First Congregational Church, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Annual Reports of the Chancel Choir

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2014 Report of the Chancel Choir Director and Church Organist - 1-25-2015, p. 32
          The Chancel Choir sings regularly from September through May.
          Chancel Choir members (and date of joining) were Douglas Henkle (1972); Carol Niendorf (1972); Vernice Haase (1975); George Goghill (1976); Thatcher Peterson (1982); Ed Schneider (1993); Patricia Hallquist (1996); Karen La- Borde (1998); Jen Stellpflug (2004); Art and Cathy Wille (2005); Bethany Estrada (2005); Eric Kropp (2007); Judy DeBroux (2007); Jaci Mueller (2008); Darcy Duffy (2009) Tony Hengst (2010); Douglas Pire (2011); Paula Allen (2012); Dellora Vogt (2014): and Kelsey Tarbert (2014). Barbara Ziblut joined the choir in 2014, and Kelsey Tarbert and Tony Hengst went into reserve status.
          Organ scholarship students, Noah Bossert and Tanya Paulson, substituted for me during the summer worship, along with a former student of mine, Pam Lane. In addition, special music was performed both during the summer and regular church year by Laurel Sanders; Ruby Salbego; Steve & Vivian Hazell; Joe Wiedenmeier; Noah Bossert; Jon Gibson; John Currian; Douglas Pire; Pat Hallquist; Mathew Bragstad; Olivia Stellpflug; Molly Schlaak; Stan Kline; Christina Conn; Martha Becker, Bethany Meyer; Daniel Ballman; Nicole Riordan; Haley Barlass and Joyce Andrews; and the A Little Encore Handbell Choir.
          The New Horizons brass quartet with Matthew Bragstad and Charlie Bloom on trombones and Matthew Onstad and Jacob Sweum on trumpets provided strong brass accompaniment on Easter Sunday and accompanied the Chancel Choir on K. Lee Scott's anthem, Festival Easter Hymn on Grafton.
          The Chancel Choir premiered a new anthem, If I Had One Day commissioned in memory of Bethany Estrada's mother, Barbara Watts, and composed by James F.D. Martin. Joining the Chancel Choir were members of the group Joyful Noise, a contemporary ensemble of which Barbara Watts was a member.
          As special Christmas music, the Chancel Choir performed Buxtehude's Magnificat, with Joseph Kerkhoff and Pat Hallquist on violin and Matt Abraham on cello. Lucas Schulz, a UWO student, Maria Talin, and Kristopher and Bridget Duffy-Ulrich joined the choir for this occasion. On Christmas Eve special music was provided by Molly Schlaack; Kiera Robe; Spencer Hadel; Martha Becker; Sydney and Carson Hall; Sianna Robe; Killum and Jedediah Larson- Poeschel: Noah Bossert; the singing quartet of the Duffy sisters, Bridget, Kathleen, Briar, and Kelsey Mapes making four; and the Stellpflug girls-Olivia, Charlotte, Rowen, and Meredith. Jonathan Gibson with his guitar led Silent Night. On the Sunday after Christmas, Laurel Sanders, a child of the church, now living in California sang four songs; and Jonathan and Greg Gibson Duet provided the Offertory music.
                    Respectfully submitted,
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director & Organist

