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Festival Choir for Advent

image of music notesYou are invited to participate in a wonderful upcoming musical opportunity in the life of our church

The FESTIVAL CHOIR will begin work on the Pergolesi/Durante Magnificat, a charming Baroque-era piece that we will present in the December 17 worship service with large chorus, soloists, and chamber orchestra. In addition to our many dedicated choir members, we also invite interested singers to participate in this special occasion (aka FESTIVAL CHOIR). This choir is designed for those of you who are not able to commit to singing weekly throughout the year, but are interested in singing in a limited run for Advent. We will dedicate the first 35-45 minutes of rehearsal time to Festival Choir music on Wednesday evenings (starting at 7 pm, Nov-Dec), and on designated Sunday mornings from approximately 11-11:45 am in the sanctuary, immediately following worship services.  Details follow.


…is specially designed to accommodate all of our choral singers, especially those of you who enjoy singing sacred holiday music at Advent and Lent. We rehearse this special music for the first 35-45 minutes of choir rehearsal most Wednesday evenings in the Wheeler Room (beginning at 7:00 pm), and most Sunday mornings during Nov/Dec. from 11-11:45 am in the sanctuary immediately following worship services. FESTIVAL CHOIR will present the Magnificat on Dec. 17 with chamber orchestra, as well as special anthems for Sunday worship services in December and at both the 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm Christmas Eve services (Dec. 24). FESTIVAL singers are not required to attend all rehearsals, or to participate in every service. I would ask that you attend at least six rehearsals – the more the better – prior to the presentation of the anthem/special music.

No formal audition is required, although music reading ability and singing experience are highly recommended for this endeavor. [I may ask to hear new singers individually to assess range and ability.] Sectional rehearsals and practice recordings may be available as needed. Previous FESTIVAL CHOIR presentations have included the Vivaldi Gloria, Schubert Mass in G, Faure Requiem (all with orchestra), as well as services of lessons/carols,Taize services, Tenebrae, and more. These services have historically been incredibly moving and inspiring moments in the lives of our singers and congregation.

Photo of Festival Choir in robesThe Magnificat (originally thought to be by Pergolesi, now ascribed to Durante) is a multi-movement work sung in Latin (“Song of Mary” – my soul magnifies the Lord) from the early 18th century (same time period as Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Messiah). Please put the dates of Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 pm, and Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on your calendars as possible dress rehearsals. There are still details to be worked out. I’ve included a link to a YouTube recording of the piece below to whet your whistles! 🙂

Sincerely, Greg Sojka, Director of Music Ministries

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Magnificat en C,St John’s College Cambridge

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Upcoming Events

  • House Band Rehearsal
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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