Skip to main content
With One Accord

With One Accord

By Houston Chamber Choir
Every Monday and Friday at noon CT, the Houston Chamber Choir presents the With One Accord podcast, your one-stop shop for choral joy!
Join us for Music Mondays with Artistic Director Robert Simpson as he presents favorite moments from past performances, get a glimpse into the personalities of the Houston Chamber Choir on Behind the Music with St.John Flynn, and take a look at the choral world’s rising stars on our Education Spotlight with Operations Manager April Harris.

Visit us at: houstonchamberchoir.org
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Currently playing episode

Swimming Over London

With One Accord

Swimming Over London

With One Accord

1x
Music Mondays featuring Chanticleer
Music Mondays featuring Chanticleer and Countertenor & Assistant Music Director Gerrod Pagenkopf. "Trade Winds," composed by Zhou Tian (b. 1981), was performed by Chanticleer with soloists tenor Matthew Mazzola and countertenor Adam Ward. This was recorded live in concert at Mission Santa Clara, September 18, 2019, during the "Trade Winds" concert.
07:45
May 10, 2021
Behind the Music | Mark Buller
In this episode arts and culture expert St. John Flynn speaks to composer Mark Buller! Buller has collaborated with the Houston Chamber Choir on several occasions, including our most recent commission "The Passion of St. Cecilia".
47:13
May 7, 2021
Music Mondays featuring the Young People's Chorus of NYC
"So Much On My Soul," composed by Ellen Reid and text by Adedayo, Ana, Brandon, Marcus, Ronan and Skye of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, was performed by the Young People's Chorus of New York City at National Sawdust on September 27, 2020.
13:49
May 3, 2021
Education Spotlight | Dr. Zanaida Stewart Robles
Houston Chamber Choir speaks with conductor, singer and composer Dr. Zanaida Stewart Robles! Dr. Robles is a monumental community leader and advocate for diversity and inclusivity and shines with her ability to educate, motivate and inspire through choral music. Her vocal talents and passion for choral music performance and education have greatly benefited her Southern California community, as well as national and international audiences and students.
26:56
April 30, 2021
Music Mondays featuring the National Lutheran Choir
Music Mondays featuring the National Lutheran Choir and Artistic Director David Cherwien. "Hold On!", text comes from a Negro Spiritual and arranged by Marques L.A. Garrett, was performed by the National Lutheran Choir and featured in their 2020 Virtual All Saints Program – “In Memoriam: We Remember.”
06:52
April 26, 2021
Behind the Music | Paul English
In this episode arts and culture expert St. John Flynn speaks with composer, pianist, producer and educator Paul English! Get to know Paul as he shares his favorite memories during the Houston Chamber Choir concerts, his musical childhood, and his expansive career.
43:34
April 23, 2021
Music Mondays featuring Boston Children's Chorus
Music Mondays featuring the Boston Children's Chorus and representing the choir Director of Artistic Programming Robbie Jacobs. "Harriet Tubman," composed by Walter Robinson and arranged by Kathleen McGuire, was performed by the Boston Children's Chorus at their 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert "She Persisted" at Boston Symphony Hall, and was conducted by Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins with Pieter Struyk on percussion.
07:44
April 19, 2021
Behind the Music | Michael Skarke
In this episode arts and culture expert St. John Flynn speaks with countertenor Michael Skarke! Michael is one of the newest members of the Houston Chamber Choir, embarking on our journey with his unique voice since December of last year.
45:07
April 16, 2021
Music Mondays featuring The Crossing
Music Mondays featuring The Crossing and Artistic Director and Conductor Donald Nally. "At Piece," the last movement from "A Native Hill" (music by Gavin Bryars and words by Wendell Berry) was composed as a gift for The Crossing, dedicated to Cassia Bryars-Rockey, and in memoriam Julian Rockey. It was recorded on October 8-11, 2019 at St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, Malvern, PA and included in A Native Hill by Navona Records.
18:08
April 12, 2021
Behind the Music | Jack Byrom
In this episode arts and culture expert St. John Flynn speaks to Tenor and Board Member Jack Byrom! Byrom has performed with the Houston Chamber Choir since 2014. Jack is a double performer: in the tenor section during the weekends and as a full time lawyer during the week!
45:43
April 9, 2021
Music Mondays featuring Cantus
Music Mondays featuring Cantus and Tenor Paul Scholtz. “Stars,” composed by Ēriks Ešenvalds, was recorded by Cantus on March 17, 2020 and is included in their album The COVID-19 Sessions.
10:36
April 5, 2021
Music Mondays featuring the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas
Music Mondays featuring the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas and Artistic Director Cynthia Nott. “Peace” (composed by Ruth Watson Henderson) and "Patapan" (arr. Roger Stratton, translation by Janine Cortell) were performed by the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas and Mary Anna Salo, piano on December 1, 2019 at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
08:24
March 29, 2021
Education Spotlight | Sonja Bruzauskas
Houston Chamber Choir speaks with musician and educator Sonja Bruzauskas. Sonja is the Founder and Director of the pARTnerschools, an arts education non-profit dedicated to bringing the joy of music and art to all children, especially in our underserved communities. She also has a rich history with Houston Chamber Choir, formerly serving as a board member, choir member and instructor for the Rise Up Singing! educational program.
37:48
March 26, 2021
Music Mondays | Nostalgia World
Nostalgia World was performed virtually in "A Time to Give Thanks", the first concert of our 2020-2021 season To Everything A Season. Watch the full video performance on the Houston Chamber Choir Digital Stage. Ryan Stickney and L. Wayne Ashley, scat soloists; Jesús Pacheco, percussion; Thomas Helton, bass.
06:25
March 22, 2021
Behind the Music | One-Year Anniversary of With One Accord
In this episode, we're celebrating With One Accord's one-year anniversary! Learn more about the podcast straight from the creators: how we came up with the idea, the ins and outs of post-production, and how we've raised the podcast to where it is today! Don't forget to stay until the end of this episode and enjoy some of our favorite clips from behind-the-scenes!
41:12
March 19, 2021
Music Mondays | Gloria
“Gloria” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at the 2016-2017 season’s “Mass in B Minor.” Concertists: Kelli Lawless, Lauren Pastorek, Matthew Mazzola and Rameen Chaharbaghi Gloria (From Mass in B Minor, BWV 232) J.S. Bach (1685-1750) [Sung in Latin] [English translation:] Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to people of good will.
09:39
March 15, 2021
Behind the Music | Marc Garvin
In this episode arts and culture expert St. John Flynn speaks to classical guitarist Marc Garvin! Marc has performed with the Houston Chamber on a number of occasions, and we're glad to welcome him back at our upcoming concert, A Time to Journey Inward, which will debut on Sunday, March 21st on our Digital Stage.
46:10
March 12, 2021
Music Mondays featuring Volti
Music Mondays featuring Volti and Founder & Artistic Director Robert Geary.  “Cæli enarrant,” composed by Robin Estrada, was performed by Volti with soloists Celeste Winant, Philip Saunders, Nica Claire Dennis, and Andrea Mich at their premiere on March 23, 2017.
14:25
March 8, 2021
Behind the Music | Rebecca Castillo
In this episode arts and culture expert St. John Flynn speaks to soprano and educator Rebecca Castillo! Rebecca joined the soprano section of the Houston Chamber Choir in 2018 and has ever since enriched our performances. She is also very dedicated to teaching, lifting young voices at her work every day!
47:09
March 5, 2021
Music Mondays featuring Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus
Music Mondays featuring the Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus and Former Artistic Director Emily Ellsworth.  “Stars Do Tell,” composed by Imant Raminsh and text by Okanagan First Nation poet Ben Abel, was performed by Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus and accompanied by William Buhrat on July 2012 at Glinka Cappella at St. Petersburg, Russia.
09:26
March 1, 2021
Education Spotlight | Greg Fernandes
In this episode, we speak with musician, educator and motivational speaker Greg Fernandes. Greg is an Assistant Conductor for the Boston Children’s Chorus and the Founder of the music and mentorship non-profit, The Rose Conservatory. Greg is a passionate and dedicated leader in his community, who strives to help children of all backgrounds harness their potential and creativity positively through the power of music and shared experience.  
24:21
February 26, 2021
Music Mondays featuring the Elmer Iseler Singers
Music Mondays featuring the Elmer Iseler Singers and Artistic Director Lydia Adams.  "Ave Verum" composed by Peter Togni was performed by Elmer Iseler Singers at the Église du Gesu in Montreal on April 27th, 2019.
10:28
February 22, 2021
Music Mondays featuring Cappella SF
Music Mondays featuring Cappella SF and Artistic Director Ragnar Bohlin.  "V. The Book of Matthew" from Sirens by Mason Bates was performed by Cappella SF in March 2018.
10:19
February 15, 2021
Behind the Music | Rameen Chaharbaghi
In the latest episode, we welcome Rameen Chaharbaghi, who has sung bass in the Houston Chamber Choir since 2016! Rameen is also a passionate music educator, having inspired young generations to enjoy music. Watch or listen to the episode and find out Rameen's favorites with his curated Spotify playlist!
