Preparing for a new season

(Yes, this is a bit of a commercial.) Auditions are underway for one of my very favorite things: the First Choristers are a growing group of auditioned singers, from grade 4 through grade 8, who commit to a weekly rehearsal, and then sing alongside adults in concert.  The music they sing is not “children’s choir” music, but full-blown choral music – providing the soprano part for the great works of music we prepare for the December Lessons and Carols Festival at church and, next year, a new Spring concert event. The benefits of this rehearsal and performance time are huge: Along with the music itself, kids get the opportunity to learn how to work together as a team, basics of choral singing and music reading, and how music is such a critical part of our spiritual self.  I’m excited that we already have a number of new children auditioning for this fall season.

In addition to the children’s aspect of our programs, we have offered adults an opportunity to sing with the choir for these special events.  Over the past two years, we have built a core of singers from outside the church membership that have joined with us for Lessons and Carols.  Once again, our upcoming events are open to anyone Grade 9 through adults, by audition.  Teamwork, commitment, and glorious music sung in praise are all hallmarks of singing for these concerts, and any choir member can tell you that the fun and community we share in our rehearsal time is something you’ll find you can’t live without!  Detailed info can be found at www.musicatfirst.org.

The right combination

I’m just putting the finishing touches on a new website that has been particularly rewarding to design.  Along with www.czelusniakdugal.com and www.wanamakerorgan.com (the largest playing pipe organ in the world!), the new site for Lawless & Associates Pipe Organ Co. falls right into that category of several of my own passions colliding – pipe organs, music, photography, web design.

Each of these sites has been a collaboration, which is also very rewarding for me. The bringing together of one person’s vision, another’s photos, yet another’s technical ideas, and finally the “pulling together” of all the concepts into something cohesive… all of these puzzle pieces snap together to make a remarkable piece of web real estate!

Celebrating our musical family

Yesterday we celebrated the end of a truly great choir season at church with a party at the home of two beloved choir members.  The choir is “family” in so many different ways. In fact, in some cases we see each other more than our “real” extended family, and share in more of life’s ups and downs than even the closest in our lives. We get to make music together, which requires great trust in each other. Music is not just a technical thing, but emotional as well, so we also need to feel safe in sharing that in a group setting.  When it works (and in this choir it does!), the result is an amazing group of people, first, and the secondary benefit of awesome music-making.

So, it is with some sadness that we take a break for the summer.  It’s like we’re taking an extended vacation: Yes, it’s fun and necessary, but I’ll sure be glad to be back “home” in the fall!

Weekend miscellania

Saturday listing of ongoing events…  Some fall into the “Shameless Self-promotion” category, for which I apologize, but may be enjoyable for weekend web surfing nonetheless.

Early morning on the bay

I awoke super-early on Tuesday, and was able to enjoy some perfect solitude on Cape Cod Bay… not to mention some incredible lighting effects!

Hi Sam:

Here is the list of what I think we can offer for processional/recessional and a quiet piece during the ceremony  (have 2 trumpet / organ arrangements of them):

Beethoven Ode to Joy

Campra Rigoudon

Charpentier Prelude to Te Deum

Clarke Trumpet Voluntary

Mendelssohn Wedding March

Mouret Roundeau

Purcell Trumpet Tune

Wagner Bridal Chorus

Quiet:

Bach Bist du Bei Mir / Jesu Joy / Sheep May Safely

Malotte Lord’s Prayer

Franck Panis Angelicus

Perhaps she’d like quiet Bridal Party then a march for Bride (the Jesu Joy – Trumpet Voluntary “cocktail” is my greatest wedding hit!)

Let me know your thoughts, and pass this on to Cora if you wish.  BTW- can you pass on her email address? We have had trouble being in touch that way.

All best,

Scott

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Scott Lamlein

860.940.0044

www.scottlamlein.com

www.northfortyroad.com

Travel week

During this week, I am at Cape Cod enjoying a somewhat slower pace and recharging my batteries while continuing to care for my web clients (I am very grateful that my entire business can run from almost anywhere that has a good internet connection!).  I will be posting something daily, likely brief, hopefully with photos. My more normal posts will continue next week, on June 14.

Weekend miscellania

Saturday listing of ongoing events…  Some fall into the “Shameless Self-promotion” category, for which I apologize, but may be enjoyable for weekend web surfing nonetheless.

  • Auditions for adults and children can be scheduled at any time for December Lessons and Carols and Spring 2011 Concert: www.musicatfirst.org
  • Sunday Worship at First Congregational, Bristol, CT is Children’s Day, which will include reading and presentations by our church school, as well as a very cool medly of traditional church school songs sung by the Cherub Choir.