FOSTORIA - Cardinal Chorale is coming back to the area.
Cardinal Chorale, the traveling ensemble of All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, is to sing at 7:30 p.m. June 26 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria. It also is to perform for residents of Good Shepherd Nursing Home the next day.
The group, which started in 1995, also visited Fostoria in 2009 and 2011.
Cardinale Chorale members are selected by taped audition and are choir veterans, according to the choir's website.
Cardinal Chorale offers performances at Ohio State Fair and has sung for Ohio Fair Managers' conference, the statehouse's rededication celebration, Ohio Vocational Education Conference and an Ohio Music Education Association conference, the website states.
Josh Senn, a 2009 graduate of Seneca East High School and a student studying music education at Ohio State University, is a staff member and sings in Cardinal Chorale.
He said he gets a great sense of family and community from being in the group. It has a great atmosphere, and it is fun working with so many singers from around Ohio, he said.
The vocalists have a good time when they're together, he said.
Senn said the group is to meet in Coshocton June 22. Members are to rehearse that night and leave on the tour the next day.
"We will give at least probably around a dozen concerts," he said.
Members of the chorale have songs memorized from the previous two state fairs, so the group's set list dates back to 2010.
"We'll have 2010 and 2011 songs, so we'll have about 75 songs in our repertoire that our director can choose from, but we'll probably only sing about 60 or so of them," he said.
Senn said he is looking forward to returning to Fostoria. He said it is close to home, so he can see many family members and friends.
Acoustically, the church is a great place to sing in, he said.
"It's really, really nice," he said.
While in Fostoria, the group is to take up a freewill offering to help with tour costs.