GRANITE CITY — Former Granite City Park Board Director David Polivick had a vision of a 100-voice choir and shared his idea with Carolyn Jenkins.
Twenty years later, the Master’s Voice Community Choir is celebrating with a 20th anniversary concert at 7 p.m. April 21-22 at Unity Baptist Church (formerly the Suburban Baptist Church), 2500 Sinclair Ave.
The church will open its doors for the free event but will accept an offering if anyone wishes to make a cash donation.
The choir, formerly known as the Patriots in the Park Choir, has roughly 14 original members, including director Carolyn Jenkins, who has held the baton from the first day.
“We had 100 members when the choir first started,” Jenkins said. “I believe we have a little more than 60 on the roster now. We held on to 100 members for several years, but it was hard to have that many people be able to commit. We have members from 23 church affiliations with a mission to uplift, edify and inspire through the joyful gift of music.”
Polivick’s idea began with an annual Fourth of July concert in the park as well as performing gospel concerts. After 16 years of performing on Independence Day, the choir added gospel concerts to its yearly schedule and changed the name to the Master’s Voice Community Choir.
“We felt the name change would reflect our new direction,” Jenkins said. “We added songs of worship and faith as well as some of the most-loved hymnals. Practicing and performing with this group is a lot of fun. We practice every Monday through our concert season.”
After taking a couple years off from the July concert, the Master’s Voice Community choir will return to the stage for the annual Patriots in the Park: Fourth of July celebration in Granite City in 2016.
“After adding gospel to our concert lineup, we took some time away from that event,” Jenkins said. “We were asked to return this year and we thought it was a good idea and the right timing with our 20th anniversary taking place. That really seals the celebration since that’s where we began.”
The Master’s Voice Community Choir rehearses roughly eight months per year and is not recruiting at this time.
“It has taken us quite a while to fine tune our sound,” Jenkins said. “We have recently invested in some costumes for the choir members and found a fantastic balance with our harmony.”