2013 Report of the Chancel Choir Director and Church Organist - 5-04-2014, p. 34
          Regular Chancel Choir members were Terry Thomas, Bridget Thorpe-Kavanaugh, Bethany Estrada, Karen LaBorde, Judy DeBroux, Pat Dwyer-Hallquist, Darcy Duffy, Vernice Haase, Carol Niendorf, Jacki Mueller, Cathy Wille, Ed Schneider, Patrick Meyer, George Coghill, Doug Henkle, Eric Kropp, Thatcher Peterson, Art Wille, Jen Stellpflug, and Doug Pire. Dellora Vogt joined the choir. Christin Buchholz, a student at UW0, joined for the year before returning to her home in Madison. Terry Thomas and Bridget Thorpe- Kavanaugh took a leave of absence, the latter owing to her second baby. The Chancel Choir sings regularly from September through May.
          Both Christina Conn, Angel Choir Director, Ellie Thomas, and Bridget Duffy provided competent and musical substitution for the Choir Director and Organist throughout the year. Organ scholarship student, Ellie Thomas, and Pam Lane, Bridget Duffy, and John Penkoske also provided service as organists and pianists for summer worship.
          At other times during the year, additional music was provided by Tanya Paulson, Kiera Robe; Laural Sanders, Jonas Wagner, Doug Pire,Ellie Thomas, Sarah McLane, Frank Hoffmeister, Matt Abraham, Rebecca Ottman, Noah Bossert, John Schwerbel, Ben Hedquist, Jon Gibson, Molly Schlaak, Pat Dyer-Hallquist, Jay Thomas, Judy DeBroux and her daughter, Cathy Schmidt, Kristopher Ulrich, Bridget Duffy, Christin Buchholz, Nate Hillary, Christina Conn, the North High School Madrigals, and the Handbell Trio of Patrick Meyer, Paula Allen, and Barbara Ziblut.
          As part of the Easter celebration, the Choir performed Bradley Ellingboe's 45-minute Requiem on March 17, 2013, with Molly Schlack as soloist. Matt Abraham played cello and Gretchen Hermann oboe. As special Christmas music, the Chancel Choir performed a set consisting of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Magnificat, Alice Parker's Magnificat, ending with Vaughan Williams Nunc Dimittis, with Christina Conn and Bridget Duffy singing the solos.
          The first significant upkeep on the pipe organ in the past 30 years was performed in April by Salzman Pipe Organ Services, Appleton WI (he took over servicing the organ in 2011, upon the retirement of James Taylor). The cost was approximately $14,000 with funding primarily from the Bill & Jesse Fuller memorial funds. Bill Fuller was an accomplished French horn player. He sang in the Chancel Choirs for over 40 years, retiring when he was age 85. He loved the sound of the pipe organ.
                    Respectfully submitted,
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director & Organist

2012 Report of the Chancel Choir Director and Church Organist - 4-28-2013, p. 39
          The Chancel Choir sings regularly from September through May.
          Regular Chancel Choir members were Terry Thomas, Bridget Thorpe-Kavanaugh, Bethany Estrada, Karen LaBorde, Judy DeBroux, Pat Dwyer-Hallquist, Darcy Duffy, Vernice Haase, Carol Niendorf, Jacki Mueller, Cathy Wille, Ed Schneider, Patrick Meyer, George Coghill, Doug Henkle, Eric Kropp, Thatcher Peterson, Art Wille, Jen Stellpflug, and Doug Pire. Christin Buchholz, a student at UW0, joined the choir.
          Both Christina Conn, Angel Choir Director, Ellie Thomas, and Bridget Duffy provided competent and musical substitution for the Choir Director and Organist throughout the year. Organ scholarship students Ellie Thomas and Noah Bossert as well as Jay Thomas and Pam Lane also provided service as organists and pianists for summer worship.
          The Chancel Choir presented Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Song of the Birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, December 23, 2012. This 15-minute composition featured soprano and alto soloists, Christina Conn and Bridget Duffy, with Jon Del Ray, a UWO student doing student teaching, singing the baritone part. A string ensemble, with FCC member and UWO music student, Matt Abraham, playing cello; Pat Hallquist, from the choir, playing 2nd Violin, and Crag Heckner, a UWO music student, playing 1st Violin. I conducted from the organ keyboard.
          At the Christmas Eve 5 p.m. service, Sydney and Carson Hall; Kiska Deering; Alice Rioux; Martha Becker; Ruby and Mia Salbego, all on piano and Kiera Robe and Kaitlin Hassler on violin provided some of the gathering music. Christina Conn and Martha Becker, accompanied on the piano by Ellie Thomas, sang a duet. Molly Schlaak sang a solo at both services, and Danny Schierl, accompanied by Ellie Thomas on piano, played on the bells, Oh, How a Rose Ere Blooming at the 7:30 p.m. service. The Chancel Choir sang two anthems at the 7:30 p.m. service.
          At other times during the year, additional music was provided by Tanya Paulson, Kiera Robe; Laural Sanders, Ellie Thomas, Sarah McLane, Frank Hoffmeister, Matt Abraham, Rebecca Ottman, Noah Bossert, John Schwerbel, Ben Hedquist, Jon Gibson, Molly Schlaak, Pat Dyer-Hallquist, Jay Thomas, Judy DeBroux and her daughter, Cathy Schmidt, Kristopher Ulrich, Bridget Duffy, Christin Buchholz, Nate Hillary, Christina Conn, the North High School Madrigals, and the Handbell Trio of Patrick Meyer, Paula Allen, and Barbara Ziblut.
          The Choir performed Bradley Ellingboe's 45-minute Requiem on March 17, 2013, with Molly Schlack as soloist. Matt Abrahmam played cello and Gretchen Hermann oboe.
          The 1911 Casavant pipe organ (Op. 469) was returned to the Casavant factory in 1985 so the leather pouches at the base of the pipes could be replaced and tuning collars added to the pipes. In addition, Casavant built a new console. The first significant upkeep was performed in April by Salzman Pipe Organ Services, Appleton WI (he took over servicing the organ in 2011, upon the retirement of James Taylor). The cost was approximately $14,000 with funding primarily from the Bill & Jesse Fuller memorial funds. Bill Fuller was an accomplished French horn player. He sang in the Chancel Choirs for over 40 years, retiring when he was age 85. He loved the sound of the pipe organ.
                    Respectfully submitted,
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director & Organist