41:44
February 12, 2021
Music Mondays | Give Me Strength
“Give Me Strength” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir and the Treble Choir of Houston at the 2019-2020 season’s “Circlesong” and will be featured in their upcoming album to be released by Signum Classics. Give Me Strength Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) Give me strength to the walk the soft earth. Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand that I might be like you With your power only can I face the winds, All over the earth we are all alike. Look upon these faces of children without number and with children in their arms. With your power only can they face the winds and walk the good road to the day of quiet. Give me strength.
06:38
February 8, 2021
Behind the Music | Dr. Carey Cannon
For this very special 100th episode, we're inviting one of the Houston Chamber Choir's dear long friends, Dr. Carey Cannon! Carey is Minister of Music at South Main Baptist Church, and he has assisted us tremendously in preparing concerts held in the church's venue, especially the Hear the Future Annual Invitational festival, which we traditionally perform there every season! Watch or listen to the episode and find out Dr. Cannon's big favorites with his curated Spotify playlist!
50:27
February 5, 2021
Music Mondays featuring Houston Boychoir
Music Mondays featuring Houston Boychoir and Artistic Director Carole Nelson. "Psalm 150, Op. 67," composed by Benjamin Britten and conducted by John Markert, was performed by Houston Boychoir during their spring concert on May 20, 2018.
10:58
February 1, 2021
Education Spotlight | Dr. Dawn Neely
Today we welcome University of West Georgia’s Dr. Dawn Neely, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Workshop. Dr. Neely has taken an extremely inventive approach to vocal training, incorporating yoga and other meditative exercise for a fuller, more mindful music experience.
14:31
January 29, 2021
Music Mondays featuring the Dallas Chamber Choir
Music Mondays featuring the Dallas Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon L. Culpepper. "Flight Song," composed by Kim André Arnesen and text by Euan Tait, was performed by the Dallas Chamber Choir on August 2018 at the Moody Performance Hall Dallas Texas
07:12
January 25, 2021
Behind the Music | Special Feature: Creating "A Time to Lift Up"
This episode is a special feature where we welcome our very own Choral Conducting Intern Emily Jenkins and Manager of Operations April Harris! Jenkins and Harris are the amazing duo behind our next concert, A Time to Lift Up, a special tribute to music educators debuting on January 31st free of charge on our Digital Stage. Watch or listen to the episode and get in the mood for our upcoming concert "A Time to Lift Up" with this Spotify playlist!
17:19
January 22, 2021
Music Mondays | A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. featuring "Lift Every Voice" performed by Exigence and Artistic Director Eugene Rogers..
05:59
January 18, 2021
Behind the Music | Ryan Stickney
Alto, arranger and composer Ryan Stickney chats with arts and culture expert St. John Flynn about her love for music in childhood, her musical journey in college and with the Houston Chamber Choir, and her other talents offstage!! Ryan has been a member of the Houston Chamber Choir since 2011 and has arranged several performance pieces for our ensemble. Watch or listen to the episode and find out Grass' musical influences with his curated Spotify playlist!
45:57
January 15, 2021
Music Mondays featuring the Salt Lake Vocal Artists
Music Mondays featuring the Salt Lake Vocal Artists and Artistic Director Dr. Brady Allred. "Stars," composed by Ēriks Ešenvalds and text by Sara Teasdale, was commissioned for the Salt Lake Vocal Artists in 2011. "Stars" was premiered by the Salt Lake Vocal Artists at Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 26, 2011.
10:22
January 11, 2021
Education Spotlight | Emily Jenkins
In this episode, we welcome our Choral Conducting Intern, Emily Jenkins! She is in her second season with the Houston Chamber Choir and just began her second year of doctoral studies at the University of Houston, studying with Dr. Betsy Cook Weber and Dr. Jeb Mueller. She has conducted several pieces for the Houston Chamber Choir and was the featured conductor for the 21st Annual Hear the Future Invitational Choral Festival in January 2020.
25:36
January 8, 2021
Music Mondays featuring Bella Voce
Music Mondays featuring Bella Voce and Artistic Director Andrew Lewis. “Cum sancto spiritu" from Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 composed by J.S Bach and performed live at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois, on November 4, 2018 for the debut of Bella Voce Sinfonia (Bella Voce’s own period instrument orchestra).
06:57
January 4, 2021
Happy New Year!
A message from our Education Spotlight host, April Harris.
00:55
January 1, 2021
Music Mondays | My Lord Has Come
“My Lord Has Come” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2017-2018 season’s “Christmas at the Villa” concert and is featured in the album “Behold the Star!” released in 2018. My Lord Has Come Will Todd (b. 1970) Shepherds, called by angels, called by love and angels; no place for them but a stable. My Lord has come. Sages, searching for stars, searching for love in heaven; no place for them but a stable. My Lord has come. His love will hold me, his love will cherish me, love will cradle me. Lead me to see him, sages and shepherds and angels; no place for me but a stable. My Lord has come.
05:40
December 28, 2020
Merry Christmas!
A message from our  Behind the Music host, St. John Flynn.
00:48
December 25, 2020
Music Mondays | Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King
“Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King” was performed by tenor L. Wayne Ashley and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2018-2019 season’s “Christmas at the Villa” concert and is featured in the album “Behold the Star!” released in 2018. Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King Traditional Spiritual arr. Moses Hogan (1957-2003) What will we call that pretty little baby? Baby born in Bethlehem. What will we call that pretty little baby? Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Where was He born, this pretty little baby? Down in a lowly manger. Where His birth was in a stable. Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Born this night, the Son of Mary. Hail the heav'n-born Prince of peace. Glory to the newborn King. Glory, glory, glory to the newborn King. Go and tell it on the mountain, Lord, over the hills and ev'rywhere. Why don't you go tell it on the mountain, Lord, that Jesus Christ is born. We're singing, All praise to the newborn King, Hail, the newborn King, Glory, glory, glory to the newborn King.
07:02
December 21, 2020
Behind the Music | Jeff Grass
Jeff Grass chats with arts and culture expert St. John Flynn on his professional musical journey with the Paragon Brass Ensemble, establishing himself as a photographer, and his longtime friendship with the Houston Chamber Choir! Watch or listen to the episode and find out Grass' musical influences with his curated Spotify playlist!
38:21
December 18, 2020
Music Mondays | Thou Shalt Know Him
“Thou Shalt Know Him” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2017-2018 season’s “Christmas at the Villa” concert and is featured in the album “Behold the Star!” released in 2018. Thou Shalt Know Him Mark Sirett (b. 1952) Thou shalt know him when he comes, Not by any din of drums, Nor his manners, nor his airs, Nor by anything he wears. Thou shalt know him when he comes, Not by his crown or by his gown, But his coming known shall be, by the holy harmony which his coming makes in thee. Thou shalt know him when he comes. Amen.
05:14
December 14, 2020
Behind the Music | Stacey Franklin
Join arts and culture expert St. John Flynn and composer Stacey Franklin. Franklin has been singing with the Houston Chamber Choir since 2011 and featured in a number of solo performances. Additionally, she's an active harpist and a member of Six of One, a Houston-based all-female a cappella group. Watch or listen to the episode and find out Franklin's musical influences with his curated Spotify playlist!
40:46
December 11, 2020
Music Mondays | I Saw a Maiden
“I Saw a Maiden” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2016-2017 season’s “Christmas at the Villa” concert and is featured in the album Behold the Star! released in 2018. I Saw a Maiden Basque Noël, 15th century arr. Edgar Pettman (1866-1943) I saw a maiden sitten and sing: She lulled a child, a sweete Lording. Lullay, lullay, my dear son, my sweeting. Lullay, lullay, my dear heart, my own dear darling. This very Lord he made alle thing: Of lordes the Lord, of kinges the King. Lullay, lullay, my dear son, my sweeting. Lullay, lullay, my dear heart, my own dear darling. There was mickle melody at that childes birth: And all in heaven's bliss, they made mickle mirth. Lullay, lullay, my dear son, my sweeting. Lullay, lullay, my dear heart, my own dear darling. Angels sang that night and saiden to that child: Now blest be thou and she, both meek and mild. Lullay, lullay, my dear son, my sweeting. Lullay, lullay, my dear heart, my own dear darling. Pray we to that child and to His mother dear, His blessing to them that maken now cheer. Lullay, lullay, my dear son, my sweeting. Lullay, lullay, my dear heart, my own dear darling.
05:53
December 7, 2020
Education Spotlight | Casulana Women’s Choir of Houston
In this episode, we're shining the spotlight on Casulana Women's Choir of Houston! Join arts education enthusiast April Harris as she chats with one of Casulana’s co-Artistic Directors, Janwin Overstreet-Goode, and Janwin’s mentee and Casulana choir member, Kylee Hill. Hear all about the ensemble’s powerful eponym, Janwin and Kylee’s inspiring choral journeys in friendship and mentorship, and plans for the future of Casulana.
