Coming off a successful winter concert, the Village Singers are at it again.

Coming off a successful winter concert, the Village Singers are at it again.

The German Village-based vocal group has begun rehearsing for its next show, "An American Songbook," to be performed May 14 and 15 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

"We're walking through music from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim. That's quite a span," said Wayne Owens, founder and director of the group.

Owens said the spring performance would include everything from Broadway to the blues and celebrate such performers as the Beach Boys, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson. The concert will involve some additional musicians to reflect the style of music, he said.

The group also is looking for new members. The next rehearsal will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Meeting Haus. All vocal ranges are accepted and no auditions are necessary. Vocalists must be members of the Village Singers and membership dues are $25 per season.

Membership in Village Singers, established 10 years ago, is at an all-time high, Owens said. He said 34 vocalists performed in the winter show and he expects about the same number to sing in the spring performance. The group will rehearse weekly.

In related news, Quinton Jones has returned as the group's accompanist. Jones, a junior at Capital University, recently spent a semester studying at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. Nick Klein, also a student at Capital, filled in while Jones was away.

Jones, who is studying piano performance and music composition at Capital, said it was an intensive program and a tremendous opportunity.

"It was out of this world," he said. "It was unbelievable. I learned so much, not only as a musician, but as a person."

Jones said he is in his fourth season as the accompanist for Village Singers.

"They're a lot of fun," he said.

Owens said he enjoyed working with Klein and looks forward to Jones' return.

"He's an accomplished musician," Owens said. "He's a unique performer. He's going to make his mark in the music world, I predict."

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