2007 Report of the Chancel Choir Director and Church Organist - 4-27-2008, p. 25
          2007 has been a busy and musically adventuresome year for our Chancel Choir.
          We began the year with our able musicians: Linda Ruona, Laurel Sanders, Ken Snart, and Bethany Jorenby supplying choir and keyboard while Joanne Peterson was caring for grandchildren in Alta, Wyoming.
          In March, the choir presented Requiem by Bradley Ellingboe. Our guest musicians included Laurel Sanders, alto, Michelle Kohl, violin, and Miyoko Grine Fisher, cello.
          Our Easter music was enhanced by brass players: Lisa Zemlock, Ron Olson, Matt Key and Josh Priniski. We all joined in The Tree of Life anthem which culminated the tree growth focus throughout Lent.
          Christina Conn rehearsed and conducted the Chancel Choir during the Harvest Festival. She our Angel Choir Director replacement for Linda Ruona, who has moved to Sheboygan.
          Our Christmas music featured the J. S. Bach cantata, For Us a Child is Born. The very able Chancel Choir had additional so voices: Laurel Sanders, Paul Coonen, and Hartley Horn.
          Through the year, we were blessed with many other musicians sharing their music. These included: Miriam Grill, Eric Hallquist, Marty Robinson, Rebecca Urbrock, Pat Dwyer-Hallquist, Frank Hoffmeister, Joe Wittrock, Molly Schlaak, Risa Tetzloff, Steve Hazell, Dan Singer, Jacob Braun, Keith Keller, Juliana DiGiosia Wesner, Matt Walsh, Ryan Albashian, Noah Bossert, Ellie Thomas, Ellen Otto, Zoe Bossert, Edgar Krisbaher, Tess Krisbaher, Heidi Burnett, Yuliya Smead, James Grine, Steve Schani, and Miyoko Grine Fisher.
          The Chancel Choir is always open to new singers. Do come and help us continue the fine tradition which the First Congregational Church celebrates.
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director and Church Organist

2006 Report of the Chancel Choir - 4-22-2007, p. 21
          The Chancel Choir continues its dedicated service to our worship community throughout the year.
          Highlights of the year 2006 included a presentation of The Crucifixion by John Stainer. Guest vocalists were Paul Coonen and Ben Vis.
          Our Advent service choral work was The Magnificat by Dietrich Buxtehude. Guest musicians were Everett Goodwin, violin, and Nancy Kaphaem, cello. Pat Dwyer-Hallquist from our choir also played the violin for this performance.
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director and Church Organist

