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Blessings through community

* The CHORAL GUILD of ATLANTA*

The Choral Guild of Atlanta is an organization with a long history of service and commitment to the cultural environment in the Atlanta area and beyond.  In its 72nd year, the Choral Guild is a true community chorus, with membership open to anyone who meets musical qualifications.  Their concert of May 6th, 2012 was titled “Georgia:  The Past Meets the Present.”  It featured choral settings of music from the Civil War era in the first half of the program and choral works by contemporary composers who have a connection to Georgia in the second program section.  A few weeks before the concert, Travis was notified by Director Clair Maxwell that his anthem, “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  had been selected for inclusion in the second half of the program.  Travis was also invited to attend the concert and to introduce the anthem, which was the first selection in the second half of the program.

Travis and I went to the May 6th afternoon concert without knowing exactly what to expect, although we did know that the chorus has a reputation for excellence.  The concert was held in the Chapel of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta.  It’s a great place for singing, with acoustics that enliven the sound without adding an echo.  Our musical impressions were very favorable, and we really enjoyed the concert.  Here is an excerpt from a post we placed on the Choral Guild’s facebook page so all of the membership could see it, thanking the group for the experience and for the honor of having one of Travis’ works performed:

“It was great to be able to join you for the afternoon concert.  You sang (and conducted…and played) with sensitivity and artistry as you shared a variety of lyrical content.  The emphasis on the value of various musical styles and genres was reflected in the eclectic nature of your program and in your attention to lyrical messages that were sometimes historical and sometimes literary or spiritual.  My wife and I greatly enjoyed the concert, and I am honored that you chose to perform “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!’ and did so with excellence.  We also enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with many of you in person.  Blessings to you all as you continue to use your God-given talents and sing together with your Atlanta Choral Guild family.

Sincerely, Travis L. Boyd”

Even though all of the Choral Guild’s repertoire was very well performed, musical excellence was not the only impression that has stayed with us from the concert and the reception that followed.  Our primary observation about the group is that they are a community of musicians who share a love for choral music, with all of the depth of relationship that the word “community” implies.  For example, the following elements of community were very evident in the conversations that we were able to join:

* A community is a group of people who care about one another.
It was obvious that many of the people in the Choral Guild have been members for a long time and have grown to love one another like an extended family.

* A community works together to accomplish common goals.
Whether rehearsing for a concert, recording a CD, or touring around the world, the Choral Guild has obviously been working together to promote and enjoy choral music for many years.

* A community welcomes opportunities for growth and for new community members.
Through the eclectic and historical nature of their program, the premiere of a new work, the inclusion of contemporary composers, the opportunity for composers to be invited to attend the concert and introduce their works and then spend time in conversation with chorus members, other composers, and guests, the Choral Guild of Atlanta has demonstrated a desire to embrace both historical and contemporary music as well as works in various styles and with both sacred and secular texts.  Their website offers audition information for anyone wishing to become a member of the Atlanta Choral Guild.  From our experience, I am sure that along with becoming a representative of the organization and a member of the chorus comes a membership that is of even higher importance:  inclusion in a community of committed volunteers who are doing their part to see that choral music remains an important cultural force and a viable and valuable form of musical expression.

This photo of the Atlanta Choral Guild was taken at the concert described in this blog post.

This photo of the Atlanta Choral Guild was taken at the concert described in this blog post.

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“Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!” SATB Choral Anthem written by Travis L. Boyd
Performed by The Choral Guild of Atlanta on May 6th, 2012, at Northside Baptist Church, Atlanta

The Choral Guild of Atlanta’s website:  http://www.cgatl.org/

CGA’s facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Choral-Guild-of-Atlanta/124363076808#!/pages/Choral-Guild-of-Atlanta/116706391727663

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“Amazing Grace, Eternal Life!”

“Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  was published by the Lorenz Corporation’s Monarch Division.  The anthem and Travis’ accompanying orchestration (as heard on the publisher’s studio demo) are still available at this link:

http://www.lorenz.com/product.aspx?id=10_3228M

To hear the original studio demo while viewing the music on the Lorenz product page link above, click the demo link (music notes), minimize immediately, and then click the sample pages link (Adobe icon).

A performance/accompaniment CD which features the full orchestration is also available.

“Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  has been performed and recorded by  over 700 musicians from the The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony at their “Foundations” concert, with the CD and DVD of the concert also being titled, “Foundations.”

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“Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  has also been performed and recorded by the Farrells of the Tom Farrell Evangelistic Ministries as the title song on one of their CDs.  The CD is still widely available in many Christian bookstores.

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“Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!” has been translated into the Mandarin language and printed in a choral book for Chinese choirs.  Several performances of the anthem have been posted on youtube and other video hosting sites in Chinese, and we’ve found some postings of performance videos in English as well.  For more information about the Mandarin version used in Chinese churches, contact Lorenz music, which holds the copyright.  To view the lyrics in Mandarin and see a link to one of our favorite videos of the song in Mandarin, go to our Song Story post for “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  at this link: https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/song-story-amazing-grace-eternal-life/

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There are many more songs written by Travis L. Boyd
on our WorshipSounds Music website

Worshipful and affordable music for Choirs, Ensembles, Soloists, Orchestras, and Congregational praise
Inspiring music for School, University, or Community Choirs

http://www.worshipsounds.com

Click photo above to go to our WorshipSounds website

Click photo above to go to our WorshipSounds website

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There are two additional posts about “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!” on this blog. 
They are:

Blessings through worshipping together  (about the “Foundations” Concert and recordings, with The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Bill Green)

and  Song Story:  “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  (back story about how the anthem came to be written)

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This post was written by Cynthia A. Boyd

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Do you know someone who is looking for answers?

