Dordt delights in “sounding light”

Allison Wordes-Staff Writer

Dordt’s B.J. Haan Auditorium was the recipient of sounding light’s first ever Iowa performance.

sounding light is the chamber choir of Many Voices… One Song, a non-profit arts organization based in Metro-Detroit, MI. Trenney founded sounding light in 2003, making this year the 15th anniversary of the choir’s inception.

Tom Trenney, the founder and director of sounding light, said that the purpose of choirs are to bring people together.

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“When we sing together in a choir we offer our unique voice to a communal whole,” said Trenney. “Every time we gather to sing for people is an equally special occasion.”


The first time Trenney sang at Dordt was with his home church choir, First-Plymouth, NE, several years ago. Dr. Kornelis, Dordt’s former choir director, arranged for sounding light to come and perform, and Trenney readily accepted the invitation to return this year.

“The (B.J. Haan) auditorium is a beautiful place to sing,” said Trenney.

In March 2017, two of Trenney’s choirs sang for the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Minneapolis, MN. The ACDA meets annually, and conductors can apply to have their choirs perform at these conferences by submission through a blind audition process.

Trenney has also been a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) since he was in middle school. He has since performed at regional and national conventions of the guild, as well as playing and teaching classes for many chapters in multiple states. sounding light performed for a regional AGO convention several years ago in Michigan.

Music Marathon is another community project started by Trenney, using music to bring people in the Detroit Metro area together. For 12 straight hours, various groups performed music, including sounding light. During this event, people could come and go. The freewill donation benefitted groups like Forgotten Harvest, which provides food and housing for people who need shelter.

Trenney’s recordings are performed regularly on public radio, and his compositions are sung by choirs all over the country.

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