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The Holy Comforter Choir Loves To Sing Together, Make Music Together, Fellowship Together, And Most Importantly, Serve God Together As They Lead The Parish In The Corporate Worship Of God.
Consists entirely of dedicated volunteers, who always welcome newcomers
Is made of and embraces a wide range of musical abilities
Sings music from across a broad spectrum of beautiful traditional church music
Sings for 10:00 a.m. Eucharist service each Sunday
Sings for other feast and fast days during the liturgical year
Sings an annual Advent Service of Lessons and Carols each December and an occasional Choral Evensong
Rehearses on Sunday mornings 9 am
Music and Choir Director
January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany, sometimes called “Three Kings Day,” and starts what we consider to be the Season of or after Epiphany, continuing until Ash Wednesday. The word Epiphany means an appearance or manifestation, especially of a divine being. It is derived from a Greek word that meant “to manifest.”
The organ voluntary this Sunday is “Shalom (Peace)” by Dan Locklair. Locklair is an American composer of symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, and numerous chamber, solo instrumental, vocal, organ, and choral compositions. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1949, Dr. Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Shalom is a familiar term, meaning “peace” in English translation often referring to absence of conflict. In Hebrew, it carries much stronger meanings. The root word of Shalom is “shalam.” The ancient Hebrew meaning of shalam was “to make something whole”. Not just regarding practical restoration of things that were lost or stolen, but with an overall sense of fullness and completeness in mind, body, and estate. That is our mission as Jesus blesses the ‘peacemakers” in Matthew—to be so full and complete that it spills over into others and they are made whole in turn.
“Shalom (Peace)” is the middle movement of the three-part Æolian Sonata which was commissioned by Duke University for a recital on June 2, 2002, that celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Chapel’s Aeolian pipe organ. Æolus, the Greek god of the winds, is the namesake of the legendary American organ builder, the Aeolian Organ Company that merged with the E. M. Skinner Organ Co after completing this chapel organ in 1932. Aeolian was also an ancient Greek mode which later became one of the original church modes (A-A on the white notes of the keyboard, now the natural minor scale). The Aeolian mode and the notes A and E are prominent melodic building blocks for the entirety of the sonata.
The second movement is marked as “Serene and unhurried” and is based on a Mixolydian mode scale: A flat to A flat. The movement is quiet and moves simply, highlighting a dialogue section between flute and reed solo colors as it gently reflects the Hebrew title. The primary melodic material—the interval of the perfect fifth between A flat and E flat and the dissonance between A and A flat—is a transposition of ideas central to the work as a whole. This movement builds to a thrilling loud climax that then recedes into the beginning serenity and wholeness.
Below is a wonderful YouTube version of the Shalom (Peace)
and above is a version of the entire SonataTHE ÆOLIAN SONATA for organ by Dan Locklair. SHALOM.