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DALLAS –This year’s Texas Baptist All-State Choir and Band will be taking the sound of the Lone Star state abroad.

The group of Texas Baptists’ finest young musicians will perform and participate in the Baptist World Alliance Youth Conference in Leipzig, Germany. More than 6,000 young people from around the globe will be at the event, which happens every five years in a different location.

“The world will be coming to Liepzig,” said Tim Studstill, director of BGCT Music and Worship. “It’s our prayer that our students will never be the same. After they pray, worship and study the Bible with young people from around the world, we hope they have a better understanding of how God is moving around the globe. As they see that, we hope it impacts them in a way that they will never be the same.”

In addition to the youth conference, the Texas Baptist All-State Choir and Band will perform in four other locations in Germany, including as part of an outdoor evangelistic outreach.

Eighty-nine students from 58 churches comprise the Texas Baptist All-State Choir and Band. An additional 35 people from 21 congregations are assisting the group in various ways.

“Through music and witnessing opportunities, our youth will have to opportunity to share their faith with people from across the world,” Studstill said.

Steve Holcomb, Dallas Baptist University professor of music, will direct the choir. Corey Ash, Howard Payne University assistant professor of music and director of bands, will serve as the band director and Jay Smith, HPU assistant professor of Christian Studies, will be the pastor. Phil Moore, minister of music and media for Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana, is the worship leader.

To follow the choir and band on its trip to Germany, visit texasbaptists.wordpress.com starting July 28.

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