Festival Chorus

Festival Chorus

Monday, February 2, 2015

Faure Requiem Resources

The Faure Requiem is one of the most loved and performed choral/orchestral pieces in the repertoire, and as a result there are many resources for learning this piece. As with most pieces, one of the best resources is Cyberbass which has each movement in midi form, for both the individual part and the whole choir.


YouTube also has many great resources and I won't include them all but here are some highlights.

Complete Requiem recording with choral parts on screen

Playlist (individual movements) with choral parts

Each individual part is available as a practice track playing just your part and showing the score, simply do a YouTube search "Faure Requiem (your voice part)"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lessons and Carols Repertoire

Once in Royal David's City

Ave Maria - Franz Biebl

In the Bleak Midwinter - Harold Darke

O Magnum Mysterium - Tomas Luis de Victoria

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming - arr. Bradley Nelson
(this link takes you to a downloadable recording from the publisher)

(publisher link to listen to recording)

Gabriel's Message - arr. Philip Ledger

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Choir Anthems

Although the weather rarely changes here in San Diego, summertime has a special feel, marked by longer days, bbqs, holidays and vacations. Even if we aren't spending our days at the beach or by the pool, we can't be too troubled by weekly rehearsals and robes, so we have Summer Choir.

Summer choir is an informal collection of singers drawn primarily from the Sanctuary Choir which regularly provides musical leadership at the 9:30 service. We meet promptly at 9 am in the choir room (below the Sanctuary) to warm-up and have a brief rehearsal on a fun or familiar anthem that is suited to the theme in worship that day. This group is open to anyone who would like to give it a try, no need to read music or make a reservation, just show up at 9 am on Sunday morning.

Below you will find a list of anthems and dates, and when available I have included a YouTube video of the selection. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact music director, Juan Acosta jacosta_fumccv@yahoo.com or 619-656-2525

Sunday, July 6th - In This Very Room                               Ron and Carol Harris

Sunday, July 13th - This Little Light of Mine                 arranged by Mark Hayes

Sunday, July 20th - We Are One Lord                                               Stan Pethel


Sunday, July 27th - TBA

Sunday, August 6th - God Has Work For Us To Do                       Mark A. Miller

 (not the greatest recording, but neat because it shows our Methodist brothers and sisters at the worship arts camp at Lake Junaluska)

(this is a high quality video and performance, plus... bowties)

Sunday, August 10th - TBA

Sunday, August 17th - We Will Be Your People                               Don Phillips 

(this is a publisher sample recording which always has a slightly cheesy sound, don't let it scare you)

Sanctuary Choir will resume rehearsals on Thursday, August 21st as we prepare for our annual POPS Concert and Christmas Concert in addition to singing in worship each Sunday.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pentecost Choral Festival

Festival Choir Repertoire

Beethoven "Hallelujah" from Mount of Olives

The Lord Bless You and Keep You - John Rutter

Fix Me Jesus - Brandon Waddles


Dry Bones - Brandon Waddles 

(no recording available)

Sanctuary Choir Repertoire

One Faith, One Hope, One Lord - Craig Courtney

Create in Me a Clean Heart - Brandon Waddles

World premiere (no recording)

Sing a Mighty Song - Daniel Gawthrop

Praise His Holy Name - Keith Hampton

Festival Details 

Rehearsal: Saturday, June 7th 9:30-11:45am
Concert: Sunday, June 8th at 4pm (3pm call time)
Attire: Any combination of "nice" black and white.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Doubois - Seven Last Words

As we enter into the final preparations towards Holy Week, I wanted to share some resources for the Dubois in order to help our preparations and understanding.

Parts help

Cyberbass - does not yet have a Dubois "Seven Last Words"

This website has midi files of each part which is quite helpful but you will need to download or open each file, it will not simply play in your web browser.

This website promises to be an even better resource but for whatever reason does not work on my desktop, hopefully you have better luck.


www.music.amazon.com  - A good option for both CDs and MP3s

https://www.apple.com/itunes/ - Good for instant gratification and best option for those with iDevices

There are two readily available recordings of the piece, neither of them is outstanding but both are good references.

This one is by a sister methodist church in Lubbock, Texas in English with organ

Full version in English


Excerpts from the Dubois conducted by Diane Bish. If you open this video in YouTube you can see most of the other movements in this playlist.

This is a playlist with videos of all of the movements from various performances.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Repertoire Teaser

Below are just a few of the great pieces we have coming up between January and June of this year!
Rehearsals are on Thursday nights from 7-9pm in the choir room and start back up on January 9th. Contact Juan Carlos Acosta jacosta_fumccv(at)yahoo.com for more information

The Ground (Pleni sunt coeli) - Ola Gjeilo

Worthy to be praised - Byron J. Smith

The Seven Last Words - Franz Joseph Haydn (we'll sing it in English)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas Choral Concert

I want to start off by saying that I am incredibly proud of the work you all did, both in preparation and in performance. Now that I have had some time to reflect on this process I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude.

The live stream video of the concert has been archived and is currently available on u-stream. Though it may ask you to log in, you do not actually have to be a member or log in with your facebook account to watch the video. If I can figure out a way, I will see if I can embed the video here in the blog so you do not have to open a different website.

We do not have a hard copy of this recording and while it is possible to pull this from the website, it does take a level of computer wizardry I have not achieved yet. The video quality is not good, but the audio quality is not bad. I do not know how long that the video will be available, it could be taken down at any time so if you are interested in viewing it, please do so soon.


I am working on editing down the audio recording of the concert and will post that when it is available as well.