On June 14, 50 high school students will unite their voices in songs of praise for a free concert at South Main’s The Beach at 5 p.m.
Based in Lewisville, Texas, Voice of Praise is a choir of 50 high school students with the First Baptist Church of Lewisville. Directed by worship arts pastor Troy Freeman, they sing upbeat contemporary Christian and inspirational music.
“I absolutely love having the opportunity to encourage young people to use their God-given musical talents to bring glory to God and lead others in worship of the Creator,” Freeman says. “My relationship with Christ has changed my life, and my motivation is His call on my life to share His good news with everyone I meet.”
Freeman has worked in church music for 22 years at various churches around the county. He and his current choir travel on a mission trip every summer. They have recently sung and served in New Mexico, Tennessee and Illinois, and now they come to Colorado.
For most of their trip, Voice of Praise performed in Colorado Springs, singing for the Air Force Academy Chapel, Focus on the Family, Manitou Springs and some city parks.
They also served at local mission sites such as First Baptist Church Black Forest, Compassion International and Special Kids Special Families.
“Our final 2 days are going to be spent camping and whitewater rafting the Arkansas River in beautiful Buena Vista,” Freeman says. “Buena Vista provides a reprieve from the busyness of the city and allows the students a chance to experience God’s beautiful creation firsthand.”
Among these students is Dawson Holder, who has been with the choir for 4 years.
Holder learned about Voice of Praise through his friends in his dance company.
With an interest in singing, he decided to try out. Since his first audition, he’s been hooked to the choir.
“I love that Voice of Praise has so many high schoolers with variegated talents and interests,” Holder says. “We all excel at one thing or other, so it’s not all choir geeks who comprise our ranks. That makes our mission trips more effective and our rehearsals way more fun.”
He also loves getting to sing and minister around the country, and he is excited to do just that in Buena Vista as well.
“God’s Message needs to be heard everywhere, and I believe the power of music can bridge just about any divide and communicate the Gospel in a way that is endearing and digestible for all,” he says.
“Our theme verse for this year’s trip is Isaiah 52:7, which says, ‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.’ We can’t wait to share the Good News with the people of Colorado Springs and Buena Vista this summer!” Freeman adds.