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Prayer Service to Commemorate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Theme: “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us”(Based on 2 Corinthians 5:14)

The Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts will present a prayer service to commemorate the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at 4 p.m., at the Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene, 4400 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City.  All are invited.

The service will include music, prayer, scripture and presentations by two speakers: 

  • Rev. Floyd Schoenhals – Bishop Emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Sister Diane Koorie, RSM – Director of the Pastoral Ministry Program of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

This year marks the 110th annual observance of the Week of Prayer, which began in 1908. The observance lasts eight days, beginning Jan. 18. These dates were originally chosen because they included the Christian celebrations of Saint Peter on Jan. 18 and Saint Paul on Jan. 25.

Father Stephen Bird, president of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts, said, “Our service this year is especially important in that 2017 marks the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation era.  Recent ecumenical events between the two church bodies (the Roman Catholic and the Lutheran Churches) remind us that we are called to Reconciliation, for the Love of Christ Compels Us to work for unity and peace in the Church.  The goal of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is to pray for the unity that Christ wills by whatever means he wills it.”

The mission of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy & the Arts, a Christian not-for-profit interdenominational organization, is to enhance communal worship by promoting the visual and performing arts in Oklahoma churches. 

(For more information or materials on the national Week of Prayer, go to www.geii.org, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute.)

Make a Joyful (and Healthy!) Noise: A Vocal Health Workshop for Choirs and Choir Directors

This event presents important information and skills for choir members and directors related to vocal health. There are three general sessions -- An Overview of Vocal Health and Protecting the Voice in Rehearsal. Breakouts are: Healthy Singing for the Mature Woman, and Promoting Vocal Health as the Director of a Multi-Generational Choir. The third is a group voice lesson. The keynote presenter is Dr. Kelly Holst, with additional breakouts by Dr. Barbara DeMaio and Dr. Warren Puffer Jones.

When: September 24, 9 AM to Noon.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, NW 25 and Western, OKC. 

Price is $10, with a $100/cap for choirs if received before Sept 19 or postmarked by Sept 19th. After the 19th, the individual registration is $15 and the choir cap is $150.

To book your tickets, send checks, payable to Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the arts (or "OALA") to 3102 N Classen Blvd. #284, OKC OK 73118. For more information, call 405-722-2110 ext 115. Download the registration form at http://www.epiphanyokc.com/useruploads/files/vocal_workshop_registration....


Clinicians:

Dr Kelly Holst

Dr. Kelly Holst, Lyric Coloratura Soprano, Keynote

Lyric coloratura soprano Kelly Holst enjoys an active career as a performer and teacher. Dr. Holst has appeared with the Louisiana Opera, Canterbury Choral Society, Michigan Opera Theatre, Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Arbor Opera Theater, Bloomington Early Music Festival, and Amherst Early Music Festival. She has appeared in recital across the United States and in the Dominican Republic. 

Dr. Holst has received a number of regional and national awards, including an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions and fourth place at the 2014 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artists Awards competition. Most recently Dr. Holst was selected as a teaching intern for the 2015 NATS Teaching Intern program. 

A graduate of Luther College, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan, Dr. Holst serves as Associate Professor of Music at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University where she teaches voice and vocal pedagogy. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, conductor Warren Puffer Jones and their two young children. 

Her keynote address at 9 AM  will focus on vocal anatomy and vocal health and will be lecture-based with power point presentation. Her closing address at 1115 AM will focus on application: a return to the topic of vocal health, signs and symptoms of trouble and exercises for the speaking voice as well. She will cover some common pitfalls (such as poor posture while sitting in choral rehearsal, singing outside of your optimal range, breathing, etc).

Dr. Barbara Fox DeMaio 

Her repertoire includes all the great roles of a Puccini and Verdi soprano, performed in theatres in Italy, Swizerland, Germany and France; Tosca, Lady Macbeth, Turandot, Aida, Abigaille in Nabucco, and also Amelia in Ballo in Maschera, Elvira in Ernani, Lucrezia in I Due Foscari, Leonora in La Forza del Destino and Odabella in La Scala's Attila directed by Riccardo Muti. She is also a noted interpreter of Norma, the Bellini heroine. Since returning to the United States she has added new shows to her repertoire;  Bolcom’s Medea and Hoiby’s Bon Appetit! as well as the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel , Domina in Forum and Costanza in the play Enchanted April.

