The purpose of the Metropolitan Choir of Praise is to use music to proclaim the Gospel according to God's Word as given to us in the Bible, and to praise, honor, and glorify the Triune God.
Our choir warmly welcomes new singers to our fall auditions held during September of each new season. We encourage individuals who are interested in joining a dynamic choral group to attend one of our several open rehearsals held in the first month of every choir season to get to know us and help decide if the Metropolitan Choir might be for them. Click here for more information on auditions and joining the choir.
The Metropolitan Choir of Praise was organized in October, 1963, by Mr. Peter Vanden Bosch who envisioned a choir in the West Michigan area similar to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah. Approximately 115 interested singers attended its first Saturday night rehearsal in the Bates Street Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Drawn from many vocations and professions and from various churches throughout the West Michigan area, we are committed to praising God together and greatly enjoy singing and sharing our ministry of music, featuring spirituals and classical, traditional, and contemporary styles. The choir has been blessed in bringing its musical ministry not only to Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area, but also to a number of states, near and far, -- Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Washington D.C., California and Washington. The Choir has also travelled to Ontario, Canada and has conducted two concert tours to the Netherlands.
In celebration of its 35th concert year, the Choir travelled to Eastern Europe where concerts were given in Hungary, Romania, and the Ukraine to many people just being freed from Soviet Communist rule. This concert tour made a lasting impression on the choir and will forever live as one of the highlights in our history.
Throughout its history the choir has performed at a number of venues including numerous churches, Meijer Gardens, convalescent homes, Grand Rapids Civic Auditorium, Mel Trotter mission, Pacific Gardens Mission(Chicago), Prince Conference Center (Calvin College), etc. Some of these performances were given to raise funds for missions and benefits such as Love, Inc.