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Judith Permann, center, is the accompanist for the Gospellers, a group of singers from United Church of Christ congregations from across Wisconsin.

They sing it like they mean it

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He wanted nothing inappropriate or disrespectful, warned the Catholic priest at the large church in Poland just before the choir began its performance.


"We thought, 'What do we do?'" said Kate Jennings, Baldwin.

With only about an hour until their prepared concert of American gospel songs, the Gospellers from Wisconsin could hardly change their repertoire.

"I'm the one who gets things cranking in the concert," said Jennings, who was especially concerned.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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