Rock Me Amadeus

Happy 250th Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! There have been many commemorations today, starting with Mozart’s Mass in C on XM Vox, and ending with several segments analyzing his music on NPR’s All Things Considered.  The Greenville Symphony has plans for an all-Mozart concert Saturday evening. While I didn’t rush home and play several Mozart sonatas … Continue reading Rock Me Amadeus

The Single Dilemma

I think I’m finally getting my digital music library straightened out.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like iTunes, but it’s growing on me, and I’m finding ways to organize my nearly 60 GB of audio files.  Many of those files are duplicates, and though they are contained on one shared drive, they are … Continue reading The Single Dilemma

The Hidden Choir

When I first started working at First Presbyterian in Laurens I was single.   As is typical for someone of that age, I enjoyed hanging out with my friends in Greenville.  Sometimes we would have some late Saturday nights, so I would crash at my sister’s house and get up early enough on Sunday to make … Continue reading The Hidden Choir

Advent Antonym

I really blew it this morning. The morning’s scripture was from the Book of Mark. And they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great glory….Watch, therefore – for you do not know when the master of the house wil come, in the evening, or at midnighht, or at cockcrow, or in … Continue reading Advent Antonym

Thursday is the New Friday

…at least, in a relative sense.  I haven’t dropped to a four-day week – quite the contrary.  With Chorale rehearsals Monday night, church staff meetings and planning Tuesday night, and choir rehearsal Wednesday night, I’ve started looking forward to obligation-free Thursday evenings. Last night I think I finally got beyond the choir’s comfort level and … Continue reading Thursday is the New Friday

Of Rivers Within

Saturday night marked the 45th Anniversary performance of the Greenville Chorale. For this occasion, the Chorale had commissioned a work by Mark Kilstofte. Mark is a colleague and fellow vocalist, in addition to being a world-renowned composer. His works are innovative and beautiful, but can be challenging to perform. The commissioned work, “Of Rivers Within”, is no exception. Also on the program was Ralph Vaughn William’s “Dona Nobis Pacem.”

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Cosmic convergence

First full choir rehearsal at Fourth on my own.  Things went well, except… Sunday’s Anthem:  "How Can I Keep from Singing?" Quaker hymn made famous by Enya. Today’s News from Florida:  Choir refuses to stop singing and must be removed by authorities.  The pastor of a Charlotte Harbor church had 16 church members booted from … Continue reading Cosmic convergence

First @ Fourth

I tend not to be nervous on Sunday mornings.  I figure what’s going to happen will happen.  Wendesday evenings are another matter, as I worry about getting everything ready.  Even with this being my first Sunday as choir director at Fourth Presbyterian, I wasn’t too nervous.  Excited, yes, but not nervous.  This, despite nightmares this … Continue reading First @ Fourth

Big Shoes

Last night I officially met the Fourth Presbyterian choir and had my first rehearsal with them. I don’t start until October 9, but the Wednesday before that is supposed to be a celebration of the tenure of Dr. Kyser, and it would have been awkward for me to follow that with a rehearsal. Continue reading Big Shoes