About The Ward Choir

August 2nd, 2011

Welcome to the The Ward Choir Notes.  Our choir has been around for years.  All of the members of our choir live geographically close (hey, we’re mostly neighbors) and with few exceptions are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Our choir is definitely a labor of love as no one is paid and we get together every Thursday evening for practice. We usually sing twice a month in our worship services but sometimes we sing more often than that. Our choir consists of about 35-40 regular attendees.  We are graced with sopranos and altos who are not only lovely to listen to, but are just a lovely to look at.  On the other hand, the men are not as cute, but they have good spirits. Many choirs like ours have difficulty attracting and retaining men and so we’re blessed to have 14-16 men (almost split evenly between tenors and basses) who attend every practice.  Of course, when the basketball or football games are on television or the ladies’ bookclub meets, attendance falls a little.

We have good regular attendance at our practices.  Because of this, we are able to work up and perform a little more difficult numbers than a typical Ward Choir. We’re thankful to Sally Deford and Craig Petrie whose inspired arrangements and compositions have made their way to the internet and without charge into our choir repertoire.  Sally and Craig’s arrangements have been the foundation for a wonderful spirit in our worship services as well as a sense of accomplishment in the choir.  May they be blessed for their willingness to share their talents.

We are fortunate to have a rather large library of music which has collected over the years and we try to pull from that source as we feel the need.  We are always interested in performing arrangements of the songs from our hymnbook.  The congregation hears them as familiar and they appreciate an original arrangement.  Brent Jorgensen has published a series of hymn arrangements called Hymnplicity. The choir sings directly from the hymnbook and uses a ‘roadmap’ Brent has included with the accompaniments.  These roadmaps are okay to print out and distribute and you’ll see that I have posted those roadmaps in my listings.

Finally, we have the most wonderful accompanists.  Three lovely and talented women who are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that the choir has the accompaniment it needs to shine.  They are really accomplished and between the three (sometimes four) of them, they can play whatever I throw at them.  It’s nice as between them I have an accomplished organist and a flautist as well.  With many of our pieces, the arrangers and composers have included optional instrumental parts for violins or C-instruments.  We also have in our ward talented instrumentalists who are always willing to step up and help out in that regard.  It’s so nice to have a couple of violins in the background on some numbers and incredible to have piano, organ, violins and flutes along with the choir for the big numbers.  How blessed we are!

As you can see, we have planned the entire year ahead and with the exception of our Christmas Program, have listed all the music on our site.  With the ability for members to download music and schedules directly from our site, it has made my job as choir directer much easier to keep on top of.  If you are a choir director and would like to utilize this planning that has been done, please feel free.  I hope it helps you.

So, there you have it.  The Ward Choir story in a nutshell.  Join in, let us know what you think and use this music to enrich your worship service by inviting the spirit of the Lord through beautiful music.

Sincerely,

The Director

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