Valley Gospel Choir


110-voice choir made up of members from all over the Chippewa Valley

Merlyn Aude, Director



July 21 & 22, 2015
7:30 PM

Doors open at 6:30 PM
Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary
202 West Grand Avenue
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Advance Tickets $12

At-the-Door Tickets $13

Tickets can be purchased from:

Festival Foods
All Gordy's Country Market stores in Eau Claire

At the door starting at 6:30 PM (Grace Lutheran Church)
From the individual choir members

The Choir wishes to thank our major sponsors for their generous financial support:


WEAU Interview 2014



The 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 loved to sing, sang in area church choirs, and enjoyed singing gospel music. Our first concert was in 1992 at Memorial High School.

In July, 2000 we moved to the State Theater and began singing two concerts in mid-July. July 2009 brought another change as the concerts were moved to Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. With the audience so close, there is an a special association enjoyed by both the listeners and performers.

We have had only three directors in these 15 years. The choir was formed under the direction of Paul Nixdorf. Cathy Reitz took over the choir in 1996. Merlyn Aude took over the choir in 2006. Many of our current members are charter members having sung with the choir since the beginning. We have a loyal following of concert attendees who look forward to our yearly concerts.

Mid-year we get together to sing and prepare a short concert given as a benefit for a local organization. Persons who wish to have the choir perform for their organization should contact the Director, Choir President, or Office Manager. Members are elected to the Board of Directors who plan, prepare, and direct the organization.

Member, Community 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:

 $ 25.00 - $ 99.00  Bronze

$100.00 - $249.00 Silver

$250.00 - $499.00 Gold

includes one song sponsored during the concert

$500.00 - $749.00 Platinum

includes two songs sponsored during the concert

$750.00 - $999.00 Diamond

includes three songs sponsored during the concert

      $1,000.00 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: Kris Ruckman, Office Manager, 715-835-7649,

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

2015 Board Members

Dale Dittmer, President
Ron Herkowski, Vice President
Carolyn Ginder Secretary
Paula Luer, Treasurer

Eileen Biegel
Tom Bohlinger
Sandy Indrebo
Cora Klawiter
George McLeod
Nadine Schlough

Calendar - 2015

May 21

Music Pick up at Grace Lutheran Church (basement parlor), 5-6 p.m.

May 28

First Rehearsals with new member orientation and group auditions at Grace Lutheran Church (basement parlor), 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16

Weekly Rehearsals at Grace Lutheran Church (basement parlor), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

June 28

Church Tour

July 20

Dress Rehearsal at Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 6:30 p.m.

July 21 & 22

Concerts at Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 7:30 p.m.

July 30

Annual Meeting at Grace Lutheran Church (basement parlor), 6:30 p.m.


Member, Community Contributions and Memorials

If you know of events that would benefit from Valley Gospel Choir volunteers, please contact Dale Dittmer or Kris Ruckman with event details and contact information.

If you know of a community member, group or business who may wish to contribute financially to Valley Gospel Choir, please send names, addresses, and contact information to Kris Ruckman (Office Manager

Dues will remain at $30.00 per member for the 2014 season.


Message from the President

Best wishes and greetings to everyone – and as my Polish ancestors would say, “Szczęśliwego nowego roku” (Happy New Year).

With thanks to God, who makes all things possible, Valley Gospel Choir experienced another successful year in 2014. Feedback from the community about our Eau Claire performances at Grace Lutheran Church has been tremendously positive, and our concert at Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie drew even more compliments, the acoustical quality in particular. Financially we’re in great shape, and once again VGC is fortunate to have engaged, hard-working board members and a diligent administrative staff (Kris and Paula). Merlyn and Kay are onboard again for 2015, so we are indeed blessed with a bounty of riches.

Ultimately, the continued success of VGC depends on your generous dedication and the support of families, friends, and our local communities. Once again, we welcome suggestions and considerations; if you have ideas about fundraising or additional sponsorship possibilities, please let the Board know.

Thank you for your support during the past year. We look forward to gathering with you soon to renew our fellowship and share our musical testimony with the community. Best of luck to everyone as we prayerfully anticipate another successful year with VGC.

Dale Dittmer, 2014-15


Message from the Director: 

Greetings, Valley Gospel Choir members. The winter weather came early this year, and I am happy to be back on the ski slopes.

I thought our 2014 concerts were extra special. What a fantastic job everyone did!  This was the first time in many years that we hired someone to record the concert. The audio recording is excellent, and the video recording is great as well.

I continue to enjoy singing in our venue at Grace Lutheran Church, and it was a treat to sing in the Mabel Tainter Theater. I hope we can do it again.

I’m looking forward to the new season. Until then, be safe and stay warm.

Merlyn Aude, Director