2005 Report of the Chancel Choir Director and Church Organist - 4-30-2006, p. 20
          The Chancel Choir continues its devoted work of leading and enriching our service with its music.
          The Choir Director & Choir helped organize and provide leadership to a festival of anthems that were composed by the late Borghild Jacobson, an Oshkosh composer. Her husband, Harvey Jacobson, provided the music. Joanne Peterson and Mark Bloedow, one of Joanne Peterson's organ students in his youth, both played organ and conducted a choir made up of singers from various churches. Jared Stellmacher, another organ student of Joanne's also played organ.
          The Choir Director & Organist was absent during March, 2005, for surgery. Competent substitutes, Linda Ruona, Jonathan Yackel, Laurel Sanders, and Collette Beuther, filled in for her.
          The Lenten program featured Smith's Lux Aeterna, Vaughan Williams, The Call, and Mendelssohn's Let Me, God, Your Help Be Finding. The Advent program include two new selections, Ave Maria by David Hall, and A Maiden Mild by Derek Healey.
          Special Music was provided during the year by Juliana DiGiosia, Evan Keller, Tanya Paulson, Ben Vis, Linda Ruona as conductor and guest soloist, Jonathan Yackel, Pat Hallquist, Lisa Zemlock, Collette Beuther, Ron Olson, Paul Buetow, Clint Freund, Ellie Thomas, Jonas Wagner, Sophia Yackel, Zale Rogers, Jenna Wojahn, Breanna Sekeres, Emma Lenz, Seana McCain, Hailey Wald, Bridget Duffy, Jared Stellmacher, Paul Thompson, Ryan Albashian, Brooke Nustand Hansen, Meredith Ives, Steve Hazell, Pierce Goodwin, Sarah Thrush, Rachel and Kris Schwebke, Sam Schlaak, James Yukiko, and Miyoko Grine, Max and Noah Bossert, Katie Heinemann, Jim Paulson, and Ken Snart, tenor and solo bells.
          Regular Chancel Choir members were: Maria Talin, Kelly Frank, Lisa Wesenberg, Ann Wesenberg, Karen LaBorde, Bethany Estrada, Jen Stellpflug, Elizabeth Henkle, Carol Niendorf, Susan Coghill, Vernice Haase, Tami Goodwin, Nancy Lloyd, Pat Hallquist, Cathy Wille, Ed Schneider, Ken Snart, George Coghill, Douglas Henkle, Art Wille, Thatcher Peterson, and Eric Kropp. ?
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director and Church Organist

2004 Report of the Chancel Choir Director/Church Organist - 4-24-2005, unnumbered page
          The year 2004 focused our Chancel Choir continuing their fine leadership of music for our Sunday services.
          We are enjoying the new risers and chairs which were a memorial gift from the Dorothy Kutz Memorial. It is such a pleasure to sit in chairs that are comfortable and that also encourage good singing posture.
          Among our special events for this year were a Lenten program of anthems from the Southern Harmony tradition, and the Advent cantata, The Magnificat by D. Buxtehude. These works were enhanced with guest musicians Lisa Zemlock, Steve Schani, Linda Ruona, Everett Goodwin, Pat Dwyer-Hallquist and Miyoko Grine.
          An unexpected treat one Sunday was the guest appearance of the Winnebago Barbershop Chorus.
          We have many musicians who have enriched our services with their music, particularly during the summer and for the Christmas season. They were: Matthew Becker, Emilie Braun, Erin Kaprelian, Chris, Eric, and Pat Hallquist, Emily Goodwin, John, Pat, and Ian Nichols, Jonathan Yackel, Laurel Sanders, Juliana DiGiosia, Kris and Rachel Schwebke, Lisa Wesenberg, Ed Schneider, George and Sue Coghill, Ken Snart, Katie Heinemann, Sarah Kaprelian, Kevin Frank, Ellie Thomas, Tanya and James Paulson.
          Our church also hosted an organ recital by Wolfgang Rubsam, who presented a program played by Marcel Dupre in 1924. With the balcony open, we have regained the original acoustics from 1911. The audience filled the sanctuary and included folks from Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois.
          Also, Mary Ellen Pung, piano, Peter Schmalz, french horn, and Joanne Peterson, organ, offered a program of pieces where the organ replicates the orchestra. This was standard practice in the early years of this past century.
          First Congregational Church continues to offer fine music as a portion of its ministry to the community.
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director/Organist

