Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas at Trinity on Saturday, June 14

by Martin Dicke on June 11, 2014

The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas will present a concert at Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria. This free concert is offered jointly by the Trinity Concert Series (www.trinityconcertseries.org) and the Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. This choir is a world class ensemble and we very honored to have them visit Peoria.

Since their founding in 1982 by their current director, Wiliams Adams, the choir has grown from 45 initial members into five performing ensembles with about 200 choristers. Located in the Greater Houston area, members are selected from the local area by audition and enter the Training, Town, or Tour Choir. The Tour Choir has traveled to 23 states and gone on nine international tours. For their 30th anniversary tour in 2012, they brought their music to France with concerts performed in several regions including Normandy, the Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Basque region and Paris. The Tour Choir consisting of 36 choristers is touring Illinois this coming summer by arrangement with Witte Travel & Tours of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Highlights over the past 30 years include: performances for three U.S. presidents; performances with many symphony orchestras; recipient of an Addy Award; and a nomination for a National Emmy.

The choir was organized to give boys with special musical abilities and interests an opportunity to perform more challenging choral literal from classical selections to folk music. The group combines the freshness and enthusiasm of childhood with artistic maturity, something that can only be achieved through serious work. Boyish energy is channeled into dedication to excel, team effort and hard work. For other children, the boys serve as models of purposeful work and high achievement. For adults, they are inspirational reminders of human possibilities.

For more information on the concert, please call (309) 676-4609.For information about the choir and to hear some samples of their singing, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSDjdWNluzU&app=desktop or visit their website at http://fbbctx.org/.

Please forward this message to your friends and neighbors. Hope to see you on Saturday evening.

Position Announcement for Choir Director – Grace and Peace Lutheran Church

by Martin Dicke on June 11, 2014

Grace and Peace Lutheran Church in Peoria announces an opening for a part-time choir director, beginning September 1, 2014. The position’s salary is based on working 10 hours per week September-May, and follows guidelines published by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Grace and Peace was formed in 1994 from the merger of Grace Lutheran Church and Peace Lutheran Church. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and uses Evangelical Lutheran Worship for most of the hymns and liturgy. Full-time staff includes the pastor and the director of evangelism. Part-time staff includes the church secretary, organist, choir director, and custodian. Regular Sunday services are at 9 a.m.

There is currently an adult choir, hand chime choir, and children’s choir. One of these groups performs during the service each week September-May, for special services such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday, and once a month during the summer. There is also a global band which participates in worship approximately 12 Sundays a year by playing and singing music from Christian communities around the world.

The choir director is responsible for choosing appropriate music, organizing and directing rehearsals, and directing performances at church services. The choir director participates in the global band as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist. The choir director also selects and directs a children’s Christmas program. The choir director is responsible for scheduling special music for any Sunday through the year when one of the choirs or global band does not perform. The choir director is expected to attend monthly meetings of the Worship and Music Ministry, and semi-monthly staff meetings.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in music and past experience directing church choirs, or the equivalent in training and experience. Interested individuals should send a resume, with a cover letter describing the candidate’s relevant skills and interests, to:

Choir Director Search Committee
Grace and Peace Lutheran Church
7611 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614-2023

Application materials may also be emailed to admin@graceandpeacelutheran.org, or faxed to 309-693-8421. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact the church secretary at 309-693-8428.

 

Two Concerts to Conclude Peoria AGO 2013-14 Program Year

by Martin Dicke on April 27, 2014

There two remaining concerts on the Peoria AGO 2013-14 Program Year. Both events are FREE and open to the public and will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 NE Randolph Ave. Peoria. The first is a recital by the Peoria AGO’s youngest member.

Friday, May 9 – 7:00 p.m.
Member Recital – Nicholas Liese
Nicholas Liese, organ
No Admission

Nicholas Liese is a Senior at Brimfield High Shool and a student member of the Peoria AGO. He has received a scholarship to attend Concordia University, Wisconsin next year and study organ with Dr. John Behnke. He has been a student of Dr. Martin Dicke for several years and will be interning this summer with Buzard Pipe Organ Builders. This concert will feature among other things Mendelssohn’s Sonata No. 6 – Variations on “Vater Unser” (“Our Father in Heav’n Above”). For more information on Nicholas, visit his website at http://nicholasliese.weebly.com/about.html.

Trinity Lutheran Church
135 NE Randolph Ave.
Peoria, IL 61606
309-696-4797

The final concert of the Peoria AGO Program Year features The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas. This concert is offered in conjunction with the Trinity Concert Series.

Saturday, June 14 – 8:00 p.m.
The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas
William Adams, Director
No Admission

Since their founding in 1982 by their current director, the choir has grown from 45 initial members into five performing ensembles with about 200 choristers. Located in the Greater Houston area, members are selected from the local area by audition and enter the Training, Town, or Tour Choir. The Tour Choir has traveled to 23 states and gone on nine international tours. For their 30th anniversary tour in 2012, they brought their music to France with concerts performed in several regions including Normandy, the Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Basque region and Paris. The Tour Choir consisting of 36 choristers is touring Illinois this coming summer by arrangement with Witte Travel & Tours of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Highlights over the past 30 years include: performances for three U.S. presidents; performances with many symphony orchestras; recipient of an Addy Award; and a nomination for a National Emmy.

The choir was organized to give boys with special musical abilities and interests an opportunity to perform more challenging choral literal from classical selections to folk music. The group combines the freshness and enthusiasm of childhood with artistic maturity, something that can only be achieved through serious work. Boyish energy is channeled into dedication to excel, team effort and hard work. For other children, the boys serve as models of purposeful work and high achievement. For adults, they are inspirational reminders of human possibilities.

Trinity Lutheran Church
135 NE Randolph Ave.
Peoria, IL 61606
309-676-4609