20:60
December 4, 2020
Music Mondays featuring Seraphic Fire
Music Mondays featuring Seraphic Fire and Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley. “Sicut Cervus”, composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, recorded and produced at home by Seraphic Fire. Sopranos; Sara Guttenberg (IL), Sarah Moyer (MA), Molly Quinn (NC & UK) and Nola Richardson (NY) Altos; Luthien Brackett (UK), Doug Dodson (MA) and Andrew Rader (IN) Tenors; Brad Diamond (AL), Patrick Muehleise (NY) and Steven Soph (PA) Basses; James K. Bass (CA), Kyle Ferrill (KY) and John Buffett (CA)
05:39
November 30, 2020
RERUN: Behind the Music | Daniel J. Knaggs
Join arts and culture expert St. John Flynn and composer Daniel J. Knaggs. We have performed Daniel's compositions on many occasions, the most recent was at our "By Local" concert last season. Tune in to listen about his exciting musical journey, how he developed a friendship with the Houston Chamber Choir, his venture into music composition while at college, and his passion for teaching. Watch or listen to the episode and find out Daniel's musical influences with his curated Spotify playlist!
47:50
November 27, 2020
Music Mondays featuring the Orpheus Chamber Singers
Music Mondays featuring the Orpheus Chamber Singers and Artistic Director Donald Krehbiel.  “Sleep”, composed by Eric Whitacre, was recorded live by the Orpheus Chamber Singers on October 27, 2018 at University Park United Methodist Church.
08:31
November 23, 2020
Behind the Music | Brian Cook
Get to know more about conductor and our first Choral Intern Brian Cook as he shares with arts and culture expert St. John Flynn about his experience in the internship, his passion for music education, and his musical childhood as a member of the superb Colorado Children's Chorale! Watch or listen to the episode and find out Brian's musical influences with her curated Spotify playlist!
41:59
November 20, 2020
Music Mondays featuring Conspirare
Music Mondays featuring Conspirare and Founding Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson. “When the Guitar” composed by Reena Esmail, performed by Conspirare in November 2019 at St. Luke’s UMC and included in their album From The Singing Guitar. Soloists: Gitanjali Mathur, Estelí Gomez, Lauren McAllister, Dann Coakwell and Tim O’Brien.
11:22
November 16, 2020
Behind the Music | Gail Cameron Wescott
Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn chats with Mrs. Wescott about her time as a reporter for LIFE Magazine, covering the Kennedy's and the invasion of The Beatles on American soil in the 1960s. Mrs. Wescott also shares with us stories of her early musical journey as an alto for the elite Smith College Chamber Singers, and her special bond with the Houston Chamber Choir. Watch or listen to the episode and find out Mrs. Wescott's musical influences with her curated Spotify playlist!
44:04
November 13, 2020
Music Mondays featuring The Singers
Music Mondays featuring The Singers and Artistic Director Matthew Culloton. "Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing" composed by Herbert Howells and performed by The Singers  on March 2014.
12:44
November 9, 2020
Behind the Music | Daniel J. Knaggs
Join arts and culture expert St. John Flynn and composer Daniel J. Knaggs. We have performed Daniel's compositions on many occasions, the most recent was at our "By Local" concert last season. Tune in to listen about his exciting musical journey, how he developed a friendship with the Houston Chamber Choir, his venture into music composition while at college, and his passion for teaching. Watch or listen to the episode and find out Daniel's musical influences with his curated Spotify playlist!
47:47
November 6, 2020
Music Mondays featuring the Cincinnati Youth Choir
Music Mondays featuring the Cincinnati Youth Choir and Founder, Managing Artistic Director, and Conductor Robyn Reeves Lana. "We Will Do Miracles" composed by Dominick DiOrio and performed as a World Premiere by the Cincinnati Youth Choir on March 18, 2016 at Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
09:22
November 2, 2020
Education Spotlight | Houston Boychoir
Houston Chamber Choir speaks with Houston Boychoir’s Artistic Director Carole Nelson and Preparatory Choir Director Holly Holt Cabrera on how the organization has established a standard of choral excellence for nearly 60 years and recent tactics for replicating the in person choir experience in our new virtual age.
31:16
October 30, 2020
Music Mondays featuring San Antonio Chamber Choir
Music Mondays featuring San Antonio Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Richard Bjella.  "Hard Times Come Again No More" was composed by Stephen Foster and arranged by Shawn Kirchner. The piece was premiered by the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Shawn Kirchner on the piano and Laurel Lawshae on the violin.
10:53
October 27, 2020
Behind the Music | Mariam Khalili
Join arts and culture expert St. John Flynn and our Managing Director for this episode. Get to know Mariam as she describes her early introduction to music, her fulfilling past careers before joining the nonprofit world, and her exciting ride so far with the Houston Chamber Choir! Watch or listen to the episode and take a glimpse into her eclectic playlist full of tunes that keep her inspired in this Spotify Playlist!
43:19
October 23, 2020
Music Mondays featuring Seattle Pro Musica
Music Mondays featuring Seattle Pro Music and Artistic Director and Conductor Karen P. Thomas. "O salutaris Hostia", composed by Ēriks Ešenvalds, was performed by Seattle Pro Musica and soloists sopranos Christina Graham & Katie Skovholt. The track was recorded live in concert on March 13, 2015 and included in Seattle Pro Musica's  “Northern Lights” Album (2016).
07:53
October 19, 2020
Behind the Music | Norman Fischer
Join us on a musical journey where love and melodic harmony intertwine, with The Shepherd School of Music Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, Norman Fischer! Get to know more about Norman as he and arts and culture expert St. John Flynn chat about his early musical influences, his time as a member of the Concord String Quartet and extraordinary journey with the Fischer Duo and his participation in the recording process of Grammy® Award-winning album Duruflé: Complete Choral Works. Watch or listen to the episode and take a take a glimpse into his musical taste in this Spotify Playlist!
47:35
October 16, 2020
Music Mondays featuring Vancouver Chamber Choir
Music Mondays featuring Vancouver Chamber Choir and Founder and Conductor Emeritus Jon Washburn.  “O magnum mysterium”, composed by Morten Lauridsen, was recorded in May 2013. The track is included in the album A Quiet Place: Music for Healing III, which received the 2014 JUNO Award Nominee for Classical Album of the Year – Vocal or Choral Performance.
10:38
October 12, 2020
Behind the Music | Patrick Schneider
Get to know more about Patrick as he and arts and culture expert St. John Flynn chat about his early musical childhood, developing a love for opera performance in college and his professional shift from the opera house to the choral stage with Houston Chamber Choir. Watch or listen to the episode and take a take a glimpse into his musical taste in this Spotify Playlist!
42:10
October 9, 2020
Music Mondays featuring Exigence
Music Mondays featuring Exigence and founding conductor Eugene Rogers. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was performed and recorded virtually by Exigence and arranged by Joel Thompson.
05:46
October 5, 2020
Education Spotlight | Chorally, Clinically Proven
Arts education enthusiast April Harris speaks with Georgia State University’s Dr. Deanna Joseph and the University of North Texas’ Dr. Kristina Caswell MacMullen, on what makes a successful choral clinic and the current intricacies of adapting choral music education for an ever-evolving school year. *Fun Facts: Dr. Joseph will be a guest clinician at the 2020-21 TMEA conference next year; Dr. MacMullen was the guest clinician at Houston Chamber Choir’s Hear the Future Choral Clinic in January 2020.
36:37
September 25, 2020
Music Mondays featuring Los Angeles Master Chorale
Music Mondays featuring the Los Angeles Master Chorale and KIKI & DAVID GINDLER Artistic Director Grant Gershon. "Child of Wonder" is a selection from “The Sacred Veil”, a 12-movement work composed by Eric Whitacre, recorded by the LA Master Chorale January 13-14, 2020 at Musco Center for the Arts in Orange, California.
09:28
September 21, 2020
Behind the Music | Dr. James Whitbourn
Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn chats with Dr. James Whitbourn, Senior Research Fellow at St. Stephen’s House, Oxford, a member of the Faculty of Music in the University of Oxford and Director of Music at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Hear them chat about his collaboration with the Houston Chamber Choir for "Annelies", his early musical journey in college, his extensive career with the BCC and the music he is creating now!  Watch or listen to the episode and take a trip down memory exploring Dr. Whitbourn's first music purchase in this Spotify Playlist!
50:09
September 18, 2020
Music Mondays featuring the Lorelei Ensemble
Music Mondays featuring the Lorelei Ensemble and Artistic Director Beth Willer. "break #3 - if I have to drown" from David Lang's love fail (recorded by Lorelei Ensemble on Cantaloupe, 2020) break #3 - if I have to drown Words by David Lang Text by David Lang after Thomas of Britain, and the Yom Kippur liturgy if I have to drown, I know, that you will drown if I have to burn, I know, that you will burn if God wills it if I have to bleed, I know, that you will bleed if I have to be devoured, I know, that you will be devoured if God wills it if I have to starve, I know, that you will starve if I have to thirst, I know, that you will thirst if I have to wander, all my days, I know, that you will wander, all your days if I have to suffer, I know, that you will suffer if I have to be impoverished, I know, that you will be impoverished if I have to be degraded, I know, that you will be degraded if God wills it if God wills it, so be it
08:08
September 14, 2020
Behind the Music | Kim Nazarian
Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn sits down virtually and chats with Kim Nazarian, member of internationally acclaimed jazz vocal group New York Voices and collaborator with the Houston Chamber Choir in 2018-2019 season "I Could Write a Book." Get to know how Kim brought her special techniques to the Chamber Choir, her unexpected yet rewarding teaching profession and her adventurous three-decade career with New York Voices! Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy her special Spotify Playlist!
