Chorale Choir to make fourth excursion to area

FOSTORIA – The traveling ensemble of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, Cardinal Chorale is to make its fourth appearance in Fostoria.

The choir is to perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, 323 N. Wood St. The choir is to also perform at Good Shepherd Nursing Home the following morning. The tour began Friday and is to conclude Thursday.

The choir first stopped in Fostoria in 2009.

Members of the choir are a group of 48, including those chosen through taped auditions and veterans of the youth choir. The youth choir began in 1963 and the Cardinal Chorale began in 1995.

The music is a variety of songs from sacred pieces, musical theater, popular favorites and patriotic, said the Cardinal Chorale’s tour manager, Joshua Senn.

“It is a wide spectrum of music. There is something for everyone,” Senn said.

Zoleka Lali has been part of the youth choir and Cardinal Chorale for just a year, but said she has found joy from performing.

Lali, a 2012 graduate of St. Wendelin Catholic School, plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Force.

“Performing in the choir has been quite an honor and it is amazing that I was picked out of all the amazing talent,” Lali said. “Music has been a real interest and I enjoy doing it. I definitely want to integrate music into my life when I do get my own career in the future.

State choir members have to memorize 60 songs and give 100 performances for the Cardinal Chorale, Lali said.

Gunnar Lentz, a 2012 Lakota High School graduate, has been performing with the state choir for four years and with the Cardinal Chorale for three years.

“Performing the choir has been the highlight of my summer,” Lentz said. “I can say there is nothing else like it.”