Cornerstone’s 20th Tour must be postponed until 2023!
With great regret, it has become necessary to, once again, postpone for one year (to 2023) the Cornerstone Chorale and Brass tour originally being planned for fall 2022.
This decision has been painful, but I’m sure it is for the best considering several reasons that stand in our way:
- Concerns expressed by our concert hosts across the country regarding the predicted rise in Covid 19.
Our own concerns for the health of our performers traveling on a bus for 3 1/2 weeks.
The current sense of economic instability with rising prices and especially the dramatic increase in fuel costs and surcharges which will increase our travel expenses to an untenable level.
Overall, Covid 19 and its effects continue to negatively influence our lives in many ways. Our Cornerstone message is badly needed but we will have to wait a little longer (although it feels much too long!) to put it on the road again.
The good news is that our concert sponsors in cities across the country are shifting their 2022 concert dates to fit the 2023 schedule: Oct. 11 – Nov. 5.
The Cornerstone Chorale & Brass presents a powerful message of reconciliation, healing and social justice through narration and a wide variety of traditional music. Woven together with newly composed musical themes, the concerts encourage faith communities and individuals to reach out in service to those in need.
The nationally recruited professional ensemble brings together 20 singers, 7 instrumentalists and a narrator from across the country. During 480+ performances, Cornerstone has raised thousands of dollars for more than 200 charities in the U.S. and Canada.
What Audiences Are Saying…
Cornerstone Is Led By…
Bruce is the founder and conductor of The Cornerstone Chorale & Brass, a nationally recruited, paid professional touring ensemble, performing fine choral music augmented with narration. Cornerstone has presented 463 performances in the United States and Canada, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall in New York.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) where he studied under Paul J. Christiansen; a master’s degree from Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) where he worked with composers H. Owen Reed and Jere Hutcheson; and a doctorate in music from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana, where he studied with Harold Decker. His published pieces are performed nationwide.
Vantine also is the conductor and artistic director of the Bel Canto Chorus of St. Louis, and director of the adult choir at The Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Florissant, Missouri.
He served on the faculty of The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Department of Music from 1980 – 1993.
Currently resides in: St. Louis, MO