Milo Shares Music in Roseburg

May 13, 2016 | Kathy Hernandez

Milo Adventist Academy’s music department performed “Lenten Meditations in Music” on Feb. 19 during a special Friday service at First Presbyterian Church in Roseburg, Ore. The church has a lunchtime concert series each Friday during Lent to help prepare its members spiritually for Easter. 

Milo’s music director, Leonard Hild, told his students after the concert that he “had many wonderful comments from our Presbyterian friends, ranging from ‘mesmerizing’ to ‘stunning’ to ‘moving’ to ‘unbelievable repertoire.’ A few said they could see that you love good music and you love God.”

Hild believes in reaching out to the community. The invitation to First Presbyterian came as a result of his students’ interaction last fall. He took a small group of students each Tuesday to rehearse Handel’s Messiah with an interdenominational group of musicians at the Roseburg Presbyterian Church. They performed at the Roseburg Adventist Church and with a full orchestra at the Myrtle Creek Church of God. 

Sophomore Noahnna Fullmer was one of the participants in the Messiah. She says, “It was a great experience and helped my singing. I enjoyed it a lot. It was great to be a part of a choir that big and that skilled.”

Junior Vanessa Valenzuela says she “enjoyed the practices because we were all in sectionals the first hour practicing the parts that we didn't know that well. The second hour was all the choir together, and it sounded majestic.”

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