May 16 – 6pm MDT / May 17 – 4pm MDT


SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020

6:00 pm MDT

Group Singing: An Essential Activity?

Laura Huckin

Dr. Geoffrey Boers
Dr. Nicole Lamartine
Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe

Singing in a choir requires close contact and connection, something which is currently prohibited in many regions of the world.  How has this impacted teaching and educating?  And how do we nurture and support the isolated singer?  Are music programs, choirs, and performance groups in a perilous place? Or is there a silver lining that will come from this?  Panelists will share their observations, experiences, and perhaps some takeaways to consider as we survey the state of singing in a changing world.

7:00 pm MDT

Virtual Choir Premiere: The Music of Living

Text, Anonymous
Music by Dan Forrest
Conducted by Laura Huckin
Accompanied by Laura Huckin

Commissioned in 2011, the anonymous text that inspires this buoyant composition, is full of optimism and hope:

“Giver of life, Creator of all that is lovely, teach me to sing the words to Your song.  I want to feel the music of living; and not fear the sad songs–but from them make new songs–composed of both laughter and tears.

Giver of life, Creator of all that is lovely, teach me to dance to the sounds of Your world. I want to move in rhythm with Your plan; help me to follow Your leading. To risk even falling, to rise and keep trying, for You are leading the dance.”

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SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020

4:00 pm MDT

Anatomy of a Song: Creating Music that Soars

An interview with Dr. Anton Armstrong, exploring the inspiration and creation process for Flight Song, composed by Kim André Arnesen with text by Euan Tait.

“Flight Song was written as a gift to Dr. Anton Armstrong and the St. Olaf Choir. I had the pleasure of working with Armstrong and his choir…I was impressed not only by the artistic work, but also the personal development and safe environment Armstrong has given to so many young singers.”  ~Kim André Arnesen

There is more substance to beautiful music than we often take time to notice (or understand).  Join us for this special conversation as we dive into the text and meaning behind the poetry.  Take a moment to ponder the relationship between lyrics and music in this song filled with heart.

4:45 pm MDT

Virtual Choir Premiere: Flight Song

Text by Euan Tait
Music by Kim André Arnesen
Conducted by Geoffrey Boers
Accompanied by Amy Boers

“All we are, we have found in song:
you have drawn this song from us.
Songs of lives unfolding
fly overhead, cry overhead:
longing, rising from the song within.

Moving like the rise and fall of wings,
hands that shape our calling voice
on the edge of answers
you’ve heard our cry, you’ve known our cry:
music’s fierce compassion flows from you.

The night is restless with the sounds we hear,
is broken, shaken by the cries of pain:
for this is music’s inner voice,
saying, yes, we hear you,
all you who cry aloud,
and we will fly, answering you:
so our lives sing, sing,
wild we will fly,
wild in spirit we will fly.

Like a feather falling from the wing,
fragile as a human voice,
afraid, uncertain,
alive to love, we sing as love,
afraid, uncertain,
yet our flight begins as song.”

5:00 pm MDT

Virtual Singing: A Social Experiment

Virtual choirs are all the rage, especially right now.  But what is it really like?  Join us for a brief wrap-up with singers who participated in this 10-day virtual choir adventure.  Their joys, struggles, and takeaways from the whole process.

Geoffrey Boers

Seattle, WA

Laura Huckin

Laura Huckin

Jackson, WY

Jo-Michael Scheibe

Los Angeles, CA

Nicole Lamartine

Nicole Lamartine

Laramie, WY

Anton Armstrong

Northfield, MN

Dan Forrest

Dan Forrest

Greenville, South Carolina

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