The annual Christmas concert was held on December 8, 1989, at Wisconsin Academy in Columbus, directed by Bruce Rasmussen and assisted by Rosalie Rasmussen. The inspirational concert included vocal and instrumental performances. In addition to this, the school’s new two-octave Bell Choir performed. The set of bells were on loan to the academy for one month. The students, all good musicians, began practicing the bells on November 15, and gave eight performances, including concerts at the local Methodist Church and the Beaver Dam Church. At the Christmas concert, Bruce Rasmussen explained that although the bells were only loaned to the academy for one month, the students were hoping that a set of our own could be purchased in the near future. An offering was taken for this purpose. Two families who were in the audience were determined to insure the continuance of the Bell Choir and made substantial donations toward the purchase of a four-octave set of bells. Because of their generous donations and others, the Bell Choir will remain a reality at Wisconsin Academy. If you would like to help reach our goal of a four-octave set of bells, please send your gift to Wisconsin Academy, Columbus, WI 53925 and mark it for the Bell Choir.
(This article originally appeared in the Lake Union Herald)