COLLEGEVILLE, MN Christian Matthews, a student from the Diocese of Sioux City, is participating in this year's National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC).
Matthews, son of Paul and Laura Matthews from Emmetsburg, is a member of Holy Family Parish, Emmetsburg and a student at Bishop Garrigan High School.
The NCYC is made up of 35 high school students ages 14-18 from 17 states. The choir is sponsored by Saint John's University School of TheologySeminary and meets from June 17-24 and June 30-July 2 on the grounds of Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn.
During the two-week camp, the choir will tour three Midwestern states from June 25-30 (see tour schedule, below). This year's concert theme is, "For All the Saints." There is no charge to attend the concerts; however, a free-will offering will be collected to cover program costs.
NCYC was founded in 2000 by the Rev. Anthony Ruff, OSB. The choir sings music of various Christian traditions, ranging from medieval Gregorian chant to 20th-century music and is led by world renowned choral conductor Axel Theimer.
Up to 45 students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 from across the United States are selected to participate in the choir based on written applications, formal recommendations and recorded auditions. The camp and tour generally takes place the last two weeks in June.
The public can visit the choir's website at www.catholicyouthchoir.org to view daily camp and concert tour photos beginning June 18, to make an online donation or host a future concert. Chorister applications are accepted annually from October through mid-March. Application and audition information are also available on the website.