47:15
September 11, 2020
Music Mondays featuring the Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Music Mondays Featuring the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Artistic Director Joshua Habermann. "Angel Band" was performed by the Sante Fe Desert Chorale, arranged by Shawn Kirchner in October 2017 at Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas.  Angel Band  Arranged by Shawn Kirchner   Text by Jefferson Hascall (1807-1887)  The latest sun is sinking fast, my race is almost run, My strongest trials now are past, my triumph is begun. O come angel band, come and around me stand, O bear me away on your snow-white wings to my immortal home. I know I’m near the holy ranks of friends and kindred dear, I’ve brushed the dew on Jordan’s banks, the crossing must be near. O come angel band, come and around me stand, O bear me away on your snow-white wings to my immortal home. I’ve almost reached my heav’nly home, my spirit loudly sings, The Holy Ones, behold they come; I hear the noise of wings. O come angel band, come and around me stand, O bear me away on your snow-white wings to my immortal home. Audio recording of  "Angel Band" is courtesy of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.
09:52
September 7, 2020
Education Spotlight | St. John's School Choir (Upper School)
In this episode, arts education enthusiast April Harris speaks with St. John’s School Choral Directors Scott Bonasso and Brendan Emig, on the complexities and joys of choral studies at private institutions, and the overall importance of honoring tradition, leadership, and fellowship in successful choral programs.
53:60
September 4, 2020
Music Mondays featuring the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia
Music Mondays Featuring Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia and Artistic Director Dominick DiOrio. "I Believe in God" was performed by the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia, featuring Gleeksman Kohn Children’s Choir of Settlement Music School, conducted by Paul Rardin on November 3, 2018 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia, PA. Soloists: Sam Harris, bass; Caleb Breidenbaugh, drumset; Ting Ting Wong, piano Credo. i. I Believe in God Composed by Rollo Dilworth Text by W.E.B. DuBois I believe in God who made of one blood all races that are on earth to dwell I believe that all men, Black and brown and White, are brothers, varying through time and opportunity In form and gift and feature but differing in no essential particular, and alike in soul and the possibility of infinite development Especially do I believe in the Negro Race and the beauty of its genius, the sweetness of its soul, and the strength in that meekness, which shall yet inherit this turbulent earth I believe in pride (I believe) of race and lineage and self (I believe); in pride of self so deep as to scorn injustice to other selves (I believe); in pride of lineage so great (I believe) as to despise no man's father (I believe); in pride of race so chivalrous as neither to offer (I believe) bastardy to the weak (I believe) nor beg wedlock of the strong (I believe), knowing that men may be brothers in Christ, even though they be not brother-in-law I believe in God, I believe
06:42
August 31, 2020
Music Mondays featuring VocalEssence
Music Mondays Featuring VocalEssence and Artistic Director Phillip Brunelle. “The Day is Done” was performed by VocalEssence on October 26th, 2017 at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, MN. The Day is Done Composed by Stephen Paulins Text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The day is done, and the darkness Falls from the wings of Night, As a feather is wafted downward From an eagle in his flight. I see the lights of the village Gleam through the rain and the mist, And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me That my soul cannot resist: A feeling of sadness and longing, That is not akin to pain, And resembles sorrow only As the mist resembles the rain. Come, read to me some poem, Some simple and heartfelt lay, That shall soothe this restless feeling, And banish the thoughts of day. Not from the grand old masters, Not from the bards sublime, Whose distant footsteps echo Through the corridors of Time. For, like strains of martial music, Their mighty thoughts suggest Life's endless toil and endeavor; And to-night I long for rest. Read from some humbler poet, Whose songs gushed from his heart, As showers from the clouds of summer, Or tears from the eyelids start; Who, through long days of labor, And nights devoid of ease, Still heard in his soul the music Of wonderful melodies. Such songs have power to quiet The restless pulse of care, And come like the benediction That follows after prayer. Then read from the treasured volume The poem of thy choice, And lend to the rhyme of the poet The beauty of thy voice. And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.
07:24
August 24, 2020
Behind the Music | Marianna Parnas-Simpson
In episode 58, arts and culture expert St. John Flynn welcomes a founding member of the Houston Chamber Choir, alto Marianna-Parnas Simpson! Marianna is also Director of Chorus Program at Parker Elementary School, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Treble Choir of Houston at Christ Church Cathedral. Get to know her beautiful journey from the start, full of memories as a young conductor in Russia, a rebirth as a singer and choir director in the U.S. and her experience with the Houston Chamber Choir from founding to the recent Grammy Award! Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy her special Spotify Playlist!
49:54
August 21, 2020
Music Mondays featuring the Atlanta Master Chorale
Music Mondays Featuring the Atlanta Master Chorale and Artistic Director Eric Nelson. “When Memory Fades” was performed by the Atlanta Master Chorale and accompanied by Jonathan Easter at the “Spring Concert: Shades & Hues” on March 4, 2017 and at the ACDA National Conference on March 9, 2017 When Memory Fades Text by Mary Louise Bringle Music by Jayne Southwick Cool Arrangement by Eric Nelson When mem’ry fades and recognition falters, when eyes of love grow dim, and minds, confused, speak to our souls of love that never alters; speak to our hearts by pain and fear abused. O God of life and healing peace, empow’r us with patient courage, by your grace infused. As frailness grows, and youthful strengths diminish in weary arms, which worked their earnest fill, your aging servants labor now to finish their earthly tasks, as fits your myst’ry’s will. We grieve their waning, yet rejoice believing your arms, unwearied, shall uphold us still. Within your Spirit, goodness lives unfading. The past and future mingle into one. All joys remain, unshadowed light pervading. No valued deed will ever be undone. Your mind enfolds all finite acts and off’rings. Held in your heart, our deathless life is won! Audio recording of "When Memory Fades" and images used in this episode are courtesy of the Atlanta Master Chorale.
08:58
August 17, 2020
Behind the Music | Joshua Chavira
In this episode, arts and culture expert St. John Flynn welcomes a very special member of the Houston Chamber Choir, countertenor Joshua Chavira! Josh's unique vocals add beautiful richness and color to our alto section. Get to know Josh's musical adventure as he shares his story of finding his true beautiful singing voice, his journey with the Houston Chamber Choir and other groups in town, and his upcoming and exciting teaching position!  Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy his special Spotify Playlist!
37:53
August 14, 2020
Music Mondays featuring The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Music Mondays Featuring The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Artistic Director Scott Tucker. “Locus Iste” was recorded remotely by the members of the Choral Arts Society of Washington for an online event entitled “Awe and Joy” first broadcast on July 15, 2020. Locus Iste Anton Bruckner [Sung in Latin:] Locus iste a Deo factus est, inaestimabile sacramentum, irreprehensibilis est. [English translation:] This place was made by God, a priceless sacrament; it is without reproach. Audio production of "Locus Iste" by Arts Laureate.
05:34
August 10, 2020
Behind the Music | Dominick DiOrio
Conductor, Composer and Educator Dominick DiOrio joins Arts and Culture expert St. John Flynn in our latest episode of Behind the Music. DiOrio has received both The American Prize for Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019). He is a member of the choral conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Director of new music chamber chorus NOTUS. Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy his special Spotify Playlist!
52:44
August 7, 2020
Sanctus
Sanctus (From Mass in B Minor, BWV 232) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [Sung in Latin:] Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth, pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria ejus. [English translation:] Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts, filled are the heavens and earth with his glory. “Sanctus” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2016-2017 season’s “Mass in B Minor.”
06:57
August 3, 2020
Education Spotlight | Obra D. Tompkins High School Choir
In this episode, arts education enthusiast April Harris chats with Tompkins High School Choral Directors Christin Reinartz and Ruben Perez, our 2018-2019 season’s Hear the Future Choral Invitational Festival participants, to reflect on their journey as educators, outstanding Hear the Future performance and their choirs‘ most recent choral achievements!
48:29
July 31, 2020
Magpie Chatter
Magpie Chatter (From A Pushkin Wreath) Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998) [Sung in Russian] [English translation:] A white-flanked magpie chatters ‘neath my front gate, jumping to and fro, the motley bird foretells that I shall have guests. And imaginary bell rings in my ears, The crimson ray of dawn glimmers, and the silvery snow-dust glistens. Sleigh-bells ring, little drums beat, whilst the people, my, oh my, gaze at the gypsy girl. The gypsy girl dances, beating loudly on a drum, ah, she waves her handkerchief, laughs merrily and sings: “I’m a songstress, I’m a singer, and a first-rate enchantress. Take me with you, don’t regret it, with me the trip will be more fun!” — Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) The poem “Magpie Chatter” was recited by Marianna Parnas-Simpson, alto. The song selection was performed by soloists Lynelle Rowley, Stephanie Handal and Penelope Campbell with the Houston Chamber Choir at Yale University during its 2012 tour of the Northeast.