2003 Report of the Chancel Choir Director/Organist - 4-25-2004, p. 24
          The Chancel Choir has continued its support of the worship service throughout the year. Anthems and special music were prepared for regular services, and members helped with special music during the summer months.
          The Cry of the Whole Congregation by Walter Wangerin, provided Lenten focus and total congregation/choir involvement.
          During Advent the Chancel Choir prepared the cantata The Three Kings by Anders Ohrwall, out first major work in the newly expanded sanctuary. We were assisted by Juliana DiGiosia, flute and Nancy Schmalz, piano.
          The appearance of Nick Page was an exciting and uplifting addition to our worship service.
          We also enjoyed the additions of Steve and Vivian Hazell and their folk music group to our fall services.
          Guest musicians throughout the year included: Kyle and Carrie Schultz, John, Pat, and Ian Nichols, Chad Sheveland, George Coghill, Evan Keller, Jonathan Yackel, Elizabeth Henkle, Laurel Sanders, Pat, Chris, and Eric Hallquist, Michael Underwood, Frank Hoffmeister, Lisa Zemlock, Ron Olson, Leigh-Ann Lethco, Allie Dobie, Meredith Ives, Kris and Rachel Schwebke, Ken Snart, and Linda Ruona.
          Our Chancel Choir is a loyal and devoted group of singers. They welcome newcomers to their ranks to help make "a joyful noise unto the Lord."
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director/Organist

2002 Report of the Chancel Choir Director/Organist - 4-27-2003, p. 28
          The Chancel Choir has continued its tradition of leading our regular Sunday worship services. In addition to regular offering anthems during our services, the Chancel Choir provided a special program of anthems for Pentecost Sunday.
          Choir members were among the small groups and soloists that added to our summer services.
          In July 2002, our Sanctuary was the setting for the Green Lake Festival of Music choral performance. Sir David Willcocks, the world's foremost choral conductor, and his son Jonathan, lead the choir. He played both the Steinway grand piano and the organ, and pronounced them both to be of the highest quality. Sir David collected, edited, and composed a collection of Christmas anthems that has become the backbone of Christmas music throughout the world. He prepared a choir for an afternoon performance of a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. I was honored to accompany the choir on one of the selections. Sir David announced his retirement from conducting at the age of 82, which means that this concert was one his last in our area.
          Both Willcocks and the choir consider the acoustic of First Congregational Church to be among the finest in which they have performed. And that was before the 1950's wall that shut out the balcony was removed in January 2003. The acoustic of the Sanctuary has improved by at least 100% because of two factors: first, the carpeting around the organ was removed; second, the wall was removed.
          Removal of carpeting has had as great an effect as removing the wall, because sound bounces up and down. Before the blue 1976 carpeting, green wool carpeting had been laid down. We do not know the date. The result was to seriously dampen and muffle the brilliance and brightness of the organ and of the choir.
          Several members and friends contributed their voices and instruments to enrich our services. They were: Laurel Sanders, Joyce Andrews, Ken Snart, Kevin Frank, Sarah Crawford, Karen LaBorde, Kate Bauknecht, Tanya and James Paulson, Juliana DiGiosia, Linda Ruona, Kay Qualley, Jared Stellmacher, Emily Westover, Eric and Rachel Schwebke, Bradd Yenor, and Jonathan Yackel.
          The Christmas services featured carols from around the world - Finnish, French, Mexican, Korean, and Native American songs were grouped together. Heidi Burnett played the recorder for this program.
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director/Organist

2001 Report of the Chancel Choir Director/Organist - 4-28-2002, p. 24
          Our Chancel Choir has continued its fine work in leading our Sunday worship services and providing special musical selections. The Seven Last Words, in a setting by John Harmon, was offered on Palm/Passion Sunday. The Chancel Choir also joined the choir from First Presbyterian Church with Jesus Loves Me, which we sang together in both sanctuaries. The Georgia Guitar Quartet joined us for Sunday worship, certainly a first time event for FCC. Jim Weiland and the Geriatric Jazz Band provided a lively worship for us, as did a springtime appearance of the Generation to Generation Singers, under the direction of Robin Oxley.
          We as a congregation have heard four young organists during the past year, Ryan Albashian, Laurel Sanders, and Jared Stellmacher are the future organists in the greater church. Mark Bloedow, who has played many times as well as conducting our choir, will be relocating to Madison for a full time Director of Music Ministry position. He will be missed.
          Many members and friends provided special music during our services. Juliana DiGiosia, Heather Anderson, Randy Sorenson, Jacob Linenthal, Kris Schwebke, Rachel Schwebke, Chris Hallquist, Sara Kidd, Alice Hoffmeister, Anders Taylor, Steve and Vivian Hazell, Bradd Yenor, Pat Hallquist, Ken Snart, Ed Schneider, Willis Buettner, and Mary Ellen Pung participated throughout the year.
          A hymn sing before the services was an opportunity to become better acquainted with our new hymnal.
          Special music for the Christmas Pageant was provided by Kate Bauknecht, Rachel Schwebke, Amanda Becker, Molly Schlaak, Amber Prellwitz, Cody Hanson, and Eric Hallquist.
          For the Christmas season young pianists played Gathering Music for the afternoon service. We heard Valerie Williams, Kevin Frank, Sam and Molly Schlaak.
          Sunday, December 23rd the Chancel Choir and great musicians offered The Song of the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Joining us for this special service were Erica Bavlinka, Kristine Kaiser, James Grine, Juliana DiGiosia and Anders Taylor.
          We are always happy to welcome anyone who would like to sing with us. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 pm and Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10:20 am. We will be organizing some "one time only" groups for summer services. This would be a great way to try out the choir.
                    Joanne Peterson
                    Chancel Choir Director/Organist

