Tag: hymns

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Tomorrow, Sunday, is the Lord’s Day; some would say, the Christian Sabbath.  Expounding upon that doctrine is not my intent, but rather to just share some of my favorite old hymns for the day, and ask if you might share one of the old ones that’s a favorite of yours. BTW, what is on top […]

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So You Want to Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

 

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What a coincidence! Joining the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been a long-time dream of mine, too, but until recently I’ve been too busy with work and family to even think about it. This fall, I finally went through the full application process, and—having kept it a secret from just about everyone but my family in the meantime—I can now act as your guide on the ins and outs of auditioning for what Ronald Reagan dubbed “America’s Choir.”

As a volunteer group, the Choir constantly rotates through members who either retire (reach age 60 or the 20-year service limit) or leave for personal reasons such as changes in family, work, or living situation, so annual tryouts are held to select new members based on needs for each vocal part. They don’t tell you how many of each part they need, but generally speaking, the competition is a little more intense for women than men.

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I mentioned the cæsura in last Wednesday’s post about the Haiku, and then realized I had not talked about the cæsura yet. A cæsura is a pause or break in the line of poetry. In songs, it is a good place to take a breath break. Ditto in reciting poetry. It helps to break up […]

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This is something of a sidebar to Vicryl Contessa’s post about modern church music.  It is relevant to the post, but something of a long tangent, so I’m putting it out here instead.  A church’s music often reflects the underlying health of the institution.  When the congregation is singing, and especially when the congregation is singing […]

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