06:14
July 27, 2020
Behind the Music | Cecilia Duarte
Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn chats with Mezzo-Soprano Cecilia Duarte. Mexican born, Cecilia is a versatile singer excelling in a variety of genres, and encompassing early music, jazz, classical, and contemporary music throughout the country and internationally. She's also an old time recurring guest singer with the Houston Chamber Choir and soloist in our Grammy awarded Duruflé album.  Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy her special Spotify Playlist!
47:33
July 24, 2020
Smack Dab in the Middle
Smack Dab in the Middle Charles Calhoun (1901-1999) arr. Darmon Meader (b. 1961) additional lyrics by Lauren Kinhan and Darmon Meader Won’t cha throw me, jelly roll me smack dab in the middle of it all. Come an’ find me, wine an’ dine me, and let me rock an’ roll to soothe my soul. Pick me a town in any clime where people like a rockin’ good time, an’ stay awake both day an’ night, ‘til ev’rybody’s feelin’ good an’ right, Then throw me (smack dab in the middle) Pitcha me (smack dab in the middle) Chucka me Smack dab in the middle, an’ let me rock’n’roll to satisfy my soul. I want ten Cadillacs an’ a diamond mill, ten suits of clothes to dress to kill. I wanna ten-room house an’ some barbeque, an’ fifty chicks not over twenty two. Then throw me (smack dab in the middle) Chucka me (smack dab in the middle) Pulla me Smack dab in the middle, now, an’ let me rock’n’roll to satisfy my soul. I wanna lot o’ bread an’ gangs of meat, oodles of butter an’ somethin’ sweet, With loads o’ coffee just to wash it down, Bicarbonate of soda by the pound. Then throw me Smack dab in the center, child. I’m talkin’ ‘bout the holy ghost night. Just throw me smack dab in the middle, now. An’ let me rock’n’roll to satisfy my soul. Let me rock, let me roll, let me satisfy my soul. It’s the kind of constitution that your mama forbade. Look out! I’m a stucker for the center of a Tootsie Pop. Take a look at the mess I’m in, it’s a moral epidemic, they say. When the drummer sets the feet to flyin’, front an’ center’s where I’ll be. Don’t knock it if you never would, ever could. Anyone, anywhere would be dyin’ to satisfy it. Just keep me rockin’ an’ reelin’ I want a swingin’ ol’ time, where ev’rybody’s feelin’ alright. We gotta be raising’ the ceilin’. Just keep the music playin’ on, an’ we’ll be singin’ all night. I wanna be Smack dab in the center, an’ let me rock’n’roll to satisfy my soul. Want a swingin’ band, an’ a hundred fine ballet girls. A street that’s paved with natural pearls. Bring me a wagonload of bonds an’ stocks, An’ open up the door to Fort Knox. An’ throw me Smack dab in the middle Push me, shove me. Let me rock, let me roll, let me satisfy my soul. Smack dab in the middle, my friend, right from the top. Take it straight to the end. Smack dab in the middle An’ let me rock an’ roll to satisfy my soul.  “Smack Dab in the Middle” was performed by Elizabeth Tait and Michael Vaughan (soloists), the Christian McBride Trio (Christian Sands, piano; Jerome Jennings, drums; and Christian McBride, bass) and the Houston Chamber Choir at the 2015-2016 season's “Just Gettin’ Started.”
08:04
July 20, 2020
Behind the Music | Matthew J. Detrick
Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn sits down (virtually) with Founder of Apollo Chamber Players, violinist and entrepreneur Matthew J. Detrick. They talk about Apollo's guest appearance in "Christmas at the Villa" with the Houston Chamber Choir in 2018, and Matt's fascinating journey into music. Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy his special Spotify Playlist!
42:50
July 17, 2020
The Lamb
The Lamb John Tavener (1944-2013) Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, and bid thee feed By the stream and o’er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, woolly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice? Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee, Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee: He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb. He is meek, and he is mild; He became a little child. I, a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by his name. Little Lamb, God bless thee! Little Lamb, God bless thee! — William Blake (1757-1827) “The Lamb” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2013-2014 season’s “Christmas at the Villa.”
06:46
July 13, 2020
Behind the Music | Kammi Estelle and Kelli Lawless
Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn talks with longtime choir members Kammi Estelle and Kelli Lawless. The talented twin sopranos have been performing with the Houston Chamber Choir since 2005. Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy their Kammi and Kelli's special Spotify Playlists! 
49:07
July 10, 2020
Oh, Yes!
Oh, Yes! Spiritual arr. Carol Barnett (b. 1949) Oh yes! Oh, yes, Lord! Oh, wait till I put on my robe. I tell you, brethren, a mortal fact If you want to go to heav’n, don’t never look back. I want to know before I go Whether you love the Lord or no. Ever since I have been newly born I love for to see-a God’s word go on. I was in the church and prayin’ loud And on my knees to my Jesus bowed. Ol’ Satan told me to my face “I’ll get you when you leave-a this place!” Oh, brother, that scared me to my heart. I was afraid to walk when it was dark. I started home but I did pray, And I met ol’ Satan on the way. Il’ Stana mad-a one grab at me But he missed my soul and I went free. My sins went lumb’rin’ down to hell, And my soul went a-leapin’ up Zion’s hill. If ever I land on the other short I’ll never come here for to sing no more. All ‘round my waist a golden band, And the palms of vict’ry in my hand, And the golden slippers on my feet. Gonna walk up and down that golden street. — anon. Spiritual “Oh, Yes!” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at Yale University during its 2012 tour of the Northeast.
05:47
July 6, 2020
Behind the Music | Jamie Bernstein
Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn talks with Jamie Bernstein, an author, narrator, filmmaker and recent guest collaborator of the Houston Chamber Choir. Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy the special Spotify Playlist selected by our guest!
45:30
July 3, 2020
Like a Rainbow
Like a Rainbow Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) Like a rainbow, like a rainbow. Let my life be like a rainbow whose colours teach us unity; Let me follow the great circle, the roundness of power. One with the moon and the sun, and the ripple of the waters, Following the way of honour, a guide to the weak, A rock of strength in my word that shall say no lie, no lie nor deception. Let my life be like a rainbow whose colours teach us unity; Let my life be like a rainbow, a rainbow! Be kind, be kind, be brave, be humble as the earth, and be as radiant as the sunlight! Like a rainbow! — Guaymi Dawn Song (adapted B. C.) “Like a Rainbow” was performed by the Treble Choir of Houston under the direction of Marianna Parnas-Simpson and accompanied by pianist Andreea Muț at the Houston Chamber Choir’s concert “Circlesong” in the 2019-2020 season. This piece will be featured in the Chamber Choir’s upcoming album to be released by Signum Classics.
05:51
June 29, 2020
Education Spotlight | Benjamin O. Davis High School Choir
Houston Chamber Choir speaks with Davis High School Choral Directors Daryle Freeman and La’Netha Jefferson, our 2017-2018 season’s Hear the Future Choral Invitational participants, on their choirs’ recent successes.
39:36
June 26, 2020
Son de la Vida
Son de la Vida José Galván Castañeda (b. 1969) [Sung in Spanish] [English translation:] I suggest you gentlemen enjoy life You need to enjoy life, I tell you gentlemen Do not worry about the future, the past is already a joke It’s best to enjoy your present, the present is what exists. That’s why we would do better to enjoy the rich sound of life! Sometimes I cry because my heart hurts, But it does not hurt so much when I sing this song When I have money, I truly enjoy it, And when I don't even have a penny, I enjoy just dancing to the song. In Mexico we sing with love and passion We elevate our voices to give our heart away. “Son de la Vida” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2015-2016 season’s “Mexicantos.”
04:41
June 22, 2020
Behind the Music | David Ashley White
Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn talks with David Ashley White, a longtime collaborator with the Houston Chamber Choir and an extraordinary Houston-based composer. Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy the special Spotify Playlist selected by our guest!
40:34
June 19, 2020
Words
Words Anders Edenroth (b. 1963) Words A letter and a letter on a string Will hold forever humanity spellbound Words Possession of the beggar and the king Everybody, everyday You and I, we all can say Words Regarded as a complicated tool Created by man, implicated by mankind Words Obsession of the genius and the fool Everybody, everyday, Everywhere and everyway Words! Find them, you can use them Say them, you can hear them Write them, you can read them Love them, fear them Words Transmitted as we're fitted from the start Received by all and we're sentenced to a life with Words Impression of the stupid and the smart Everybody, everyday You and I, we all can say Words Inside your head can come alive as they're said Softly, loudly, modestly or proudly Words Expression by the living and the dead Everybody, everyday Everywhere and everyway Words! Find them, you can use them Say them, you can hear them Write them, you can read them Love them, fear them Words A letter and a letter on a string “Words” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2015-2016 season's “Just Gettin’ Started.”
04:56
June 15, 2020
Behind the Music | L. Wayne Ashley
Behind The Music | L. Wayne Ashley In today's Behind the Music, arts and culture expert St. John Flynn talks with a longtime member of the Houston Chamber Choir, tenor L. Wayne Ashley. Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy the special Spotify Playlist selected by our guest!
