Social Justice Choir Festival

    March 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
    St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
    3809 E 3rd St
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    “This 2nd-annual choir festival will feature the renowned choral musician Steven Zielke returning to Arizona as guest conductor. This collaborative event will respond to the pressing social justice issues of our time and brings together a network of choral singers, music directors, religious leaders and community members. Participants will represent church choirs and community ensembles that share a passion for social justice and the transformative power of choral music.

    Rehearsals from 9 a.m. to noon
    Final rehearsal from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
    The Choir Festival Concert will begin at 7 p.m.

    St. Mark’s is coordinating this event in response to the pressing social justice issues of our time, and to cultivate a network of choral singers, music directors, religious leaders and community
    members. Participants will explore the themes of conflict and resolution, peace and struggle, with the clinician. The festival events will feature the acclaimed choral clinician and conductor Steven Zielke, who will lead rehearsals and workshops on how choral music serves as a vehicle for bringing people together and healing divisions in our communities.

    Those with a desire to increase social justice in our world and inspire those with the same passion are encouraged to sing in the choir or attend the performance. Choir directors and others who want to take part in the festival should contact St. Mark’s music director Mike Scionti at or (520) 395-6551. A registration fee of $25 per participant is requested to help cover the festival costs, but no individual will be denied access to the festival for financial reasons.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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