Thursday, May 13, 2010

2002 WLA Traveling Choir at the Weidner Center in Green Bay, WI

This is the performance that started it all.

Short story:

An audio recording of this perfomance (John Rutter's Te Deum, Petri Laaksonen's Täälla Pohjantähden älle, Hans Leo Hassler's Lord, Let at Last Thine Angels Come, and Moses Hogan's I Can Tell the World) was sent to the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association to audition the WLA Traveling Choir to sing for the 2002 WCDA State Convention at UW-Oshkosh.

There, TC performed an all sacred concert including Randoll Alan Bass' Gloria and Jackson Berkey's View Me, Lord, a Work of Thine. In the audience of choir directors was Dr. James Kinchen, director at UW-Parkside, who recommended the WLA Traveling Choir to sing under his direction at Carnegie Hall the next year.

While it didn't work to join Dr. Kinchen at Carnegie Hall, the WLA Traveling Choir did sing Randall Thompson's Frostiana at Carnegie Hall in 2004.  We have gone back twice since then, in 2007 and 2009 singing works of Jackson Berkey and Aaron Copland under the direction of Almeda Berkey.

In the past school year alone, I have had five more direct invitations to bring the WLA Traveling Choir back out to New York to sing at either Carnegie Hall or the Lincoln Center.  God certainly has blessed us!

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