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We Rise to Bless You Still: Oklahoma City Remembers April 19, 2015!

On April 19, 2015, the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts, in cooperation with the Kemp Concert Series of First Presbyterian Church, will present a significant cultural event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.

We have called together a choir of 168 members -- one chorister for each person who perished in the bombing -- from 28 area churches to present a memorial concert of music, readings, reflections, and prayers to honor the memory of the 168 and also our community experience over the past 20 years.

The concert will be presented at First Presbyterian Church, at NW 25th and Western, in Oklahoma City, commencing at 5 PM.  The doors will open at 4:15 PM. 

The choir roster at this time is full. 

The choir will be conducted by one of the nation's leading choral conductors, Dr. Anton Armstrong, who is the Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College.

He became director of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990 after ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he had served on the faculty of Calvin College and led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, and the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale.

Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. He is editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor (with John Ferguson) of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. In June 1998, he began his tenure as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. A graduate of the American Boychoir School, Dr. Armstrong served for over twenty years on the summer faculty of their summer program ALBEMARLE and held the position of Conductor of the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale, a 75-voice treble chorus based in Grand Rapids, from 1981-1990. He has conducted the Troubadours, a 30-voice boys ensemble of the Northfield Youth Choirs, since 1991. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School and the Board of Chorus America.

In February 2005, The St. Olaf Choir shared the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in presenting the finale concert for the national conference of the American Choral Director’s Association at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California. Active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor and lecturer, Anton Armstrong was honored in June 2003 to serve as the first Peter Godfrey Visiting Professor of Choral Music at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

In the summer of 2001, Dr. Armstrong conducted the World Youth Choir sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Music with concerts in Venezuela and the United States. Recent international engagements include serving as a guest conductor at the 2010 Zimriya-The World Assembly of Choirs, and in March 2011 Dr. Armstrong returned to guest conduct the Formosa Singers of Taipei, Taiwan. In the summer of 2011 he was a guest conductor of the Prague Proms International Music Festival sponsored by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured as a clinician at the Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia (1996), the Eighth World Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008,) and led a conducting master class at the Ninth World Symposium of Choral Music in Puerto Madryn, Argentina (2011). He will return to Israel in July 2013 to once again serve as a guest conductor of the 23rd Zimriya-The World Assembly of Choirs. Finally, he is serving as the Co-Chair of the Artistic Committee for the 10th World Symposium of Choral Music being held in Seoul, South Korea in August 2014.

Dr. Armstrong has frequently conducted ensembles and appeared before regional, national, and international gatherings of the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation of Choral Music, Music Educators National Conference, Choristers Guild, American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and the Orff-Schulwerk Association. In recent years he has guest conducted such noted ensembles as the Utah Symphony and Symphony Chorus, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, and the American Boychoir. He has also collaborated in concert with Bobby McFerrin and Garrison Keillor.

During 2012-13, Dr. Armstrong will lead choral festivals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York, and Orlando, Florida. Other guest conducting/lecturing engagements in 2012-13 include appearances in New Jersey, New York, Utah, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Trondheim, Norway.

In January 2006, Baylor University selected Anton Armstrong from a field of 118 distinguished nominees to receive the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The award is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. He spent February-June 2007 in residency at Baylor University as a visiting professor. In March 2007 he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Boychoir School, and in October 2009 he received The Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University.

We Rise to Bless You Still choir now has 168 singers

The organizing committee for the We Rise to Bless You Still April 19, 2015 memorial concert announces that the full roster of 168 singers has been filled.  Any names coming in at this point will go on a waiting list.

Former Mayor Ron Norick, who was mayor during the bombing, will speak at this event. 

Chorister Participation Details for the OALA Choral Festival remembering the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing

PERFORMANCE TIME: 5 PM, Sunday, April 19, 2015. 

REHEARSAL DETAILS -- 

WHERE?    Rehearsals and performance at FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, NW 25 and Western, OKC.

WHEN? Rehearsals Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday, at 2 PM.

Singers MUST be present for these two scheduled rehearsals.

WHO can sing?

