Valley Gospel Choir

2018 Performances

Summer Concerts (Eau Claire)

Tuesday, July 10
Wednesday, July 11
7:30 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary
202 West Grand Avenue
Eau Claire, WI

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Advance Tickets: $12
Tickets at the Door: $13

Tickets can be purchased from the following locations:

  • Festival Foods in Eau Claire
  • Gordy's Market (Downtown Chippewa Falls)
  • At the door starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Valley Gospel Choir members

Summer Concert (Menomonie)

Friday, July 13
7:30 p.m.
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
205 Main Street East
Menomonie, WI 54751



Brian Dulmes, President
Lynda Olson, Vice President
Traci Anderson, Secretary
Paula Luer, Treasurer
Ron Herkowski
Moira Kneer
Jan Kunert
Kris Martineau
Lynne McLeod
Martha Spangler


Contributions and Memorials

Valley Gospel Choir depends upon friends and fans for financial support. We are truly grateful for the support we receive through donations and sponsorships.

As a contributor, Valley Gospel Choir supporters are listed by name during our concerts. Sponsors who contribute at the gold, platinum or diamond levels may select to have a song dedicated during our concerts.

Suggested sponsorship amounts:

  • Up to $99 Bronze
  • $100 - $249 Silver
  • $250- $499 Gold, Includes one song sponsored during the concert
  • $500 - $749 Platinum, Includes two songs sponsored during the concert
  • $750 - $999 Diamond, Includes three songs sponsored during the concert
  • $1,000 or more, Valley Gospel Choir Full Concert Sponsorship

If you wish to become a sponsor, please contact Kris Ruckman, Office Manager, via email at or by phone at 715-456-6511.


Contact Us

Office Manager: Kris Ruckman, 715-456-6511,

Board President: Brian Dulmes,715-829-1454,

Choir Conductor: Merlyn Aude, 715-647-5433,

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Valley Gospel Choir was formed in the spring of 1992 to perform at Country Jam as part of the Sunday morning events. The first choir was made up of members who sang in area church choirs or just enjoyed singing gospel music. Our first concert was in 1992 at Memorial High School.

In 2000, we moved to the State Theater and began singing two concerts in mid-July. Another change in venues came in 2009 as concerts were moved to Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. The intimacy of that setting has been pleasing for both concertgoers and performers.

Three conductors have led Valley Gospel Choir during its 26 years of performances. The choir was formed under the direction of Paul Nixdorf. Cathy Reitz took over in 1996, followed by Merlyn Aude in 2006. Many current members are charter members who have sung with the choir since the beginning. Each year, a group of choir members are elected as the choir's Board of Directors that plans, prepares, and directs the choir's activities. We are also blessed with a loyal following of concert attendees who look forward to our yearly concerts and faithfully support us.

Mid-season each year, Valley Gospel Choir performs a short concert to benefit a local community organization. Persons who wish to have the choir consider performing for their organization should contact the Conductor, Choir President, or Office Manager.