Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Hymn of Praise" Recording

I've been searching for an English recording of "Hymn of Praise" (Lobgesang) but haven't found one yet. I spoke with Loren Squires and he said he's been using the London Symphony recording (in German). You can also find this recording on iTunes. I will let you know if we find one in English.

Please remember to use the MIDI files that are listed on the right side of this blog under Spring Repertoire.

Hope this helps!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Letter from Temple Presidency

Dear Sister Gray,

As a Temple Presidency we would like to thank you, Sister Larson, Brother Oldroyd and all the choir members for the beautiful presentations at our Temple Devotional. The choir brought a strong spirit to the devotional as no spoken word could have brought. I hope many members of the congregation expressed to you, as they did to us, the spiritual experience they enjoyed by your presentations. We appreciate the choirs' willingness to support the Temple.

May the choir continue to touch and uplift our community and the Church. Thanks for your time and effort to that end.

St. Paul MN Temple Presidency

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Change in Concert Dates

I received a message from Loren Squires saying that the dates he originally gave me for the spring concert were incorrect. Here are the new dates/times:

Fri – Apr 30, 7:30 PM

Sat – May 1, 7:30 PM
Concert St. Mark’s in Shakopee, Tickets Required

Sat – May 8, 7:30 PM
Concert All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, Tickets Required

Click HERE for a Spring 2010 Calendar and Member's Guide

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Welcome Back!!!

Happy New Year everyone!

Welcome back!!! Yes, it's time to begin a new semester! A very exciting semester indeed!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We traveled to North Carolina and had a blast with my family. Ate great barbecue, hush puppies, fried turkey, the works! I need a good rehearsal to start working off what I gained over the holidays! YIKES! :)

We need a few things from each of you:

1. Please let me know by Wednesday evening if you are NOT singing with us this semester. If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you ARE returning. We have several women who are auditioning for the chorale this week so we need to know how many we can accept. There are are only a few men who will be auditioning so please help us get the word out! :)

2. Please check rehearsal/performance dates in the member's guide to make sure you will be available (the rehearsal calendar will be posted tonight). If there is a conflict, please let me know RIGHT AWAY so we can determine if you should sing or wait until next semester. Thanks.

3. Bring your black folders this Thursday, a bottle of water and your pencil. You will receive the music for the fireside only. You will receive the music for the semester next week. This week's rehearsal will be quite busy...please arrive before 7:00 so we can begin on time with everyone present. Thanks! :)

4. If you have a yellow "Choir Book" published by the church, please bring it with you.

5. This event is open to men who are not members of the chorale. If you know of a good male singer who can learn this music in one evening (like the rest of us!), please invite them and let me know. Thanks.

We're singing two pieces for the 10th Anniversary Fireside of the Temple Dedication:
1. "Come O Thou King of Kings" with Organ 4 hands
2. "Hosannah Anthem" from the "Choir Book"

1. Thursday - January 7th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM - St. Paul Stake Center in New Brighton - Rehearsal with MMC
2. Saturday - January 9th, 6:00 PM Call Time, Fireside begins at 7:00 PM - Oakdale Stake Center by temple - Concert dress - Spouses or significant others are welcome to attend!!!

I'm excited to see you all again and am looking forward to a very exciting and fun semester!!!

Warmest regards,