2000 Report of the Chancel Choir Director/Organist - 4-22-2001, p. 23
          Our Chancel Choir continued its fine work in leading our Sunday worship services and providing special musical selections. A Lenten program offered settings from the Psalmsby Henrich Schuetz, with paraphrases of the texts of Jaroslav Vajda. We enjoyed our ecumenical brass quartet, which we shared with First Presbyterian Church, for festive Easter music.
          Since the chancel area was being repaired and walls painted, the organ was wrapped in plastic, and we utilized our historic Steinway grand during the summer months. Ensembles that were heard included a Family Choir, a Summer Choir, and a Women's Ensemble. ?
          These musicians shared their talents with us throughout the year: Tony Hengst, Pat, Chris, and Eric Hallquist, Laura Salzwedel, Laurel Sanders, Bradd Yenor, Jeff Dyer, Juliana DiGiosia, Nathan Oxley, Nathan Braun, and Kristine Anderson.
          A tradition in recent years is to have young players play the Gathering Music for the afternoon Christmas Eve service. In 2000, we heard Pam Sohm, Franki Sue Mayer, Valerie Williams, Sam and Molly Schlaak and Kelsey Taylor.
          The Chancel Choir also presented an Advent program, The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittus, by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Joys Seven arranged by Stephen Cleobury.
          We observed the resignation of Bill Sanders from the choir, for health reasons. Members who moved away included Tony Karl, Lorie Yaste, and Christine Jameson. We are always happy to welcome anyone who would like to sing with us. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 pm and Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10:20 am. We will be organizing some "one time only" groups for summer services. This would be a great way to try out the choir.
                    Joanne Peterson, Chancel Choir Director/Organist

1999 Report of the Chancel Choir Director/Organist - 4-30-2000, p. 26-7
          The Chancel Choir has continued its fine tradition of offering special music throughout the year. Leadership for music in the service is its primary responsibility.
          Mass in G by Franz Schubert was presented during the Lenten season, March 21, 1999. Our choir was accompanied by a chamber orchestra comprised of Pat Dwyer-Hallquist and Kris Schwebke, first violin; Kate Harrell and Joshua Goodwin, second violin, Laura Salzwedel and Rachel Gratz, viola; Ed Bowen, cello; Nancy Kaphaem, bass violin; and Brian Wideman, organ. Soloists for this work were Elisa Nemecek, Ken Snart and Jeffrey Dyer.
          Our clergy always prepare meditations based on the texts for these musical services, bringing additional insight to choir and congregation.
          We were also privileged to sing a Kyrie setting by Joel Dennis on Palm Sunday. This is the first portion of a new mass planned by this youthful composer.
          We also have heard a guest bell choir, the Heavenly Bells, from Fond du Lac.
          Among new selections by this choir this year were compositions by Hopson, Marshall, Feguson, Ellingboe, and Schickele.
          For the Advent season the choir prepared the J.S. Bach cantata For Unto Us a Child is Born. Soloists were Carol Niendorf, alto, Ken Snart, tenor, and Jeffrey Dyer, bass.
          We anticipate more members joining our ranks. Anyone who would like to sing is most welcome to attend rehearsals on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm and on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am.
                    Joanne Peterson, Chancel Choir Director/Organist


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