Instruments of Peace
By Catherine Wethington, Dir. of Children’s & Youth Choirs
In March the Children’s Choir and Youth Choir are both working on songs about peace. Music has an uncanny ability to express our hopes and emotions through metaphor and can often pinpoint to the depths of our desires more than just words. Music can literally get to the heart of the matter. The Children are working on two pieces, Sanctuary and I’ve Got Peace Like a River and the Youth Choir is working on Al Shlosha. The children learned that a Sanctuary can be more than a room in a church, but is the place where people come together in the presence of God and that they can be a Sanctuary for God. The translation of Al Shlosha is, “The world is sustained by three things, by truth, by justice, and by peace.” In a world climate such as ours it is important that our children know that they can be instruments of God’s love and peace in their communities and these three songs allow them to express that ability.
March Tune-Ups and Musical Offerings
By Jerry Rich, Director of Music
On March 18, I’ll be attending a church music workshop given by Dr. Anthony Leach, Professor of Music at Penn State. It will focus on the history, significance and presentation of African American spirituals, while suggesting contemporary choral settings suitable for groups like our Chancel Choir.
Trinity’s Chancel Choir will present a new anthem in March—Elaine Hagenberg’s stunning O Love (http://www.elainehagenberg.com/olove.html)—as well as simple settings of Psalm 51 by William Rowan and Christopher Willcock, Marie Pooler’s penitential Wondrous Love, and JS Bach’s ever-popular Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring. The Trinity Ringers’ Lenten offering will be Ron Mallory’s dramatic How Hast Thou Offended, based on the hymns GETHSEMANE and HERZLIEBSTER JESU (#290 and #289 in our Hymnal). If you’ve ever thought of joining one of Trinity’s adult choirs, now is a great time to sit in on a rehearsal and see what we’re planning for Easter! Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. for the Trinity Ringers and 7:30 p.m. for the Chancel Choir.