Saint Martin’s 2014 Hope Concert aims to help others

February 12, 2014

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LACEY, Wash. – The musical talents of student performers from Saint Martin’s University will be showcased at the 2014 Hope Concert, an annual event held to raise funds for the Saint Martin’s annual mission service trip. The concert will take place Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. on the Lacey campus at Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave SE. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

All proceeds from the concert will go toward the University’s International Immersion service trip to Tanzania this summer. Seven students and staff will travel to Chipole in southwestern Tanzania to spend a month with the St. Agnes Benedictine sisters, who maintain an orphanage, school, trade school and coffee farm. The students will be immersed in the Tanzanian culture, helping the sisters and students with learning English, working in the orphanage and anywhere else they are needed.

“We are really looking forward to offering an evening of great musical performances by our students while drawing attention to this very worthy immersion service trip to Africa,” says Darrell Born, chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department. “The Saint Martin’s students, staff and faculty really understand the importance of using their collective talents to help those who face daunting challenges.”

Under Born’s direction, the Saint Martin’s University Chorale will perform a wide variety of musical selections, along with the Saint Martin’s Band and Jazz Combo, both directed by Brad Schrandt. Food items and fair trade coffee will be available for purchase in support of the trip.

For more information about the Hope Concert, contact Susan Leyster, director of Service Immersion Programs, at 360-789-6701.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Susan Leyster
Director of Service Immersion Programs
Saint Martin’s University

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager