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May 7, 2013

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BCF Women's Ensemble on Spring tour.

Stops in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Keystone Heights, and Leesburg filled the itinerary of The Baptist College of Florida's (BCF) Women's Ensemble Spring tour that started April 24 and ended April 28. The ensemble, led by BCF Professor Buford Cox, performed at several high schools including Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, and Leesburg High School and First Academy in Leesburg. The ladies also sang at several churches including Madison Street Baptist Church in Starke, Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights, First Baptist Church in Live Oak, and the tour concluded at First Baptist Church of Woodville in Tallahassee.

Choral directors welcomed the ladies into their classrooms with enthusiasm and excitement as their students were able to experience choral-life in a college setting. The ensemble not only sang for each class but also shared what life is like attending The Baptist College of Florida. The ladies ensemble was also treated in hearing the choral groups of each class sing their favorite tunes.

The Women's Ensemble had the opportunity to perform in several impromptu settings. As questions were asked about the matching outfits, the ladies felt compelled to share their voices. From the hotel desk clerk being serenaded with Amazing Grace, several restaurant performances, to singing a couple of special songs to a former Graceville resident battling cancer in Keystone Heights, Fla., it seemed each spontaneous performance had a divine purpose and intention.

According to Leadership and Christian Education major Bethany Grebeta, "The most memorable part of tour was making lasting relationships with my sisters in Christ. I loved hearing their hearts for the Lord through their devotions and testimonial times. I was able to get to know ladies I never talked with before, especially with the night time pairings."

"This was one of the best tours in recent history," stated Cox reflecting on the trip. "God's blessings were evident in the scheduling, the singing, the interaction with our hosts both in churches and in schools, the impromptu opportunities to sing and share, and the time to strengthen relationships within the group. The ladies just outdid themselves."

For more information about the Women's Ensemble or to request a performance, please contact Dr. Cox at 850-263-3261, ext. 432 or becox@baptistcollege.edu.

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