Have you visited the listening page and wondered who’s singing? If you have, this note is for you. I thought it would be good to give credit to the various groups who have contributed recordings over the years. It’s a huge blessing to have these recordings, and I send out a big thank you to these groups for making them.
Here are the groups in the order of the number of songs they have contributed.
Okay, you’ve probably heard of the The Sixteen. If you haven’t, go listen to them sometime. They’re a world-class singing group. The 17 are not related to them. In fact, The 17 only existed for one weekend and will probably never exist as those same 17 singers again, but it was a fun title for the singers who got together for one weekend to rehearse and record a bunch of my pieces.
Here are their songs:
- I Will Lift Up My Eyes
- All Hail Medley
- Joy Medley
- As For You, My Son
- For Unto Us a Child is Born
- The Solid Rock
- Be Still, My Soul
- With Christ in My Vessel
- Building Up the Temple
- My God is So Big
- Jesus Saith Unto Him
- O Worship the King
- Silent Night
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- Choose for Yourselves
Did I mention that they did this voluntarily? That it was their idea? And they planned it? All I had to do was show up. What a sweet bunch of people.
Shenandoah Christian Music Camp Choirs
Over the years, I have conducted a number of resident choirs at Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, a week-long music camp in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The camp week is always busy and exciting, and I have enjoyed working with the students each year. Several times, I conducted the mass choir, and in 2018, I directed and toured with the chamber choir. “All Your Works Shall Praise You” was written specifically for them.
Each recording represents a different choir and a different year of camp. Here are the songs:
- All Your Works Shall Praise You (chamber choir)
- In Heavenly Love Abiding (resident choir)
- Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All (resident choir)
- Thanksgiving Medley (resident choir)
- Peace, Perfect Peace (mass choir)
Oasis Chorale started in 2003. I remember, because I was there. But that was a long time ago. They keep improving and honing their skills, and their influence continues to grow as well. I am grateful for their pursuit of excellence and for their contributions to the choral world.
Here are their songs:
- Shout for Joy
- Give to Our God Immortal Praise
- I Am the Lord
- Prayer for Strength
Tapestry Chamber Singers
In the last ten years, the Tapestry Chamber Singers have assembled twice to record hymns, choral arrangements, and original compositions by Mennonite composers. The last time they met (2015), they included a few of my pieces in their recording project. Thanks for the lovely memories, Tapestry people.
Here are their songs:
- Let This Mind Be in You
- Acts 2
- In Deepest Night
The Tehillah Ensemble got connected primarily through the Elnora Bible Institute. Most of them are former EBI students, and all of them are great people. They kindly agreed (or offered, I forget which) to record a few of my pieces. Thanks, guys.
- Thou Wilt Keep Him
- Hava Nagila
- Evening Star
The Elnora Bible Institute sits in the little town of Elnora, Indiana, where I lived and worked for the past five years. This ensemble is composed of a handful of singers from fourth term 2018. Thanks for doing this on the spur of the moment, guys.
- Blest Are They
Mennonite Memorial Choir
The Mennonite Memorial Choir of southern Ontario has presented a number of programs over the years focusing on hymns, hymn arrangements, and other quality sacred music. They recorded this arrangement of mine.
- Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Incidentally, I don’t charge for the use of this piece and tried to tell them that. They wouldn’t listen and sent a payment anyway. Generous people. Thanks.
Shalom is a men’s quartet that used to exist, but now it doesn’t. I mean, the people exist, but the quartet is not singing together regularly because I live in Indiana and the other three guys live in Kansas. I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of friends. Thanks for singing this piece and making it so much fun. You guys are the best!
- Roll Away
If you know of a recording of one of my pieces that you would like to share, feel free to send me an email. I plan to keep adding pieces to the listening page as good recordings become available.
This was interesting and informational. Keep up the good work and may God bless your efforts Lyle!
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