Monday, April 25, 2016

35 Years of the Notre Dame Folk Choir

What a marvelous weekend!

I left the office here on Friday and headed to South Bend, Indiana, where I spent three days attending the 35th anniversary reunion weekend of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir. WLP publishes the recordings and music of the choir, most notably of composers Steven Warner and Karen Kirner.

We began with a banquet on Friday evening. I was asked to offer some remarks. The most impressive "remarker" was the current president of the Folk Choir, a young woman who told us that she really had no spiritual life before coming to the university and really had no interest in developing one. But that all changed when she joined the Folk Choir. She told us that her experienced helped shape a new soundtrack for her life, which will continue to be her soundtrack as she leaves the university after graduation next month.

If you have never experienced this choir, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like it. Their musical sound is wonderful, but more wonderful is their demeanor when they perform. These are young adults who are enthusiastic about sharing their faith through music. And this has been going on under Steve Warner's leadership for 35 years. Choir alums from past years were in attendance as well and they joined the current choir members for a concert on Saturday night and then again at the 11:45 Mass on Sunday.

Here is a photo from the concert.

And a short video of Chrysogonus Waddell's Jesus Lives. (I have been told that most of the videos I post on this blog do not play on Mac devices. Be assured I am working on it! For now, you can find the video here.)

This was the courtyard experience outside of the Basilica on the campus after Sunday Mass. Video link here.

It was a glorious conclusion to the weekend. Marvelous presiding and preaching, with a choir and instrumentalists numbering over 160. And a singing assembly rounded it all off.

Feeling so grateful to be part of this choir as its publisher.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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