Senior Choir meets weekly on Sundays before church. We are always looking for more singers. Time is 9:00 a.m. and while regular attendance is appreciated, please don’t let an irregular schedule prevent you from participating. We accept singers at any time during the choir season.
During March we will sing on Mar. 3, 10, 17, Maundy Thursday, Mar. 28, and Easter Sunday, Mar. 31.
Choir will not rehearse or sing on March 24 (Palm Sunday) due to my being out of town.
The choir has two responsibilities in the service, one is serving as leading voices for congregational singing and the second is to share a musical rendering of scripture or focus of the service in the form of an anthem.
Thank you to Cooper Wood who played piano for the service on February 11, and to Tom Rusch who continued his faithful playing as both service musician and choir accompanist for the remaining February services.
Looking Deeper into the Music
The choir recently sang “We Walk in Love” as an anthem, but it came out of the recent collection named the “Justice Choir Songbook.” I thought that I would share some insight into the composition from the composer herself: Reflections on “We Walk in Love” from Deanna Witkowski:
“In early 2017, I responded to a call for scores for a new collection of social justice songs being curated by Abbie Betinis, Tesfa Wondemagegnhehu, and Ahmed Anzaldúa. The songs to be selected as part of a new movement called Justice Choir would be offered free of charge for anyone to sing for non-commercial use: at concerts, marches, protests, and in houses of worship.
The idea was to have accessible, easy-to-learn songs that speak into the moment that we are living in now, and to provide opportunities for all to create community by singing together. When I saw a Facebook post from Abbie about the call for scores, I immediately responded by sitting down at the piano. I wrote and harmonized a simple tune in 3/4- not rangy, no big jumps, something that everyone could sing.
Next, I went to my living room couch with a large sketchbook on my lap. I started writing lists of nouns: “love, purpose, voice, compassion, truth, bridge, justice, kindness.” Then I pulled out the text to James Weldon Johnson’s hymn, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and started adding more nouns: “hope, faith.” I began a list of verbs: “dream, stand, fight, cry, walk, join, speak.”
My boyfriend sat with me when I got stuck on a phrase or two and contributed to the lyric. We sang the three verses to each other multiple times before I returned to the piano and recorded myself singing and playing the song, “We Walk in Love.””