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Seeking to reunite Methodist Festival Choir 1980

Seeking to reunite Methodist Festival Choir 1980

Wanted: anyone who sang and toured Europe as part of the 1980 Methodist Festival Choir.

Group photo of the 1980 Methodist Festival Choir

The 1980 Methodist Festival Choir was the first of nine annual choir tours that recruited young singers from across the U.S. Photo from Robert Palmer.

Robert Palmer of the Rio Texas Conference is trying to reunite as many of the original 150-member choir as possible next year for a reunion concert he hopes to organize in mid- to late summer.

He said he has located quite a few through Methodist connections, including one alumna now living in Lake City. He is hoping local churches in the Florida Conference will join others across the connection in posting this notice in a church bulletin or newsletter. He would like to compile a list and begin planning the concert by the end of March 2016.

Palmer was among the inaugural Methodist Festival Choir group 35 years ago that included teenagers and young adults from all over the U.S. The Methodist Festival Choir visited historical sites, missions and parish churches rich in Wesleyan history and Methodist heritage. The itinerary took them to Salisbury, Bristol, Leicester, Oxford, and London, England; Paris, France; Zurich, Switzerland; Salzburg, Austria; and Munich, Germany.

Palmer said the choir took its message through music to some of the most notable cathedrals and churches in Europe. The festival choir continued as an event for about nine years, he said.

Click here to read more about the choir on the Rio Texas Conference website. Contact Palmer at or (830) 469-2921.