Minnesota Saints Chorale

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I Hear the Angels Sing

Press Release: “I Hear the Angels Sing” – A Christmas Concert with the Minnesota Saints Chorale & Orchestra and The NorrSound Tenors

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On Friday, December 13th, the Minnesota Saints Chorale & Orchestra will present their 16th annual Christmas concert, this year in collaboration with The NorrSound Tenors. This year’s program is titled, “I Hear the Angels Sing” and features both traditional carols and newer holiday selections. The sixty singers will be accompanied by a 25 piece orchestra and a magnificent 4,000 pipe organ.  

Nathan Bird of the The NorrSound Tenors has collaborated with the Chorale as a soloist, but this will be the first time his trio takes the stage at the Chorale’s annual Christmas concert. Bird stated, “We’re excited to join with the angels in declaring the wonder and majesty of ‘The Word becoming flesh and making his dwelling among us’ (paraphrase of John 1:14).”  

I Hear the Angels Sing” will take place on December 13th from 7:30 PM-9:00 PM in Benson Great Hall on Bethel University’s campus. This is the Chorale’s second year performing in the Great Hall, hailed as one of the finest performing arts halls in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Tickets are available at mnsaintschorale.org. Tickets for reserved seating are $10 in advance or at the event. Last minute “rush” seating is available starting at 7:15 PM.  All are invited to come and donate what they can.

Minnesota Saints Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert, December 7, 2018 at Benson Great Hall, Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. Soloist Nathan Thibaudeau sings Manger of Bethlehem by Rob Gardner. Directed by Barb Thibaudeau.

The concert will be under the direction of Barb Thibaudeau, who recently assumed the position of Artistic Director and Conductor after years of serving as the Chorale’s Assistant Director. The Chorale has a long history of collaboration with area musicians. Thibaudeau noted, “It’s been a pleasure to sing with so many talented musicians and choirs in Minnesota, and now we are thrilled to have the NorrSound Tenors join us at our upcoming Christmas concert. Their voices are inspiring.” 

Pieces on the program arranged for tenor trio will include “O Holy Night,” “Gesu Bambino” and “Mary Did You Know.”

The beautiful Benson Great Hall at Bethel University.

Thibaudeau concluded, “We are grateful to join our voices together to celebrate the most sacred birth of our Savior.”  The mission of the Chorale is “Uniting hearts through music by sharing a love of Jesus Christ and inspiring goodwill.” Grace Albaugh, a longtime member of the Chorale and St. Paul resident reflects, “Singing with the Minnesota Saints Chorale & Orchestra feeds my creativity and my soul!”  

Concert highlights will include “Candlelight Carol” by John Rutter, and other traditional carols like “The First Noel,” as well as “Far Far Away on Judea’s Plains” accompanied by orchestra, fiddle and bagpipes.  

The Minnesota Mormon Chorale Has a New Name!

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Why the Change

After 15 years, the locally-renowned Minnesota Mormon Chorale and Orchestra is changing its name to “Minnesota Saints Chorale and Orchestra of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or Minnesota Saints Chorale and Orchestra, in short form). This name modification, which drops the word “Mormon,” follows an August 2018 statement by President Russell M. Nelson requesting the use of the full name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the choir & orchestra’s sponsoring organization, and helps to affirm the central focus of our faith, Jesus Christ.

“We are excited to move forward as the Minnesota Saints Chorale and Orchestra to continue our message of faith and goodwill in this area,” said Erin Gray, Founder and Artistic Director of the Choir. “We look forward to many more collaborations with other talented choirs.” Barb Thibaudeau, Executive Director of the Chorale, added, “The name may have changed, but everything people love about the choir will continue to grow and expand.”

The name may have changed, but everything people love about the choir will continue to grow and expand.

– Barb Thibaudeau, Executive Director of the Minnesota Saints Chorale & Orchestra

To coincide with the choir’s new name, its website address will be changed to mnsaintschorale.org and its Facebook page can now be found at fb.me/MNSaintsChorale .

About the Chorale and Orchestra

Joyful, Joyful Christmas Concert on Dec. 7, 2018 at Bethel University
with the Minnesota Saints Chorale & Orchestra, The Hurst Family Experience, and Twin Cities Community Gospel ChoirPhoto by Chad Holder Photography

The Minnesota Saints Chorale is a 70-voice, auditioned choir comprised of musicians from the Twin Cities and surrounding area who share a love for singing and for Jesus Christ. Founded in 2004, the choir strives for choral excellence in singing a varied repertoire of sacred and secular works in both concert and worship settings throughout Minnesota. The choir has performed over 175 concerts with a repertoire of 250 pieces including major works such as Mozart’s “Requiem”, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Hymn of Praise” and Rob Gardner’s Easter Oratorio “Lamb of God”. In 2012, the Minnesota Saints Orchestra was organized to expand the sound, repertoire and mission of the chorale.

