Because Easter Sunday was so late this year, we’ll be celebrating the Easter Season until the last week of school. Our two biggest liturgies will be May Crowning (May 8th) and Eighth Grade Graduation (June 2). I will do my best to make sure that every choir member who wants a solo gets to sing a solo at Graduation (most likely, these solos will happen on “Alleluia, Sing Now With Gladness,” “This Is the Day,” and possibly “Go Light Your World.”) Tell me as soon as possible if you’d like to sing a solo at Graduation.
The Grand People Day Prayer Service (May 5) and Last Day of School Mass (June 7) will be sung by the seventh graders, as they prepare to step into their new role as school leaders next year. Thank you, eighth graders, for offering your voices week in and week out throughout the 2016-17 school year. Your joy, enthusiasm, and hard work have made our school masses truly special!
Here are some less-familiar songs that we’ll be singing between now and the end of the year:
Alleluia, Sing Now With Gladness (Warner): This song was written by Steve Warner, who directs the Notre Dame Folk Choir. Here is a recording of his group singing the song. Future Domers take note – this could be you some day! We’ll initially be singing the verses in unison, but I’d like to eventually use cantors on the verses, especially at Graduation. The descant begins at 1:40.
Lift Up Your Hearts: We sang this back in Ordinary Time, and we’ll be bringing it back in the weeks to come.
Go Out, Go Out (Stephan): Here’s another song that we sang at the beginning of the year. We’ll be singing it a couple more times before the end of the year.
O Healing River: We’ll be singing this with an echo, as demonstrated at 0:48. This recording includes sheet music, so you can easily use this to practice.
Jesus, Give Us Your Peace: We sang this during Lent, but never learned the verse. Hopefully, we’ll be able to learn the verse this time around!
Go Light Your World: The Choir will be singing this song at Graduation. Listening to it a few times is by far the easiest way to learn this song.
This Is the Day: Psalm for Graduation
May the Road Rise to Meet You (Lori True): The whole eight grade class will be singing this song at the very end of Graduation. We’ll sing the first refrain and the verses in unison. After the first refrain, we’ll add a descant (sung by sopranos/Group 3. In the recording, it starts around 2:50). EVERY EIGHTH GRADER NEEDS TO HAVE THIS MEMORIZED!