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Mile High Chapter Choir at Vail Farmer’s Market

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to Daily/Ned RadinskyThe Mile High Chapter Choir is comprised of singers from 12 Denver area churches. They perform on Sunday in Vail.

VAIL ” A dozen of Denver’s finest gospel singers will travel to Vail on Sunday to share their soulful gospel music ministry at the Vail Farmers’ Market. The Mile High Chapter Choir, the preeminent gospel choir in Denver, is slated to perform on Meadow Drive, on the plaza between Sunland Silver and Annie’s from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Mile High Chapter Choir was established in Denver in 1993 to minister with sacred music to reach the hearts of people everywhere. The all-star chorale group includes singers hailing from 12 Denver area churches, who perform in their own churches and together in both religious and secular settings throughout the region.

“Mile High Chapter Choir has been an essential element of the Vail Jazz Festival for over 10 years,” said Mia Vlaar, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation.

The music draws people in, said Gary Thornton, a regular volunteer for the Vail Jazz Festival.

“The music draws you in ” it’s a hand-clapping, rousing old time sound that make you want to get up and dance,” Thornton said.

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“Jazz has its roots in gospel music,” said Howard Stone, Vail Jazz Foundation chair and artistic director. “It all started at Congo Square in New Orleans, where the African rhythms were first blended with traditional European church music.”

Add call and response, percussion and dancing, and eventually instrumentation, and the music evolved to a point where it started taking on a life of its own ” the Blues, Jazz and more.

The Choir works in association with the largest gospel association in the world, the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), which was established more than 40 years ago to nurture gospel vocalists and instrumentalists in the United States and beyond.

The Vail Jazz Foundation presents Blues, standards, vocals and straight-ahead jazz to the Vail Farmers’ Market from noon to 3:30 p.m. through Aug. 24. Visit for more information about the Vail Jazz Festival.

Sunday, Mile High Chapter Choir

Aug, 3, Summit Jazz Consort

Aug. 10, Rick Weingarten Trio

Aug. 17, Kathy Morrow Trio

Aug. 24, Tony Gulizia Trio

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