DeMaio is currently an Asst. Prof. of Voice at the University of Central Oklahoma, teaching both Opera and Musical Theatre styles, Executive Director of the American Singers' Opera Project, Executive Director of Painted Sky Opera and a Level III Somatic Voicework© teacher. Her DMA Vocal pedagogy degree at Shenandoah University included dissertation research on the effect of menopause on the elite singing voice that she has since presented in the form of workshops and presentations across the US. 

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Dr. Warren Puffer Jones

Warren Puffer Jones is the Music Director of TACTUS,
a professional chamber orchestra and vocal ensemble in Oklahoma City.
He just completed his tenth season as Music Director
of Arbor Opera Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the Director of the Kemp Concert Series and the Music Director
at the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City.

With TACTUS, Jones has led groundbreaking performances that
re-envision the concert experience, pairing thousand-year-old music with
brand new compositions. For his performance of The Sound of Music with
Arbor Opera Theater he received the 2014 Wilde
Award for best Music Director in the state of Michigan. For his
performance of Carmen with Arbor Opera Theater, he was selected as 2nd
runner-up in the opera division of The American Prize in Conducting,
2012. Also in 2012 he was the winner of the 4x4 Prize,
a national competition for conducting new music.

A native of Oklahoma City, Jones holds degrees in music and
conducting from Yale University, Indiana University, and Bard College,
and he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of
Michigan.

Tour of Historic St. Patrick's Church Planned for Sunday April 10

OALA is presenting a tour of the histgoric St. Patrick's Church, located at NW 19th and Portland, in Oklahoma City, at 4 PM on Sunday, April 10th.  The church was largely built by its parishioners, who worked alongside contractors to create a unique house of worship.  To test whether the congregation could work together on such a large project, they first built a 6' tall, 50' long wall.  All these decades later, the wall, together with the church, both built by parishioners, stands strong and tall.

Designed  by the architect Robert Lawton Jones, the church is made of glass panels sitting inside of a concrete shell, whose slabs were cast in place by parishioners. The slabs are decorated with angels the size of the panels, so the effect is of a chorus of angels processing around the church. There is a large space between the exterior wall and the inner glass wall, which is used for processions on feast days.

The building has received 28 architectural awards in its 54 year history.  See  http://stpatrickokc.com/about-2/ for more information about the design and construction of this historic structure.

 

Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord

A Prayer Service to Commemorate the Week
of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts will present a prayer service to commemorate the 2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at 4 p.m., at Saint
Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 14700 N. May Ave., Oklahoma
City.  All are invited.

The service will include music, prayer, scripture and presentations by two speakers: 

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+The Rev. Jon Middendorf – Senior Pastor of OKC First
Church of the Nazarene

+Rev. Paul Gallatin – Retired Priest, Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

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This year marks the 109th
annual observance of the Week of Prayer, which began in 1908. The observance lasts eight days, beginning Jan. 18. These dates were originally chosen because they included the Christian celebrations of Saint Peter on Jan. 18 and Saint
Paul on Jan. 25.

Father Stephen Bird, president of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts, said, “On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for his disciples, ‘that all may be one (John 17:21).’  Unfortunately, today all Christians are not united. The goal of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is to pray for the unity that Christ wills by whatever means he wills it.”

The international theme chosen for the 2016 observance of the Week of Prayer is “Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord” taken from the 1 Peter 2:9.  

The mission of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy & the Arts, a Christian not-for-profit
interdenominational organization, is to enhance communal worship by promoting
the visual and performing arts in Oklahoma churches.

(For more information or materials on the national Week of Prayer, go to http://www.geii.org , Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious
Institute.)

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The annual prayer service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held Sunday, January 24th, at 4 PM, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 14700 N May, Okc.  Speakers will be Rev. Jon Middendorf of Oklahoma City First Nazarene Church, and Rev. Paul Gallatin, pastor-emeritus of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.  

The All Day Rehearsal for the April 19th Concert in Pictures

Today (Saturday April 18) was the all day rehearsal for the April 19th commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City.  The 168 voice choir, drawn from 32 area churches, was under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong, of St. Olaf College in Minnesota.  The event will be at 5 PM, doors will open at 4:15 PM, and will feature readings, reflections, and music.

A panoramic picture of the choir being rehearsed by Dr. Anton Armstrong

The choir!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Armstrong, before the rehearsal began. 

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Each of the choristers represents one of the 168 victims of the bombing.  We prepared a strip of paper with the name and picture of each of those victims, and choir members chose one that they will

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Channel 9 story Monday April 13

Click this link for a news story about the concert coming up this Sunday, 5 PM, at First Presbyterian Church, NW 25 and Western in OKC.  Doors open at 4:15 PM.  

http://www.news9.com/story/28792060/memorial-concert-unites-168-voices-f...