Musical Weekly 12 April, 2016

 

In this issue:

  • Replies to my post about attending concerts of colleague organizations
  • Nasty, lingering cold
  • What’s next for SMCC
  • This Week at St. Andrew’s

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Some interesting replies to my query last week about ideas for motivating people to attend the concerts of colleagues and colleague ensembles.  Some of the replies weren’t quite what I was asking, but that’s sometimes doubly interesting.  Here are some of them, in no particular order:

 

From Christina Lynn-Craig (whose choir Aster is having concerts in a couple weeks – check it out at www.asterchoir.org):

 

I think that having a ‘clearing house’ with all of the concerts which are being offered by all the local groups posted in one place would be very helpful.  Then it would be easier to make choices about which concert(s) one might be able to attend in a given quarter.  I know that each group has a website and that each group sends out publicity/postcard or e-mail reminders, AND, it would be great to see everything listed in one place.  It might be overwhelming to include all the Tier I and II groups, but they could be included as well.

I think that attending with other members of the ensemble could be fun, especially if driving a distance to the concert.  Perhaps the group which is presenting the concert could suggest a local eatery to patronize?  Discussing the music afterward would be beneficial to all.  Taking into account that every ensemble has its strengths and weaknesses and each has different goals or missions.

 

Similar thoughts about a “clearing house” (Consortium) from Katie Schmidt, the (relatively new) director of the Denver Early Music Consort (which also has upcoming concerts: http://www.denverearlymusic.org/):

 

My vision was that, in a few years, as the Denver Early Music Consort becomes more established, that all of the early music ensembles in the region could form a consortium, in which much musical ecumenism could flourish.

 

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But here is a solution that we can all enact right here and right now.  We could call our partnership something like the Colorado Chamber Consortium.  We could start a website for it, and allow the marketing lead for each group to have access to editing the website.  A step we could all take TODAY would be to create a Facebook page for the Colorado Chamber Consortium, and again, each marketing lead or director would be granted administrative access to the page.  Then, each organization can be responsible for uploading and sharing their own event.  Anyone who “likes” the Consortium’s page would be provided with regular event updates for ALL the groups they like, and some they may not even know about.  The Facebook page, and the website, would essentially function as a communal event calendar and announcement board to which all the groups contribute.  This kind of page + website would be a one-stop shop for finding out information about all the amazing musical offerings Denver boasts.  (Common ticket sales, even??? Combined subscriptions???)

 

This is the perfect time to create such a strong union among these small groups. As Denver is growing and flourishing, we can all surf on the strong economic tide we’re enjoying here, and the strong surge of population, particularly of young people with disposable income who want to get in on the “Denver scene”.  It’s also the perfect time, because we’re at a point now where the smaller groups that had been startup “pick-up bands” 10 years ago are now established fixtures in the community.  We’ve got enough cultural diversity that if we unite together, we strengthen our ecosystem, and my God, would that unity create buzz and excitement for all of us!  Not only are we stronger united, but our strength makes it possible for NEW groups to form, for NEW entrepreneurs to come up in the community and create something unique.  By creating a consortium, we build a foundation for the success of the ecosystem to diversify with new “species”, as it were!

 

It’s a very exciting prospect, and with a few quick emails back and forth between the directors of our bands, we can get the ball rolling even as soon as this week, for the Facebook page, certainly.  It goes without saying that I and the Denver Early Music Consort would like to be in on the ground floor of this kind of effort.  I’ve got the enthusiasm and energy to put forth the initial work, and the momentum we build together will change the entire landscape on which we stand.  Denver can be a model for how successful arts orgs can work together to create something tremendous.  I’m ready to participate in making that happen.

 

Nothing like this yet exists.  I checked the SCFD website just before writing this email and found nothing promoting performances except a hidden little blog which didn’t at all satisfy my desire to see all SCFD-funded music events at once.  So, you want something done, you have to do it yourself sometimes, as my Colorado Singers Call List demonstrates.

 

If anyone would like to get in touch with Katie, let me know, and I’ll forward your e-mail to her (I don’t want to publish e-mail addresses in this public forum).

 

Although this is really exciting (and I hope it generates more energy in this direction), my query was more about some ideas for encouraging/persuading busy people like all of us to attend the concerts of our colleagues, as I don’t think lack of information is the problem (I’m usually aware, for instance, of when BCOC or PMCCO or Seicento concerts are taking place).  So here are some replies in that direction:

 

Brock Erickson, formerly E. D. of SMCC (and still a singer in that ensemble), wrote:

 

I think that anyone who can make the effort (or find the time!) to attend events by other groups will then bring a different, richer perspective to their own “home” organization.  It should also foster more opportunities for off-stage contact between performers, and could encourage more empathy and appreciation and less competitive or territorial feeling.  Try as we might, it is so easy for that really counterproductive attitude to creep in when everyone in another group is a stranger.