The chorus is full but we will accept names as alternates. 

We  have a choir of 168, symbolic of the number of lives lost in the bombing.

WHO IS CONDUCTING THE CHOIR?

DR. ANTON ARMSTRONG, Director of Choral studies at St Olaf College, Northfield, MN. 

Dr. Armstrong is an internationally respected choral director and has vast experience in leading professional as well as amateur choirs for important events.  He led a service much like ours in New York in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist acts.  Singing under him promises to be intellectually and spiritually inspired!  More information about Dr. Armstrong is at the bottom of this page.


REPERTOIRE FOR THE CONCERT

ALL NOTES AND RHYTHMS MUST BE LEARNED PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL WEEKEND

1 God Is Here, Green arr by Ferguson, Hope #DFW 214                        

2 Requiem, Gilkyson, arr Johnson, G Schirmer  #50486569                  

3 I Lift Up Mine Eyes,  Pote, Hope #A595                              

4 Abide With Me, Jasperse, Augsburg #0-8006-7470-7                  

5 It Is Well W/My Soul, Bliss arr. Yu-Shan Tsai, Augsburg #978-1-4514-6237-1    

6 Canticle of Hope, Joseph Martin, Harold Flammer #A 6983              

7 Ride on King Jesus, Trad. Spiritual arr Hogan,Hal Leonard #08703210                  

8 O God Beyond All Praising, Holst arr. Proulx, GIA #G-3190                        

Music is available for purchase at PENDERS MUSIC COMPANY

WHAT ASSISTANCE WILL YOU PROVIDE TO HELP US LEARN THE MUSIC?

Choir directors are encouraged to use the repertoire with their entire choirs as they see its usefulness and effectiveness within their planning for the year.

Practice voice part files are now available to the music directors.  Duplication of these parts to a CD for each singer will be up to the individual director.  The download link can also be emailed to individual singers.

Two rehearsals will be held at First Presbyterian prior to the festival weekend.  All singers are strongly encouraged to attend these.  Attendance to at least one is required.  These dates are March 1 and April 12 from 3-5pm. 

FURTHER QUESTIONS?   Email Nancy Krause: music@stpaulsokc.com   

TO PARTICIPATE -- 

Please request the Registration Document from music@epiphanyokc.com and once you have received it, fill in the required info and send to our registrar, Puffer Jones: puffer@fpcokc.org 

More information about Dr. Armstrong: 

Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir

Dr Armstrong

in 1990 after ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he had served on the faculty of Calvin College and led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, and the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale.

Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. He is editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor (with John Ferguson) of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. In June 1998, he began his tenure as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. A graduate of the American Boychoir School, Dr. Armstrong served for over twenty years on the summer faculty of their summer program ALBEMARLE and held the position of Conductor of the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale, a 75-voice treble chorus based in Grand Rapids, from 1981-1990. He has conducted the Troubadours, a 30-voice boys ensemble of the Northfield Youth Choirs, since 1991. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School and the Board of Chorus America.

In February 2005, The St. Olaf Choir shared the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in presenting the finale concert for the national conference of the American Choral Director’s Association at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California. Active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor and lecturer, Anton Armstrong was honored in June 2003 to serve as the first Peter Godfrey Visiting Professor of Choral Music at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

In the summer of 2001, Dr. Armstrong conducted the World Youth Choir sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Music with concerts in Venezuela and the United States. Recent international engagements include serving as a guest conductor at the 2010 Zimriya-The World Assembly of Choirs, and in March 2011 Dr. Armstrong returned to guest conduct the Formosa Singers of Taipei, Taiwan. In the summer of 2011 he was a guest conductor of the Prague Proms International Music Festival sponsored by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured as a clinician at the Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia (1996), the Eighth World Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008,) and led a conducting master class at the Ninth World Symposium of Choral Music in Puerto Madryn, Argentina (2011). He will return to Israel in July 2013 to once again serve as a guest conductor of the 23rd Zimriya-The World Assembly of Choirs. Finally, he is serving as the Co-Chair of the Artistic Committee for the 10th World Symposium of Choral Music being held in Seoul, South Korea in August 2014.