40:31
June 12, 2020
Fyre, Fyre My Heart
Fyre, Fyre My Heart Thomas Morley (1557-1602) Fyre, fyre! My heart! My heart! Fa la la la la la O, help! O, help! Alas, o, help! Ay me! Ay me! I sit and cry me, and call for help, alas, but none comes nigh me. Fa la la la la la. — anon. English, possibly by Thomas Morley "Fyre, Fyre My Heart" was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir during the 2011-2012 season Northeast Tour to New York and Connecticut.
04:10
June 8, 2020
Behind The Music | Robert Simpson
Behind The Music | Robert Simpson Today we kick the series off with the man whose passion and vision gave birth to the Grammy-winning Houston Chamber Choir: Founder and Artistic Director Robert Simpson. Watch or listen to the episode and enjoy the special Spotify Playlist selected by our guest!
44:21
June 5, 2020
Verde Mar de Navegar
Verde Mar de Navegar Duda (b. 1935) arr. Capiba (1904-1997) [Sung in Portugese] [English translation:] Drummer where are you going? You have only got one drumstick. Let´s see all the brilliant colors of this elephant Maracatu* I have only eyes to love and to admire the sea where I can sail! *Maracatu is a Brazilian dance “Verde Mar de Navegar” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir and conducted by guest conductor María Guinand at the 2013-2014 season’s “Todos Unidos - Todos Cantamos: Music of the Americas with María Guinand.”
03:48
June 1, 2020
Education Spotlight | Clements High School Concert Chorale
Houston Chamber Choir speaks with Clements High School Choral Directors Janet Menzie and Ryan Bogner, recent Hear the Future Choral Invitational participants on their choirs’ recent successes.
35:04
May 29, 2020
Could You Believe?
Could You Believe? Al Jarreau (1940-2017) arr. Yumiko Matsuoka (b. 1957) Could you believe in a dream when I tell you that it's true? Would you believe precious friend of mine? Would you believe when it seems you are glad with what you do Gives you courage to carry your spirit up on high. I saw people in trouble, heard the angels cry “Now don't tamper with my children;” made the devil fly Spent some time with David, he taught me what to say I was lookin’ for a smooth storm, when I heard him pray. Could you believe in a dream, when I tell you that it's true? Would you believe precious friend of mine? Would you believe when it seems you are glad with what you do Gives you courage to carry your spirit up on high. Say, say, I could sing at times and reasons Reason to lay your burden softly down Kings and prophets dead for freedom Precious dreams imprisoned underground But I've got this song that I sing, And I'll make the mountains ring. Tell my mama that I am homeward bound. Could you believe in a dream when I tell you that it's true? Would you believe precious friend of mine? Would you believe when it seems you are glad with what you do Gives you courage to carry your spirit up on high. “Could You Believe” was performed by tenor Wayne Ashley and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2015-2016 season's “Just Gettin’ Started.”
06:50
May 25, 2020
The Blue Bird
The Blue Bird Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) The lake lay blue below the hill, O'er it, as I looked, there flew Across the waters, cold and still, A bird whose wings were palest blue. The sky above was blue at last, The sky beneath me blue in blue, A moment, ere the bird had passed, It caught his image as he flew. — Mary Coleridge (1861-1907) “The Blue Bird” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir in 2011-2012 season during the Northeast Tour to New York and Connecticut.
04:59
May 22, 2020
Sing, Sing, Sing
Sing, Sing, Sing Louis Prima (1910-1978) arr. Darmon Meader (b. 1961) additional lyrics by Peter Eldridge (b. 1962) and Darmon Meader Sing, sing, sing, sing, All you got to do is sing. Girls and boys, make a noise, Just try singin’ with a swing. Sing, sing, sing, sing, Ev’rybody likes to sing, Summer, fall, winter, spring, These are all good times to sing. When the music comes around; Just join in with your own sound. Here’s the thing you need to know: Just make it all up as you go. Sing, sing, sing, sing, All you got to do is sing. Shakespeare said, “The song’s the thing,” When you sing it with a swing. You gotta try to sing it out, ring it out, get a reaction. If it don’t swing, You know it don’t mean a thing. Trumpets blare, cymbals ring, They all got their way to sing. When the music comes around, Just join in with your own sound. Sing, sing, sing, sing, Got to make the rafters ring. Slow down; why you’re in a hurry? Relax; there’s no need to worry. Got no use for second guessing. You’ve got notes that need expressing. It’s callin’ me, callin’ you, The harmony’s comin’ thru. I guarantee that it’s true: The melody gets to you. (Throw all caution thru the window; That’s the only thing you gotta do To let it all begin now. I can never get enough. I used to sit around feelin’ like a lump; Was nothin’ in the world ever make me jump. But then I got the bug; You should see me know: Pontificating more than the law allows.) I’m singing in the shower and it’s soundin’ so nice (Hey! Feelin’ better.) I’m hummin’ by the hour and my hummin’ delights (Oh! So much better!) I’m gonna do my singin’ till the end of the day. (Light as a feather.) My blues are gone forever. I’m singing in the shower and it’s soundin’ so nice (No more denying,) I’m hummin’ by the hour and my hummin’ delights (So dulcifying,) I’m gonna do my singin’ till the end of the day. (Electrifying,) Come on! Sing, sing, sing, sing, All you got to do is sing. Girls and boys, make a noise, Just try singin’ with a swing. Sing, sing, sing,sing, Ev’rybody likes to sing, Summer, fall, winter, spring, These are all the best times to sing. When the music comes around; Just join in with your own sound. Here’s the thing you need to know: Just make it all up as you go. Sing, sing, sing, sing, All you got to do is sing. Shakespeare said, “The song’s the thing,” When you sing it with a swing. Stop all your tiptoein’, And once you get goin’, There’ll be no stopping The melody’s fillin’ your heart an’ soul. One, two, three, we’re swingin’, As you see, with no apology, So you might as well swing it, It’s a kick in the pants. Now you’re singin’ with a swing, Sing, sing, sing, Yeah! “Sing, Sing, Sing” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir with scat soloists Lauren Pastorek and Wayne Ashley at the 2016-2017 season's “In the Mood.”
06:27
May 18, 2020
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace Traditional arr. Keith McCutchen (b. 1964) Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now, I see. Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come. ‘Twas grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me on. When we've been here ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we've first begun. — John Newton (b. 1725-1807) and William Cowper (1731-1800) “Amazing Grace” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir, accompanied by pianist Andreea Muţ, and conducted by guest conductor Anton Armstrong at the 2015-2016 season's “Ya Gotta Believe.”
05:01
May 15, 2020
When I'm Sixty-Four
When I'm Sixty-Four Paul McCartney (b. 1942) arr. Ward Swingle (1927-2015) When I get older, losing my hair Many years from now, Will you still be sending me a valentine, Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out till quarter to three Would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm sixty-four? You'll be older too And if you say the word I could stay with you I could be handy, mending a fuse When your lights have gone. You can knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings go for a ride, Doing the garden, digging the weeds. Who could ask for more? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm sixty-four? Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight If it's not too dear. We shall scrimp and save, Grandchildren on your knee: Vera, Chuck, and Dave. Send me a postcard, drop me a line Stating point of view Indicate precisely what you mean to say: Yours sincerely, wasting away. Give me your answer, fill in a form, Mine forevermore. Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm sixty-four? “When I'm Sixty-Four” was performed by tenor Benjamin Geier and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2013-2014 season's “Love Me Do! Love Songs of the ‘60s.”
04:26
May 11, 2020
Images, Movement 1
Images, Movement 1  Rob Landes (b. 1944)  “Images” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir and the Rob Landes Trio in the album “The Blue Estuaries: American Choral Music” released in 2001 by Zephyr Productions, and at the 2019-2020 season's “By Local.”
05:19
May 8, 2020
Notre Père and Ubi Caritas
Notre Père and Ubi Caritas Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) Notre Père [Sung in Latin] [English translation:] Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Ubi Caritas (from Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens pour chœurs a cappella, Op. 10) [Sung in Latin] [English translation:] Where charity and love are, God is there. Christ's love has gathered us into one. Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him. Let us fear, and let us love the living God. And may we love each other with a sincere heart. Where charity and love are, God is there. “Notre Père” and “Ubi Caritas” were recorded by the Houston Chamber Choir in the Grammy® Award-winning album “Duruflé: Complete Choral Works” released in 2019 by Signum Classics.
06:02
May 4, 2020
Sing Joyfully
Sing Joyfully William Byrd (ca. 1539/40 - 1623) Sing joyfully unto God our strength. Sing loud unto the God of Jacob. Take the song, and bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp and the viol. Blow the trumpet in the new moon, ev'n in the time appointed, and at our feast day. For this is a statue for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. — Psalm 81 “Sing Joyfully" was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir and conducted by Alexander Blachly at the 2017-2018 season's “Mind Craft.”
