The first Orange branch of the Southeast Texas Interdenominational Mass Choir is accepting new members now.

“The purpose is to bring singers from various churches together and to sing unto the Lord,” said Marie Sanders, branch representative. “Everyone is invited to participate.”

The first practice in scheduled for 7 p.m. July 5 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church located at 612 N. Third Street. They will return the following day 10 a.m., Saturday, July 6. They will make their debut Sunday July 7, at 7 p.m. in front of the congregation.

So far, about 110 people have committed from various churches to joining the choir. But, Sanders said they still need more people.

“I am just so excited,” Sanders said. ‘This is really a big thing.”

There is a $10 registration fee to join. For the performance, choir members are required to wear khaki pants or skirts. Female members are to wear a orange and fuchsia blouse. The men will need to wear a white short or long sleeved shirt with a orange or fuchsia tie.

Those who just want to listen to the phenomenal gospel music are invited to come to the church for the performance.

Eventually, all the area branches such as Orange, Port Arthur, Beaumont and Lake Charles will gather and record a CD of their performance.

Sanders said she could not pull all this together without the efforts of the founders, Reverend Major M. Goldman III and the co-founder Lawrence Ingram. In addition, to Bernita Bias who has been her assistant.

For more information, contact Sanders at 409-313-2018.