 

What about coming up with some kind of “performer pass”?  It could be a free pass that would let the holder attend 10 events for free during a year.  I don’t see it cutting into ticket revenues, because the ticket holder would probably not have attended the event without the pass.  We could start with the choral groups in town (or some other small collection of organizations), and if it worked it could be expanded to other kinds of groups.  Someone would have to manage the program, of course, and there would need to be some provision for groups to make some events not eligible, say in anticipation of a full house or something.

 

Tim, if some kind of project like this might be attempted I’d like to be involved.  It has always been a special interest of mine to try to get more cross-contact between our arts organizations.

 

(Katie and Brock, take note of each other… 😉

 

Christina Lynn-Craig also provided a paragraph along these lines in her e-mail:

 

Cantabile does something which is really nice, generous and helpful – they offer two comp tickets to music directors of other groups, and you don’t need to RSVP or anything – which means you can decide at the last minute to attend the concert, they just have your name at the door.

I like this idea so much, I’m going to propose it at the next SMCC board meeting!

 

Abbie Bettinis, Minneapolis-based composer (-extraordinaire, I might add), contributed the following about the Minn./St. Paul scene:

 

One of the things the Twin Cities choral scene has recently been doing is challenging others choirs to “sing-offs.”  I think it started with the One Voice Mixed Chorus (Jane Ramseyer Miller), who challenged Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus & The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists to a Broadway showtunes-based evening of singing and trivia.  Supporters from each chorus come out to vote for quartets that represented each chorus.  The defending champs then host and invite another Twin Cities choir.  (The choir Eric and I sing in, VocalPoint, was challenged this year by The Singers, defending champs)  My hunch is that it builds audiences for all choirs involved, but I’ll know more after we try to beat the pants of them.  Ha!  😉

 

The Twin Cities also has a #NewMusicMN hashtag on Twitter, so if a group is performing a lot of new music on their concert, they use the hashtag to connect with the new music audience who will come to any concert of new stuff.  That’s not just choral, but all ensembles.  You can see it here: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NewMusicMN

 

I think mutual fandom is such a critical part of sustaining and building on an already-so-artistic community… and often overlooked.

 

And finally (for this go-around at least), Abbie added the following from Minnesota Public Radio (I know several CPR people receive this Weeklythis might be an idea for you all [let’s see if any of you have actually read this far!])

 

Another really cool thing that Minnesota Public Radio has been doing is a little weekly spot called Art Hounds.  MPR handpicks artists from anywhere in the state and asks what we’re looking forward to attending this month.  It’s really fun — they bring you into the radio station and give you the mic for 2 minutes or so to geek out about something — but the rule is, you can’t be at all involved in it yourself.  You have to be completely just a fan.  It’s fun to hear ballet dancers recommending another company’s work, or composers getting psyched about a friend’s premiere.  They’re tiny spots on the radio, but then everyone can share them, of course.  More here: http://www.mprnews.org/topic/art-hounds

 

More comments (and comments on comments) are welcome.

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I have had a nasty, lingering cold these two weeks and more.  My apologies to any to whom I owe an e-mail or a reply . . . I’ve really fallen behind and am just trying to keep my head above water at this point.

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St. Martin’s Chamber Choir has just begun rehearsals for our early June concert, the finale to our 22nd Season, which in its entirety has been called “Stories in Choral Song.”  In this final concert, entitled “Short Stories in Song,” each number on the program tells a short story of its own.  Some are arrangements of folk tunes, some are poems; some are jolly and light-hearted, others are poignant and sad (MB told me she cried three times while sight-reading through one of the pieces Sunday afternoon!).  I’ll give a complete list of works to be performed in a subsequent Weekly.  For now, put these dates on your calendar, and plan to come see SMCC’s 22nd Season out:

 

  • , June 3, 7:30pm, Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Park Hill
  • , June 5, 3:00pm, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Cherry Hills Village

 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at (303) 298-1970, or www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org.