04:08
May 1, 2020
Unknown Lady and Kangaroo
Unknown Lady Yuri Falik (1936-2009) [Sung in Russian] [English translation:] The restaurants on hot spring evenings Lie under a dense and savage air. Foul drafts and hoots from drunken revelers Contaminate the thoroughfare. Above the dusty lanes of suburbia Above the tedium of bungalows A pretzel sign begilds a bakery And children screech fortissimo. And every evening beyond the barriers Gentlemen of practiced wit and charm Go strolling beside the drainage ditches— A tilted derby and a lady at the arm. The squeak of oarlocks comes over the lake water A woman’s shriek assaults the ear While above, in the sky, inured to everything, The moon looks on with a mindless leer. And every evening my one companion Sits here, reflected in my glass. Like me, he has drunk of bitter mysteries. Like me, he is broken, dulled, downcast. The sleepy lackeys stand beside tables Waiting for the night to pass And tipplers with the eyes of rabbits Cry out: “In vino veritas!” And every evening (or am I imagining?) Exactly at the appointed time A girl’s slim figure, clothed in silk, Glides past the window's mist and grime And slowly passing through the revelers, Unaccompanied, always alone, Exuding mists and secret fragrances, She sits at the table that is her own. Something ancient, something legendary Surrounds her presence in the room, Her narrow hand, her silk, her bracelets, Her hat, the rings, the ostrich plume. Entranced by her presence, near and enigmatic, I gaze through the dark of her lowered veil And I behold an enchanted shoreline And enchanted distances, far and pale. I am made a guardian of the higher mysteries, Someone's sun is entrusted to my control. Tart wine has pierced the last convolution of my labyrinthine soul. And now the drooping plumes of ostriches Asway in my brain droop slowly lower And two eyes, limpid, blue, and fathomless Are blooming on a distant shore. Inside my soul a treasure is buried. The key is mine and only mine. How right you are, you drunken monster! I know: the truth is in the wine. — Alexander Blok (1880-1921) Kangaroo Sergei Ekimov (b. 1974) [Sung in Russian] [English translation:] Dreams didn't keep me in bliss today: I awoke early in the morning And went out breathing in fresh air To look at my lively kangaroo. He tore down bunches of tarry needles And chewed them for no reason—silly! He began jumping toward me Making funny loud noises. His caresses are so clumsy, But I love to caress him back And see his little brown eyes Enlightening our feast in a flash. Later I sat on a bench, weary, Dreaming of someone who is far away and unknown— The one whom I love: Why is he not coming to me? My thoughts are clearly lying down Like leaves’ shadows in the morning: I do want to caress someone As I was caressed by my kangaroo. — Nikolai Gumilev (1886-1921) “Unknown Lady” and “Kangaroo" were recorded by the Houston Chamber Choir in the album “Ravishingly Russian" released in MSR Classics in 2010.
05:32
April 27, 2020
Yeats
Yeats (From “Messages to Myself) Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967) When you are old and grey and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, Take down this book and slowly read and dream Of the soft look your eyes had once And of their shadows deep. How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you And loved the sorrows of your changing face And bending down beside the glowing bars. Murmured a little sadly how love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead And hid his face amid a crowd of star. — William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) “Yeats” was recorded by the Houston Chamber Choir in the album “Soft Blink of Amber Light” released in 2015 by MSR Classics.
03:53
April 24, 2020
Listening
Listening (From “A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass) Dominick DiOrio (b. 1984) ‘T is you that are the music, not your song. The song is but a door which, opening wide, Lets forth the pent-up melody inside, Your spirit’s harmony, which clear and strong Sings but of you. Throughout your whole life long Your songs, your thoughts, your doings, each divide This perfect beauty; waves within a tide, Or single notes amid a glorious throng. The song of earth has many different chords; Ocean has many moods and many tones Yet always ocean. In the damp Spring woods The painted trillium smiles, while crisp pine cones Autumn alone can ripen. So is this One music with a thousand cadences. — Amy Lowell (1874-1925) “Listening” was recorded by the Houston Chamber Choir with Scott Simpson, marimba, in the album “Soft Blink of Amber Light” released in 2015 by MSR Classics.
06:37
April 20, 2020
O Magnum Mysterium
O Magnum Mysterium Tomás Luis de Victoria (1549-1611) [Sung in Latin] [English translation:] O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord, lying in their manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord. Alleluia. “O Magnum Mysterium" was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2015-2016 season's “Christmas at the Villa" and is featured in the album “Behold the Star!”
05:22
April 17, 2020
Cum Sancto Spiritu
Cum Sancto Spiritu (From the Great Mass in C Minor) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) [Sung in Latin] [English translation:] Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost in the glory of God the Father, Amen. “Cum Sancto Spiritu" was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2012-2013 season's “Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor.”
06:03
April 13, 2020
Requiem, Op.9
Requiem pour soli, chœurs et orgue, Op. 9 Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) 1. Introit 2. Kyrie 3. Domine Jesu Christe 4. Sanctus and Benedictus 5. Pie Jesu 6. Agnus Dei 7. Lux aeterna 8. Libera me 9. In Paradisum "Requiem pour soli, chœurs et orgue, Op. 9" was recorded by the Houston Chamber Choir and featured mezzo-soprano soloist Cecilia Duarte and cellist Norman Fischer in “Pie Jesu” in the Grammy® Award-winning album “Duruflé: Complete Choral Works” released in 2019 by Signum Classics.
40:05
April 10, 2020
The Storm Has Wrapped the Sky in Darkness
The Storm Has Wrapped the Sky in Darkness Alexander Dargomyzhsky (1813-1869) [Sung in Russian] [English translation:] The storm wind covers the sky Whirling the fleecy snow drifts, Now it howls like a wolf, Now it is crying, like a lost child, Now rustling the decayed thatch On our tumbledown roof, Now, like a delayed traveler, Knocking on our window pane. Our wretched little cottage Is gloomy and dark. Why do you sit all silent Hugging the window, old gran? Has the howling of the storm Wearied you, at last, dear friend? Or are you dozing fitfully Under the spinning wheel's humming? Let us drink, dearest friend To my poor wasted youth. Let us drink from grief—where's the glass? Our hearts, at least, will be lightened. Sing me a song of how the bluetit Quietly lives across the sea. Sing me a song of how the young girl Went to fetch water in the morning. The storm wind covers the sky Whirling the fleecy snow drifts Now it howls like a wolf, Now it is crying, like a lost child. Let us drink, dearest friend To my poor wasted youth. Let us drink from grief—where's the glass? Our hearts at least will be lightened. — Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) “The Storm Has Wrapped the Sky in Darkness” was recorded by the Houston Chamber Choir in the album "Ravishingly Russian" released in 2010 by MSR Classics.
04:40
April 6, 2020
Some Morning
Some Morning  Ivan Lins/Brock Walsh arr. Jay Ashby/Kim Nazarian  Morning, gently I'm awakened If I'm not mistaken, spring is on the way First light, a picture perfect sunrise No ordinary morning Must be a lucky day. In the quiet, I hear a stirring I am not alone I'm following the sound A foot above the ground. Down the hallway You are standing Looking quite at home Like you were never gone. At the table, there are children Look how tall they've grown Imagine my surprise No sadness in their eyes. I grab the paper See the headlines It reads "Peace on earth" The same recurring dream. Morning I can see that morning And I won't be dreaming Come some morning soon.  “Some Morning" was performed by soloist Kim Nazarian and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2018-2019 season's “I Could Write a Book.”
06:31
April 3, 2020
I Saw Eternity and To Be Sung on the Water
The Blue Estuaries David Ashley White (b. 1944) I Saw Eternity O beautiful forever! (Forever!) O grandiose everlasting! Now, now, now, I break you into pieces, I feed you to the ground. O brilliant, O languishing Cycle of weeping light! The mice and birds will eat you, And you will spoil their stomachs As you have spoiled my mind. Here, mice, rats Porcupines and toads, Moles, shrews, squirrels, Weasels, turtles, and lizards, — Here’s bright Everlasting! Here's a crumb of Forever! Here's a crumb of Forever! — Louise Bogan (1897-1970) To Be Sung on the Water Beautiful, my delight, Pass, as we pass the wave Pass, as the mottled night Leaves what it cannot save, Scattering dark and bright Beautiful, pass and be, Less than the guiltless shade To which our vows were said; Less than the sound of the oar To which our vows were made, — Less than the sound of its blade Dipping the stream once more. — Louise Bogan “I Saw Eternity” and “To Be Sung on the Water” were recorded by the Houston Chamber Choir in the album “Soft Blink of Amber Light” released in 2015 by MSR Classics.
05:21
April 2, 2020
Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Eternal Father, Strong to Save John Dykes (1823-1876) arr. Dan Forrest (b. 1978) Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bond restless wave, Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee For those in peril on the sea. O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard And hushed their raging at Thy word, Who walkedst on the foaming deep, And calm amidst its rage did sleep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee For those in peril on the sea. Most Holy Spirit, Who didst brood Upon the chaos dark and rude, And bid its angry tumult cease, And give, for wild confusion, peace, Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee For those in peril on the sea. Oh, Trinity of love and pow'r, Our brethren shield in danger's hour From rock and tempest, fire, and foe; Protect them wheresoe'er they go. Thus ever more shall rise to Thee Glad hymns of praise from land and sea. Amen. — William Whiting (1825-1878) “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” was conducted by guest conductor Anton Armstrong and performed by the Houston Chamber Choir with accompanist Andreea Muț at the 2015-2016 season’s “Ya Gotta Believe.”
