have become a beloved tradition at camp meeting.

—Clarissa Rosario

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