Valley Gospel Choir

Summer Concerts

Tuesday, July 11, & Wednesday, July 12
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 Country Market in Eau Claire
  • At the door starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Valley Gospel Choir members


Dale Dittmer, President
Ron Herkowski, Vice President
Traci Anderson, Secretary
Paula Luer, Treasurer
Brian Dulmes
Moira Kneer
Jan Kunert
Kris Martineau
Dale Smieja
Martha Spangler

Contact Us

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

Board President: Dale Dittmer, 715-835-1056,

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

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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.


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 sang in area church choirs or just 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 25 years. The choir was formed under the direction of Paul Nixdorf. Cathy Reitz took over as director in 1996, followed by Merlyn Aude in 2006. Many current members are charter members who have 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.