West Central Singers is an adult mixed chorus based out of Willmar, MN, with members both from Willmar and other surrounding communities. We have been singing together since ‘the turn of the century’ (2001), and members are given the opportunity to use their vocal talents by rehearsing and performing a wide variety of rich SATB choral selections. We are under the direction of Mr. John Jahr, who is the Director of Worship and Music at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar.
This adult choir presents two concerts a year. Rehearsals begin in September for a late fall concert, and then again in January for our spring performance. We typically perform two concerts each season. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings in the choir room at Vinje Lutheran Church. Dues for the group are $20 per singer per season, and are used to offset the cost of music.
We sing both sacred and secular music, and have been known to include a little choreography on occasion. Some of the highlights of our years of performances include:
- Singing at a Sunday afternoon Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul in April 2002
- Performing the National Anthem at a Minnesota Twins game in September 2003
- A performance as part of a mass chorus at Carnegie Hall, NYC in February 2012
(presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)
We welcome anyone with a passion for music, harmony, and the rich tradition of choral music to join the group for a fulfilling, fun, and rewarding experience. Contact John Jahr at Vinje Lutheran Church for more information about this dynamic group!
From the Director
Thanks for visiting our website. My name is John Jahr and I am the director of the West Central Singers.
It's a treat for me to meet these lively musicians for rehearsal each week. The West Central Singers have great energy, boundless enthusiasm, and a desire to have fun while making beautiful music together. They are willing to try new things. They are eager to learn new and sometimes difficult music. They are willing to go "above and beyond" and we frequently step outside their comfort zones for the sake of attaining the best choral sound we can. Our Thursday night rehearsals are often a highlight of my week.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like a chance to sing with our group. All are welcome!
And please join us for our concerts. We try to make each concert memorable by including beloved favorites as well as introducing our audiences to new music. We perform a mixture of sacred and secular tunes. Each concert follows a theme and tells a story. We've sung Broadway show tunes and Psalms. We've sung the Rutter Requiem and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. We have our favorite anthems, and we enjoy learning new offerings that quickly become new favorites.
We in the West Central Singers appreciate the support we receive from our audiences and the whole community. Thank you for making it possible for us to sing together!
John D. Jahr
This web site is made possible by a grant from the Willmar Area Arts Council.