Sing for Sudan concert fundraiser nets $2,400

Aana Bendson and Greg Schieber received $5,000 Carrie Larson Memorial Scholarships, which were established by Marilyn and John Larson in memory of their daughter, Carrie, a 1989 alumna and Liturgical Choir member.

Sing for Sudan concert fundraiser nets $2,400

By Kalsey Larson '08
News intern

The University of St. Thomas Liturgical Choir teamed up with the UST Genocide Intervention Network on April 29 and presented a benefit concert, Sing for Sudan, that netted $2,400 for Catholic relief efforts in Darfur.

Performing in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, the 60-member Liturgical Choir performed works by Mozart, Moses Hogen, James Callahan and David Haas – and works that were composed for the choir throughout its 30 years of service to worship and the arts.

The choir was founded in 1977 and has earned acclaim for its work locally, nationally and internationally. Robert Strusinski founded and conducts the choir.

The concert featured Liturgical Choir alumni guest artists. Solos were performed by Molly Lehman '99, Tina Teeter '04 and Meghann Schmidt '01. Jeanne Cotter '87, the featured guest artist, presented a story and songs.

The Carrie Larson Memorial Scholarships were awarded at the concert. This year's recipients are Aana Bendson and Greg Schieber. The scholarships are awarded annually by Marilyn and John Larson in memory of their daughter, Carrie '89, who was a communications major and involved with the Liturgical Choir during her four years at St. Thomas.

The award was presented on behalf of the Larson family by Carrie's cousin, Jessica, a current St. Thomas student. The scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded to current Liturgical Choir students who embody the spirit of music ministry, choral excellence, leadership and who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.