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The Season is winding down – there are just 7 choral evensongs left before we break for the summer, and each one has some good stuff in it.  Many people of my acquaintance say they love to attend Evensong when they visit Britain – one of England’s best-kept secrets.  Well, there’s a church in Denver that does it every week, so imagine that you’re on vacation and come hear us!  We really do put on a beautiful service 98% of the time (yes, there have been a couple of times we’ve sung a service that I’d rather not remember – there was once a train-wreck in a Victoria anthem [my fault for trusting the women to read strange clefs], and there have been occasional tenor passages that have ruined the tuning of a piece, or basses that have gone ruinously astray.  But usually the musical quality at these services is quite high – nearly that of an English cathedral, I’d say!).  And spread the word to your Anglophile and music-loving friends.  Our average attendance is around 30, but I’d love to see 50! 100!  This Thursday it’s one of the more intimate services, an a cappella quartet singing the following, to honor the life and witness of Edward Demby and Henry Delany, two of the Episcopal church’s first African-American bishops:

 

April 14, 2016, 5:45pm, Choral Evensong: Demby and Delany

Preces & Responses: John Repulski (2006)

Canticle of Light: “Let my prayer” by John Blow (1649-1708)

Psalm: 119:161-168, plainchant

Service: Stephen Elvey (1805-1860) in A

Anthem: “O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit” by Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)

Office Hymn: 526 (Dundee)

 

I almost programmed an African American spiritual, but decided that it might come off as patronizing.  I am fine programming spirituals when the person being honored actually loved and worked with them (Henry Burleigh, Frederick Douglass, etc.).  But programming a spiritual just because Demby and Delany were Black would be like someone programming a Ländler Waltz in a service for me because I have a German surname.  Not that I’d mind a Ländler, but those who know me know I’d prefer something English! J

 

Stephen Elvey, though holding Oxford posts for most of his life, wrote the above service at the age of 20 while a lay-clerk (singer) at Canterbury Cathedral, as a continuation of/companion for the (at the time) well-known morning service in A by William Croft.  Elvey was the older brother of the more famous Sir George Elvey (“Ah,” you’re saying, “now I know why the name sounded familiar!”  [I’m being facetious, obviously.  I expect only my friend Stewart Taylor, my old professor Lionel Pike, and possibly Alan Lewis, have ever heard of (and probably don’t care for the music of) either of the Elveys!]).  I find this a typically “jolly” service of the late-18th, early-19th centuries that I like so much for a cappella quartets (Boyce, Arnold, Cooke, Kelway, Ebdon, King – household names, in other words!).

 

This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is popularly called “Good Shepherd Sunday,” and here’s the music I’ve planned:

 

April 17, 2016, 9:00 and 11:00am, Easter 4: “Good Shepherd Sunday”

*Introit: “Salvation belongeth to our God” by James Kent (c. 1700-1776)

Psalm 23: Anglican Chant by Herbert Oakeley

Anthem: “The Lord is my shepherd” by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Communion motet: “These are they” by John Goss (1800-1880)

Hymns: 181 (St. Ethelwald), *645 (St. Columba), 343 (St. Agnes), 708 (Sicilian Mariners)

*11:00 service only

 

The Stanford is an old chestnut, a favorite for many.  I especially like the bit where the men of the choir sing with virile gusto, “Thou shalt prepare a table before me” followed by the absolutely winsome tune sung by the women to “But thy loving kindness and thy mercy…”  The Epistle is from Revelation, as one might be able to tell from the Introit and the Communion motet.

 

That’s it for this week.  I hope you all are in better health than me at the moment!

Tim

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Timothy J. Krueger

Choirmaster, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver

Artistic Director, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (professional)

Affiliate Music Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver

ANNOUNCEMENTS for the third Sunday of Easter, April 10, 2016

Calendar • April 10 to April 16, 2016

 Sunday, April 10

Easter 3

9:00 am     Holy Eucharist | Church

8:50 am    Godly Play |  Undercroft

9:00 am     TSE | Common Room

10:20 am   Lectionary Discussion Group | CR

11:00 am   Solemn Eucharist | Church

5:30 pm    Still Point

Monday, April 11

6:00 pm           EfM  |  Delzell Room

Thursday, April 14

5:45 pm           Evensong  |  Church

6:30 pm           ELF  |  All Locations

 

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

 

ELF: Interfaith Dialogue:  Muslim, Jewish, Christian

Join us to deepen knowledge, connection and practice in individual faith traditions, to strengthen understanding and true relationship among all Abrahamic faith traditions, and to touch the spirit that underlies them all. This five-week series will conclude with all three presenters in a panel discussion on May 5, 2016.

  • Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav: The founder of Wisdom House of Denver; April 14.
  • Monir Ludin: A leader in several Muslim and interfaith organizations promoting collaboration, communication, and interfaith dialog; April 21 and 28.
  • The Rev’d Elizabeth Marie Melchionna: Christian cleric and Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral; joining panel on May 5th.
  • For more information visit the ELF section of the St. Andrew’s website: https://www.standrewdenver.org/elf

Save the Date: All Our Exploring

Our Season of Renewal begins Sunday, May 1 at 5:30pm
This summer we invite the entire parish community into a season of renewal, where, through a series of special events, we will reconnect with sources of meaning that have sustained this community for a hundred years and more — while having some fun! Meanwhile, the rector will be on sabbatical.

Join us May 1, at 5:30 pm, for a “lessons and carols” service called “All Our Exploring.” Afterwards, join us in the undercroft for a party. This will be a chance for Mother Elizabeth to tell us about her sabbatical journeys, for the group planning parish events to tell you what’s in store, and for Mother Melissa to tell you about plans for pastoral coverage.

This season of renewal for the parish is sponsored in its entirety by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Imago Divina: Musical Meditation for Connecting to The Divine, April 17

The next in our Imago Divina series connecting the arts to the Divine features Ann Martin, Sound Energy Practitioner, Sunday April 17, 5:30pm, in a transformative evening with Tibetan singing bowls.  Having the power to touch the Sacred in each of us, their sound and vibration lead the human heart and mind into heightened consciousness. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn:

The history of the singing bowls and how they are used today

  • The benefits of sound and vibration and the effects on mind, body and spirit
  • How to access connection with Spirit, and inspired intuition
  • How to improve focus and effectiveness of meditation/prayer

The evening will include meditations featuring both crystal and metal singing bowls, and conclude with dinner in the undercroft, where Ann Martin will participate in a Q&A. As thoughts of the day fall away, you can enter “the peace that passes all understanding” on the waves of resonance from the bowls.  When you leave, you will carry a higher vibration to greet your world!

On May 15, our Imago Divina series will conclude with the dance troupe Wonderbound highlighting the connection between movement and the Divine.

Mark your Calendar:  Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, April 24th at 4 :00 pm in the Church with a Reception to follow – tasty treats for all!!

Family Promise

It is once again our time to support the First Unitarian Church while they are hosting homeless families for the week of April 24th. We at St. Andrew’s will be responsible for dinner on Wednesday, April 27th and on Thursday, April 28th, Overnight on Thursday and breakfast on Saturday, April 30th morning.

Family Promise has expanded its services beyond their housing program. They have a mentor program for families that are housed, but need support to continue with financial planning, education and family help for day care/schooling. Last year, the program housed 73 families composed of 238 individuals. The percentage of families exiting with employment or in education program is 84%. Families moved into stable housing is 70% and 87% of families exiting with an improved financial condition. Family Promise has helped not only helped these individuals to find housing, but to move them into their home with a grant from U-Haul. They also have a grant for Rental Assistance of $65,000 that can help families.

The sign-up sheet will be on the Coffee table this Sunday, April 10th, so please check your calendars as to your availability. Thank you for considering this as a worthwhile volunteer position.  Any questions: Lynne Valentine, lkval@yahoo.com or call: 303 955 6911.

A Meal that Heals Cook Day: Saturday, April 30

A Meal that Heals is a pastoral ministry of the Community of Caring that responds to needs by providing a nourishing meal to individuals and families.  Our hope is that by offering a meal in the time of need like a surgery, illness, or childbirth, you can worry less about finding sustenance and more about renewal and refreshment.  Again, we are almost all out of meals!  Please join us in the Undercroft on Saturday, April 30 at 9:30am to enjoy cooking together to replenish our supplies.  We hope to create a number of dishes that we will freeze for future pastoral needs.

How can you be a Partner in Ministry for a Meal that Heals?  We are seeking: chefs, donations of food and supplies, and deliverers.  We invite you to pray about how you can partner in ministry with us.  If you have any questions or are interested in participating, email Barbara Day and Karen Mayes. We look forward to cooking together as a church community at the end of the month!

Enjoy the fresh air with a sense of accomplishment!

If you would like to help the parish, get a little exercise, and enjoy a little fresh air, consider being a part of the lawn mowing team here at St. Andrew’s this summer.  Last year there were five of us which meant we each mowed less than once a month.  The more the merrier.  Please call Reese Jameson at 303-753-1295 or send him an email at reesejameson@gmail.com.

Our new parish directory has been uploaded to the St. Andrew’s website!