Dr. Armstrong has frequently conducted ensembles and appeared before regional, national, and international gatherings of the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation of Choral Music, Music Educators National Conference, Choristers Guild, American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and the Orff-Schulwerk Association. In recent years he has guest conducted such noted ensembles as the Utah Symphony and Symphony Chorus, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, and the American Boychoir. He has also collaborated in concert with Bobby McFerrin and Garrison Keillor.

During 2012-13, Dr. Armstrong will lead choral festivals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York, and Orlando, Florida. Other guest conducting/lecturing engagements in 2012-13 include appearances in New Jersey, New York, Utah, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Trondheim, Norway.

In January 2006, Baylor University selected Anton Armstrong from a field of 118 distinguished nominees to receive the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The award is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. He spent February-June 2007 in residency at Baylor University as a visiting professor. In March 2007 he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Boychoir School, and in October 2009 he received The Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University.

OALA Historical Document: Date and Speakers Announced for 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Prayer Service

OALA President Rev. Stephen Bird has announced that the Oklahoma City prayer service for the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 4 PM. The service will be at the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord, 7336 W Britton Road in Oklahoma City.

Featured Speakers will be Rev. Joseph Alsay (St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church) and Dr. Randall Faulkner (Metropolitan Baptist Church). 

Plans advance for 2015 OALA Choral Festival commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building Bombing

OALA will sponsor a choral festival April 18-19, 2015  in conjunction with the events commemorating the 20th anniversairy of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995.

  • The event will feature a chorus of 168 singers recruited from the choirs of Oklahoma City churches. The planning committee is inviting churches to send 8 singers each.
  • The concert will be at the First Presbyterian Church at NW 25th and Western.
  • The choral clinician and conductor for the concert will be Dr. Anton Armstrong, of St. Olaf University in Minnesota.
  • The workshop/rehearsal of the festival will be on Saturday, April 18 between 9 AM and 3 PM and also 90 minutes in advance of the concert.  Attendance at all of the workshop/rehearsal is required for singers.
  • There will be two earlier rehearsals, Sunday March 1 and SUnday March 12, from 3 to 5 PM. Attendance at one of these rehearsals is required for singers.

About Dr. Armstrong. . .

Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990 after ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he had served on the faculty of Calvin College and led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, and the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale.

Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. He is editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor (with John Ferguson) of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. In June 1998, he began his tenure as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. A graduate of the American Boychoir School, Dr. Armstrong served for over twenty years on the summer faculty of their summer program ALBEMARLE and held the position of Conductor of the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale, a 75-voice treble chorus based in Grand Rapids, from 1981-1990. He has conducted the Troubadours, a 30-voice boys ensemble of the Northfield Youth Choirs, since 1991. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School and the Board of Chorus America.

In February 2005, The St. Olaf Choir shared the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in presenting the finale concert for the national conference of the American Choral Director’s Association at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California. Active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor and lecturer, Anton Armstrong was honored in June 2003 to serve as the first Peter Godfrey Visiting Professor of Choral Music at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

In the summer of 2001, Dr. Armstrong conducted the World Youth Choir sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Music with concerts in Venezuela and the United States. Recent international engagements include serving as a guest conductor at the 2010 Zimriya-The World Assembly of Choirs, and in March 2011 Dr. Armstrong returned to guest conduct the Formosa Singers of Taipei, Taiwan. In the summer of 2011 he was a guest conductor of the Prague Proms International Music Festival sponsored by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured as a clinician at the Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia (1996), the Eighth World Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008,) and led a conducting master class at the Ninth World Symposium of Choral Music in Puerto Madryn, Argentina (2011). He will return to Israel in July 2013 to once again serve as a guest conductor of the 23rd Zimriya-The World Assembly of Choirs. Finally, he is serving as the Co-Chair of the Artistic Committee for the 10th World Symposium of Choral Music being held in Seoul, South Korea in August 2014.