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Blessings through worshipping together

The "Foundations" Worship Concert

Over 700 musicians presented a glorious worship concert, which was recorded on a DVD and CD, both entitled “Foundations.”

**  THE  SINGING  CHURCHMEN  OF  OKLAHOMA,
THE  SINGING  CHURCHWOMEN  OF  OKLAHOMA,
and  THE  OKLAHOMA  BAPTIST  SYMPHONY  **

Through the years, our lives have been blessed and enriched through the experience of worshipping together with other believers.  As we all focus on our loving God and Savior, our hearts are united in praise.  Many of these experiences have been in our local church congregations, while still others have been at camps or retreats, special worship concerts, prayer meetings in homes, or even in choir rehearsals.  It has been especially meaningful to Travis when his music has been a part of these times of worship, whether in large settings or in the home of a friend and brother in Christ.  Many of our closest relationships have been with fellow worshippers who have servant hearts and long to use their gifts to glorify the Lord through music, often in choral groups.   These incredible times of worship and fellowship are only a faint shadow of the rejoicing and praise that will take place in eternity.  Many times, we’ve imagined all of these choirs and congregations…and so many more…gathered around the throne of God in worship.   We’re very thankful that God has called Travis into His ministry and has allowed him to write songs that have been used by these choirs (and so many others that we’ll never know about this side of heaven) to worship and praise the Lord.

In this photograph (courtesy of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma), The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, and The Oklahoma Baptist Symphony are in concert at the First Baptist Church of Moore, Oklahoma.   Choir members from both choral groups not only filled the choir loft but also two sections of pews, one on either side of the platform, and the steps to the balcony on both sides of the choir loft.  A Concert DVD and CD were recorded live at this incredible worship concert, and Travis’ SATB choral anthem, “Amazing Grace, Eternal Life!”  (published by the Lorenz Corporation, Monarch Division, 10 3228M) was a part of both the worship concert and the recordings.   What an incredible day this was, as over 700 musicians from all over the State of Oklahoma worshipped together all through rehearsals and on through the concert that evening.   Soli Deo Gloria!

Here is the Sound Cloud audio of the recording of “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!” made by The Singing Churchmen and Churchwomen of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony.
What a blessing these groups have been in our lives and in the lives of countless others around the world.  All glory and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who, through His amazing grace, made it possible for us to have eternal life.

HERE  IS  THE  LINK
to the Lorenz studio demo recording
of  “Amazing Grace, Eternal Life!”
(with the complete orchestration as accompaniment)

http://www.lorenz.com/Med/Sample/10_3228M.mp3

YOU CAN  VIEW  THE  MUSIC  AS  YOU  LISTEN 
by going to the Lorenz information page for “Amazing Grace, Eternal Life!”  using the link below.
Once on the information page, click the listening icon,
immediately minimize the media player for the demo, and then click on the Adobe sample page link.
http://www.lorenz.com/product.aspx?id=10_3228M

There is a Song Story about the writing of this anthem, found on our blog at:  https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/song-story-amazing-grace-eternal-life/ 

“Amazing Grace, Eternal Life!”  is a majestic anthem of testimony, steadily building in intensity to the victorious ending.   The words to the bridge come directly from scripture, John 3:16 & 17.

Here are the lyrics to “Amazing Grace, Eternal Life!”

“There is a Love sent down to man,
A rugged cross, a spotless Lamb,
A life laid down, a sacrifice,
Amazing grace, eternal life!

There is a hope beyond the grave
With love so deep and power to save,
Rising above all earthly strife,
Amazing grace, eternal life!

There is a peace that all can know.
It calms the heart and heals the soul.
“Come Unto Me,”  the Savior cries!
Amazing grace, eternal life!

God so loved the world that He gave His Son
For us to believe in Him.
For the Son was not sent to condemn the world,
But to save us from our sin!

There is a home prepared for all
Who on the name of Jesus call.
A place of rest, a throne on high…
Amazing grace, eternal life!

A place of rest, a throne on high…amazing grace!  Eternal life!
Amazing grace!”

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You’ll find many more Choral Anthems, Orchestrations, Vocal Solos,
Accompaniment Tracks, and Congregational Worship Songs
on our WorshipSounds Music website.

http://www.worshipsounds.com

Worshipful and Affordable Music for YOUR Choir, Soloists, Ensembles, Congregation, Praise Band, and Orchestra

Click photo above to go to our WorshipSounds website

Click photo above to go to our WorshipSounds website

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Looking for answers for yourself or for a friend?

Thank you for spending your valuable time reading the contents of this page.  We hope that it has been helpful to you.   If you or someone that you know is looking for answers about life, we hope that you will visit our page called “Do You Know Jesus?”.   The links provided on this page will help to answer life’s deepest questions.   Here is the link to “Do You Know Jesus?”:  http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/

Please feel free to share this URL with anyone who is looking for answers about life and eternity.

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