Sunday, January 18 was a great day for St. George’s Episcopal Church. Our new Rector, the Rev. Joe Hensley, celebrated his first Sunday with us. The energy in the sanctuary was wonderful, and our musicians outdid themselves. Great solos form the Jazz Ensemble, fine playing from our woodwinds, and the best choir performance of Stephen Paulus’ “The Road Home” ever. We’re all very happy to be through our transitional period and ready to get on to the next chapter in St. George’s journey with our new fearless leader, as the energy from our musicians clearly showed. As a bonus for the day, we had a great afternoon concert by our friends from the left coast, David Isaacs and Chelsea Camille, known as Chanson du Soir, who performed a varied program of music for classical guitar and voice. All in all, a fantastic beginning to Joe’s journey with us. Onward and upward…
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It’s been over a year since my last post, because I’ve been busy revamping the music pages on St. George’s web site. You can start here: http://www.stgeorgesepiscopal.net/worship_services/music/ There are links in the text and on the left that take you to our choral, jazz, orchestra, chamber music and organ videos. There’s also a YouTube video of the organ construction accompanied by J. S. Bach’s In dir ist Freude played by yours truly. I finally made it to silent movie organist…
Posts will resume here soon, with links to our web site.
Many of my colleagues from Westminster Choir College are at Oxford this week. for an intensive week of conducting study. You can follow their progress here: http://choralmusicinstituteoxford.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/oxford-day-1/
This will be a short post, as the editor has score study to do for conducting class tomorrow. Good thing my smart phone has a metronome…
A busy day at the institute today. Morning warm ups as usual, then a great lecture on diction by Charles Bruffy. It’s amazing how many ways there are to pronounce Lux. Charles is an expert at creating beauty by stretching the parts of a word and adding breath to the sound. All three of us got to conduct during class today, and ended the day with a reading of a new edition of a Brahms motet for four-part choir and one piano four hands. Sign ups for the Master Class are tomorrow morning. I expect to conduct on Saturday.
We’ve set up a blog to share info about musical events at St. George’s. Check our blog to:
- Get the latest info on concerts, club nights and special musical performances at St. George’s
- Get updates from the music staff on the workshops they attend, all the cool stuff they learn and the interesting people they meet
- Get info about future musical events
This is our first blog, so there will be a learning curve. Thanks for your patience.