Dr. Armstrong has frequently conducted ensembles and appeared before regional, national, and international gatherings of the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation of Choral Music, Music Educators National Conference, Choristers Guild, American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and the Orff-Schulwerk Association. In recent years he has guest conducted such noted ensembles as the Utah Symphony and Symphony Chorus, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, and the American Boychoir. He has also collaborated in concert with Bobby McFerrin and Garrison Keillor.

During 2012-13, Dr. Armstrong will lead choral festivals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York, and Orlando, Florida. Other guest conducting/lecturing engagements in 2012-13 include appearances in New Jersey, New York, Utah, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Trondheim, Norway.

In January 2006, Baylor University selected Anton Armstrong from a field of 118 distinguished nominees to receive the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The award is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. He spent February-June 2007 in residency at Baylor University as a visiting professor. In March 2007 he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Boychoir School, and in October 2009 he received The Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University.

 

OALA creates directories for Art of Oklahoma City churches and Oklahoma Liturgical Artists.

OALA has created two directories at this website: 

Art of Oklahoma City churches will contain pictures of art found in Oklahoma City churches of all Christian denominations. To include your church's art, please send photos together with short descriptions of the art to music@epiphanyokc.com. In the descriptions, include the genre, name of the artist, name of the church, and parent denomination (if there is one.)

Directory of Liturgical Artists contains information about Oklahoma artists of all genres working in Liturgical Art.

 

 

OALA Historical Document -- OALA sponsoring service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 19, 2014.

The Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts will observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a prayer service on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 4 PM, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, located at 2717 W.Hefner Road in Oklahoma City.  

The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee, executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches will be one of the speakers.  The rest of the program will be announced as the date draws closer.

Music will be provided by the music ministries of Chapel Hill UMC together with choir members from other choirs of the area.

For more information, contact Bob Waldrop at music@epiphanyokc.com

OALA to present Choir Festival commemorating the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the federal building on April 19, 2015.

Combined choirs of area churches will present a concert in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building on Sunday, April 19, 2015.  The event will be preceded by a weekend clinic for choirs which will rehearse the music for the concert.  The clinician will be Dr. Anton Armstrong, director of the St. Olaf Choir of St. Olaf's University in Northfield, Minnesota.

Choirs that will be participating include St. Paul's Lutheran, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Church of the Epiphany, First Presbyterian, and Peace Lutheran.

Time and venue will be announced as it is determined.

OALA is interested in discussing the possibilities of co-sponsorship of this event with other area organizations. 

OALA Historical Document -- Adorning the Church for High Holy Days -- a workshop on the design and use of banners in worship.

Presented by Anne McGuire, Director of Programs and Ministries at the Maria Stein Shrine in Ohio. Formerly the President of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts, Anne has a particular interest and experience in worship and the arts, with a focus on integrating quality artistic expression with the liturgical emphasis appropriate to the Christian year.  She has been involved with fabric arts in worship spaces, from design and consultation, to experimentation and implementation, including a variety of worship sizes and architectural shapes.

The event will be Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 10 AM to 4 PM at All Souls Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City. Lunch will be provided. 

Cost:  $30 if paid by January 7, 2013; $40 thereafter. Includes lunch.

Participation is limited! Book early to ensure admission!

To reserve your place in the workshop --

Mail name,
contact information, and church affiliation to
--

OALA, 10600 S. Penn
#16-244, OKC, OK 73170.

Checks may be made payable to OALA (Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts

 

Workshop Outline. . . 

"We will shout for joy when you are victorious, and will lift up our banners in the name of the Lord." Psalm 20:5

History and Tradition
From the Veil of the Temple to the pilgrimage of Egeria in the 4th Century AD and on to the modern liturgical use of banners in Christian worship. A show and tell of the deep faith of fabric artists.

Process of Design
How to develop the design for banners that speak to the heart of love in every community of faith.

Practical ideas
for bringing dreams to life with fabric art.         

Elements of Implementation            
A thorough examination of the materials and tools that bring visions to life in art and fabric.

A Practical Demonstration
We will bring the various elements to life as we produce a banner design.     

For more information, email music@epiphanyokc.com.