Bravo Sing Fires Festival Choir! Share your comments!

On Saturday and Sunday we did just a little bit to help change our world, bond disparate communities, and create a space for mutual understanding. Sing Fires of Justice for Hope was an amazing experience — far more moving than I had anticipated. A special thank you for all those who participated from our UW Choir and UW Community. I am always amazed at the magic that can happen in live performance and without fail something absolutely unique and magical happens at Sing Fires. A special congrats to the brave souls who played instruments for the improvisation and those who braved singing into the empty spaces at the edges of range. There is a great richness to explore in our cross-cultural improvisations. I am thrilled for your participation ( I am not kidding.  .  it’s like you’re in a special club now  . . . how many choristers get to improvise with First Nation drummers and Islamic folk singers? That’s right. . a very few. Let’s share what we can on Tuesday night with our choir. And perhaps next year, the tenth anniversary of Sing Fires of Justice will have us all present. Please share your comments about the evening with others in the choir.

Bravo to you all!


UW University Choir and Sing Fires of Justice


This coming weekend is Sing Fires of Justice where we gather with members of other university, church, and community choirs to engage in a weekend of social justice through song. This is the 9th year of this event and each year the choirs from Conrad Grebel University College have played a role. This year the university is represented by our choir members and I am counting on as many of us as possible to inspire the community singers (yes, they love being with all of you. . .yes, they go on and on about it).


Sing Fires is in two parts:

Saturday, Oct. 4 — 930 am – 1200noon (I will confirm) Choral Workshop / Rehearsal (coffee provided)

Sunday, Oct. 5 — 4pm Run though (rehearsal), 700pm concert/performance (dinner is provided).

We will be putting together a massive choral improvisation using a Tamil Song interlaced with readings, songs, meditations. It’s quite a project. I have a feeling there is no way to make it work without our choir’s particular skills.

We’ll need to confirm each singer’s participation so adequate food can be provided.

We will talk more at rehearsal. See you all soon!


Fall 2014 Learning Resources

This post is the “Music Help” link in the menu. It will be updated throughout the term.

Poulenc Gloria

Here are some MIDIs from a couple different sources.

And here are some YouTube versions members in the choir have found helpful.

Playlist by tholley8215

Penn State School of Music

Thank you Savannah, Line, and Jenny

Thursday, Singing Priest of India

Curious and Keen (read those who will probably get really high marks) choristers.

Father Paul Poovathingal, the Singing Priest of India, visits our lovely city tomorrow — Thursday, sept. 25. There should be seating room at each if the three sessions for visitors.

Who: Father Paul Poovathingal and his ensemble

What: Peformance-demonstrations in Carnatic music of India, culture, and spirituality

Where: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in the WLU Campus at the intersection of Albert and Seagrams drive. 75 University Avenue W, Waterloo, ON

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm

Cost: free of charge to curious, keen students who love to learn

Why should you go?
Because your instructor will note your presence.
Because It may contribute positively towards your choir mark.
Because you are inherently curious, a fine student, and love learning about interesting musics across the globe.
Did I mention it may contribute positively towards your choir mark?

choir jokes!

Hey choristers!

If you come a little early to rehearsal this week with a short choir joke (e.g. I would love to record a quick video of you telling it!

I’m then going to make a big video collecting everyone’s jokes and keep a tally of which section is most joked about.

See you Tuesday!


Preliminary Choir List, Sept. 14, 2014

UW Choir Prelim List Sept. ’14

UW Choir:

Congratulations and thank you to you all for auditioning! Attached, please find the preliminary choir list. No doubt there will be a few section changes. We will also publish this on FB and by email. Remember, on Tuesday night, please bring $35 (cash, check, debit, or credit card) in order to purchase the music packet for the term. I look forward to making music with you all!

Gerard Yun

Auditions proceeding well!

The first round of auditions went very well last night (Tuesday). I have more singers to hear on Friday. Alan X came by with a great choir gift:

Remember all that talk about horses for Whitacre’s “Water Night?” And all those scary stories about the Jamaican three-legged horse? Alan brought by the dollar store version. Looking forward to hearing the rest of you. Remember, Tuesday night. $30 for music!



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