The choir and orchestra value collaborative opportunities with other ensembles to build bridges of unity that inspire goodwill. Some recent collaborative concerts include the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, The Hurst Family Experience, North Star Boys’ Choir, North Hennepin Community College Chamber Singers, the Choir of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, the Northern Lights Chorale and the Apollo Male Chorus.

The choir was honored to be featured at the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) Annual State Conference in 2017. Regular performances include concerts at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and springtime.

Easter 2016: Soloist Auditions for “Lamb of God”

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We are THRILLED to announce that the Minnesota Mormon Chorale & Orchestra will be joined by the St. Paul Cathedral Choir in performing the beautiful Easter oratorio ‘Lamb of God’ by Rob Gardner, on Fri. March 11 & Sun. March 13th, 2016.  We are very excited to present this glorious music in a new venue, the Ted Mann Concert Hall (Fri night only).  The event is free and ALL are welcome.

The oratorio features the choir & orchestra, 13 vocal soloists, 1 cello soloist, and 2 narrators. The oratorio not only tells the Easter story of the final days of the Savior’s earthly ministry, but also tells each person’s view of those very special events, from Peter’s denial and real testimony of Jesus to Mary’s understanding of the blessedness of His sacrifice. Jesus Christ is not portrayed by a singer on the stage, instead a cello soloist represents the Savior in the music, helping us feel His presence and spirit throughout.  For more information: http://spiremusic.org/lamb/

Schedule of Rehearsals and Performances
Complete rehearsal schedules for soloists, choir, cellist and narrators will be provided at the first scheduled rehearsal on Thursday, January 14th.

Soloist auditions will be scheduled with the director and will be selected by Friday, January 9th.

Auditions – Vocal and Instrumental Soloists
Musicians of all faiths in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas are invited to participate in ‘Lamb of God’. The performance is being hosted by the Minnesota Mormon Chorale, but all are welcome to attend as performers or as audience. All vocal and instrumental positions are volunteer only, with no paid positions. Participation is through audition only. Vocal soloists should contact Erin Gray (egray.mn@gmail.com) to request audition materials.  Instrumentalists should contact Kate McWilliams (kate@unprofitableinstruments.com).

Soloist Auditions/Requirements**: Tuesday, Dec. 15th (7-9 pm).  Other date(s) as needed.  Audition times on Dec 15th should be scheduled by sending an email to Erin Gray: egray.mn@gmail.com.  Video auditions are also welcome in extenuating circumstances as long as the face/voice is clearly seen/heard.  Please note that several soloists may be asked to also learn the choir parts and sing as part of the choir in this ensemble-type performance.

Lamb of God Soloist Vocal Ranges (in order of appearance):

  • John, the Apostle: D3 – F#4 (Tenor – tender, high G required)
  • Thomas, the Apostle: B3 – G#4 (Lyric Baritone/Tenor – tender, high G# required)
  • Peter, the Apostle: A2 – B4 (Lyric Baritone/Tenor: FILLED)
  • Pilate: A2 – G4 (Tenor – strong upper range required with consistent high F and G; low notes can be adjusted to an octave above)
  • Accuser: A2 – D4 (Baritone)
  • Martha, sister of Lazarus: C4 – E3 (Mezzo-Soprano – lyrical, strong upper range)
  • Mary of Bethany: F#3 – A4 (Contralto)
  • Judas: A2 – E4 (Bass, strong E4 required)
  • Mary the Mother: G3 – C5 (Alto, low G required)
  • False Witness: A2 – F4 (Tenor)
  • Maid: Eb4 – Bb4 (Alto)
  • Damsel: Eb4 – Bb4 (Alto)
  • Mary Magdalene: B3 – Ab3 (Soprano, lyrical)

 

New Website!

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Hello friends and members of the MN Mormon Chorale & Orchestra!

We are very excited to roll out our new website: www.mnmormonchorale.org You will find that it is much easier to navigate and it’s filled with up-to-date information. We are so grateful to Joe Roushar and Randy for all their work to build it….as well as staff and board members who provided the information (special shout-out to Sarah Johnson for her amazing graphics). There are still some updates and fixes that need to be made and we will keep you updated as they become available. Want to know what events are coming up?  Click here: https://mnsaintschorale.org/events/