08:27
April 1, 2020
Dona Nobis Pacem
Dona Nobis Pacem (From Mass in B Minor, BWV 232) J.S. Bach (1685-1750) [Sung in Latin:] Dona nobis pacem. [English translation:] Grant us peace. “Dona Nobis Pacem” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2016-2017 season’s “Mass in B Minor.”
04:43
March 31, 2020
Mata del Anima Sola
Mata del Anima Sola (“Tree of the Lonely Soul”) Antonio Estévez (1916-1988) [Sung in Spanish] [English translation:] Tree of the lonely soul, wide opening of the riverside— now you will be able to say: Here slept Cantaclaro. With the whistle and the sting of the twisting wind, the dappled and violet dusk quietly entered the corral. The night, tired mare, shakes her mane and black tail above the riverside; and, in its silence, your ghostly heart is filled with awe. “Mata del Anima Sola” was performed by soloist Frankie Espinoza and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2013-2014 season’s “Todos Unidos - Todos Cantamos: Music of the Americas with María Guinand.”
04:56
March 30, 2020
The Pre-Eternal Council
The Pre-Eternal Council Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944) [Sung in Russian] [English translation:] Gabriel stood before thee, O Maiden, Revealing the pre-eternal council, Saluting thee and exclaiming: “Rejoice, O earth unsown! Rejoice, O bush unburnt! Rejoice, O depth hard to fathom! Rejoice, O bridge leading to the heavens and lofty ladder, which Jacob beheld! Rejoice, O divine jar of Manna! Rejoice, annulment of the curse! Rejoice, restoration of Adam: the Lord is with thee!” “The Pre-Eternal Council” was performed by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Crippen and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2016-2017 season’s “Christmas at the Villa” and is featured in the album “Behold the Star!”
04:57
March 29, 2020
Morning Star
Morning Star Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) Christ is the morning star, Who when the night of this world is past Brings to his saints the promise of the light of life And opens everlasting day. “Morning Star” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2017-2018 season’s “Christmas at the Villa” and is featured in the album “Behold the Star!”
04:48
March 28, 2020
To Everything a Season
To Everything a Season (From “Of Time and Passing”) Daniel Knaggs (b. 1983) To everything there is a season A time for every purpose under heaven: Time to be born, a time to die; A time to plant, a time to pluck up; A time to kill, a time to heal; Time to break down, a time to build; A time to weep, a time to laugh; A time to mourn, a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones; Time to embrace, time to refrain; A time to seek, a time to lose; A time to keep, a time to cast away; A time to rend, a time to sew; A time for silence, a time to speak; A time to love, a time to hate; A time for war, a time for peace — Ecclesiastes 3 “To Everything A Season” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2019-2020 season’s “By Local.”
06:19
March 27, 2020
Newborn
Newborn (Pueblo) (From “Circlesong”) Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) Newborn, on the naked sand Nakedly lay it Next to the earth mother, That it may know her; Having good thoughts of her, the food giver. Newborn, we tenderly In our arms take it, Making good thoughts. Housegod, be entreated, That it may grow from childhood to manhood, Happy, contented; Beautifully walking The trail to old age. Having good thoughts of the earth its mother, That she may give it the fruits of her being. Newborn, on the naked sand Nakedly lay it. “Newborn (Pueblo)” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2019-2020 season’s “Circlesong” and will be featured in their upcoming album to be released by Signum Classics.
04:10
March 26, 2020
And So It Goes
And So It Goes Billy Joel (b. 1949) In every heart there is a room A sanctuary safe and strong To heal the wounds from lovers past Until a new one comes along I spoke to you in cautious tones You answered me with no pretense And still I feel I said too much My silence is my self defense And every time I've held a rose It seems I only felt the thorns And so it goes, and so it goes And so will you soon I suppose But if my silence made you leave Then that would be my worst mistake So I will share this room with you And you can have this heart to break And this is why my eyes are closed It's just as well for all I've seen And so it goes, and so it goes And you're the only one who knows So I would choose to be with you That's if the choice were mine to make But you can make decisions too And you can have this heart to break And so it goes, and so it goes And you're the only one who knows “And So It Goes” was performed by bass Joshua Wilson and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2018-2019 season’s “This Is Why I Sing.”
05:41
March 25, 2020
Unclouded Day
Unclouded Day Rev. J.K. Alwood (1828-1909) arr. Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970) O they tell me of a home far beyond the skies, They tell me of a home far away, And they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise O they tell me of an unclouded day. O the land of cloudless day O the land of an unclouded sky, O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise O they tell me of an unclouded day. O they tell me of a home where my friends have gone, They tell me of that land far away, Where the tree of life in eternal bloom Sheds its fragrance through the unclouded day. O the land of cloudless day O the land of an unclouded sky, O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise O they tell me of an unclouded day. O they tell me of a King in His beauty there, They tell me that mine eyes shall behold Where He sits on the throne that is whiter than snow In the city that is made of gold! O the land of cloudless day O the land of an unclouded sky, O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise O they tell me of an unclouded day. “Unclouded Day” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2017-2018 season’s “This American Voice.”
04:08
March 24, 2020
Only in Sleep
Only in Sleep Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) Only in sleep I see their faces, children I played with when I was a child, Louise comes back with her brown hair braided, Annie with ringlets warm and wild. Only in sleep Time is forgotten; what may have come to them, who can know? Yet we played last night as long ago, and the doll-house stood at the turn of the stair. The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces, I met their eyes and found them mild. Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder, and for them am I too a child? — Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) “Only in Sleep” was performed by soprano Kammi Estelle and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2018-2019 season’s “This Is Why I Sing."
05:50
March 23, 2020
Light of a Clear Blue Morning
Light of a Clear Blue Morning Dolly Parton (b. 1946) arr. Craig Hella Johnson (b. 1962) It’s been a long dark night, and I’ve been waiting for the morning. It’s been a long hard fight, but I see a brand-new day a-dawning. I’ve been looking for the sunshine ‘cause I ain’t seen it in so long. Everything’s gonna work out fine. Everything’s gonna be alright, it’s gonna be okay. I can see the light of a clear blue morning. I can see the light of a brand-new day. “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” was performed by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Crippen and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2017-2018 season’s “This American Voice.”
05:59
March 22, 2020
I Will Lift Mine Eyes
I Will Lift Mine Eyes Jake Runestad (b. 1986) I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord. He is the maker of heav’n and earth. He will not let your foot be moved. He who keeps you will not slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper, The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not harm you by day the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will keep your soul. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in From this day forth for evermore. — Psalm 121 “I Will Lift Mine Eyes” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2017-2018 season’s “This American Voice.”
05:35
March 21, 2020
Gloria
Gloria (From Mass in B Minor, BWV 232) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [Sung in Latin] [English translation:] Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to people of good will. Concertists: Kelli Lawless, Lauren Pastorek, Matthew Mazzola and Rameen Chaharbaghi “Gloria” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2016-2017 season’s “Mass in B Minor.”
07:58
March 20, 2020
Stars
Stars Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) Alone in the night On a dark hill With pines around me Spicy and still, And a heaven full of stars Over my head, White and topaz And misty red; Myriads with beating Hearts of fire That aeons Cannot vex or tire; Up the dome of heaven Like a great hill, I watch them marching Stately and still, And I know that I Am honored to be Witness Of so much majesty. — Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) “Stars” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2016-2017 season’s “Christmas at the Villa” and is featured in the album “Behold the Star!” released in 2018.
07:05
March 19, 2020
Swimming Over London
Swimming Over London Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) A woman is swimming over London, A fox turns up his face to see her pass, There are blackbirds in the sleeping streets, A pear tree, luminous with blossom: It's the dream she always has, The dream where she's touching a cloud – The night is a tide she is pulled by While a taxicab slumbers underneath, And a robin is a fish who sings From a treetop of coral below her: It's the dream she always has, the dream where she's dancing through air – Aerials point like signposts Until all the houses are gone, And fields give way to a beach Where the ocean is calling her name: It's the dream she always has, The dream where she's swimming over London – Where she sings to the stars like a mermaid And darkness is a murmur in her hair. “Swimming Over London” was performed by tenor Jack Byrom and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2018-2019 season’s “This Is Why I Sing.”
04:21
March 18, 2020
Earth Song
Earth Song Frank Tichelli (b. 1958) Sing, Be, Live, See… This dark stormy hour, The wind, it stirs. The scorched earth cries out in vain: O war and power, You blind and blur. The torn heart cries out in pain. But music and singing Have been my refuge, And music and singing Shall be my light. A light of song Shining strong: Alleluia! Through darkness, pain, and strife, I’ll Sing, Be, Live, See… Peace. “Earth Song” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2018-2019 season’s “This Is Why I Sing.”
04:43
March 17, 2020