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All-state youth choir, orchestra tour central & western KY

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Young Baptist musicians plucked from the stages of Kentucky’s churches will share the spotlight in June as they embark on a six-city tour.

About 60 high schoolers were selected through auditions to be a part of Kentucky Baptist Convention’s All-State Youth Choir and Orchestra. They represent 36 Southern Baptist churches from across the state.

Singers and instrumentalists are spending mid-June rehearsing at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., before kicking off the 2017 tour season with a worship experience at nearby Beechland Baptist Church on June 21.

Remaining worship experiences will take the All-State Youth Choir and Orchestra to sites in central and western Kentucky, ending in Bowling Green on June 25.

All-State Youth Choir and Orchestra tour dates

Wednesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.
Beechland Baptist Church, Louisville

Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church, Paducah, Ky.

Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.
Western Kentucky Veterans Center, Hanson, Ky.

Saturday, June 24, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Hopkinsville, Ky.

Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m.
Beaver Dam Baptist Church, Beaver Dam, Ky.
(abbreviated worship experience)

Sunday, June 25, 3 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Bowling Green, Ky.

Leading worship experiences are conductors Mickey Ballard, Sue Ellen Ballard and Scott Bersaglia.

Mickey Ballard serves as the Minister of Music and Worship at Central Baptist Church in Paris, Ky. He previously taught at Eastern Kentucky University, has conducted the KBC Men’s Choral, and served many Kentucky churches as a minister or clinician.

Sue Ellen Ballard is the choral director at Bourbon County Middle School and organist at Central Baptist. She has served at Eastern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, Georgetown College and in public school systems in Mississippi and Kentucky.

Bersaglia is the founder and music director of the Sacred Winds Ensemble, as well as founder and chairman of Sacred Winds Ministries. He serves as the director of bands for Pikeville Independent Schools where he oversees and directs the district’s instrumental music curriculum. Bersaglia is the part-time music minister at First Baptist Church of Hazard.