What’s next? If we have your e-mail address you will soon receive notification of your login information for access to the directory (it is password protected!)  Watch for that e-mail from the software provider. If we don’t have your e-mail address and you don’t receive login information please send the email address to Jeff (Parish Administrator) at jeff@standrewdenver.org so that login information can be generated and sent to you.  Don’t have an e-mail address?  Call the office at 303-296-1712 to make arrangements.

Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to jeff@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday

for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.  Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry  – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 04/05/16

Ill/asked for prayers

Jean Allue, mother-in-law of Lynn Huber; Jennifer; Cynthia and Rebecca; Family of Leslie Manring; Ian; Tommy Timm; J.P.; Lu; baby Johnny and family; Judy; Angela; David; Lois; Diana; Shaun; Susan; Ron; Catherine; Health and strength for Bryon and Betty Jo Boyer; Fr. Dick Palmer; Jerry; Steve Kick; Ann Jesse.

 

Those who have died

The victims of the attacks in Belgium, and those who have died this week as victims of war, violence, natural disasters, abuse and neglect.

 

Those who mourn

The Rinehart family, and the families of those killed in the attacks in Belgium.

 

Please pray for

The family of Jean Allue; Frank, Lynn, Tim, and Kathy.

Ashley’s job search.

Noah and Alison, for a healthy pregnancy.

Lisa, for guidance in a new chapter in her life.

Mindfulness for Hannah.

Capt Brent Peterson and Ashley Peterson for safety and strength during his deployment.

The right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster.

Racial reconciliation everywhere, but especially in cities.

 

Tree of Life Prayers

Pray for those who have no one to pray with them or for them.

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 04/05/16

 

 

Ill/asked for prayers

Jean Allue, mother-in-law of Lynn Huber; Jennifer; Cynthia and Rebecca; Family of Leslie Manring; Ian; Tommy Timm; J.P.; Lu; baby Johnny and family; Judy; Angela; David; Lois; Diana; Shaun; Susan; Ron; Catherine; Health and strength for Bryon and Betty Jo Boyer; Fr. Dick Palmer; Jerry; Steve Kick; Ann Jesse.

 

Those who have died

The victims of the attacks in Belgium, and those who have died this week as victims of war, violence, natural disasters, abuse and neglect.

 

Those who mourn

The Rinehart family, and the families of those killed in the attacks in Belgium.

 

Please pray for

The family of Jean Allue; Frank, Lynn, Tim, and Kathy.

Ashley’s job search.

Noah and Alison, for a healthy pregnancy.

Lisa, for guidance in a new chapter in her life.

Mindfulness for Hannah.

Capt Brent Peterson and Ashley Peterson for safety and strength during his deployment.

The right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster.

Racial reconciliation everywhere, but especially in cities.

 

Tree of Life Prayers

Pray for those who have no one to pray with them or for them.

Musical Weekly April 4, 2016

Musical Weekly

4 April, 2016

In this issue:

·         SMCC/PMCCO Mozart Requiem This Weekend!

·         Supporting Our Colleagues (Response Requested!)

·         This Week (and last) at St. Andrew’s

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St. Martin’s Chamber Choir joins the Pro-Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Cynthia Katsarelis to perform Mozart’s peerless Requiem (Franz Beyer Fassung).  The choir is sounding fantastic; and knowing the PMCCO (who joined us in December for our Christmas Concerts), this will be a very dramatic and rewarding performance!  Mozart’s Ave verum corpus is also on the program – described by Maestra Katsarelis to me earlier today as a “sonic bath”!  Performances as found below:

 

·         Friday, April 8, 7:30pm, First Baptist Church, Denver (across from the State Capitol Bldg.)

·         Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm, First United Methodist Church, Boulder

 

Get tickets in advance from PMCCO at: http://www.promusicacolorado.org/.  This is going to be a fabulous concert!

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In a conversation recently with Christina Lynn-Craig, leader of Aster Women’s Chamber Choir, we were observing, and bemoaning the fact, that so few of us in the (let’s call it SCFD Tier 3) professional Denver arts scene get to performances of our colleagues.  And the reason, at least in my case, is not disinterest or territorialism, but having a life that’s too hectic to do much else.  I know for me and MB, when we get a free weekend evening (I can count these on my fingers in a year!), we jealously protect them for cherished quiet evenings at home (usually with a British mystery on Netflix).  Yet MB and I have also acknowledged that we feel guilty about getting to so few concerts put on by our friends and colleagues, like Frank Nowell and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra; Cynthia Katsarelis and the Pro-Musica Chamber Orchestra; David Rutherford and the Stratus Chamber Orchestra; Tom Morgan and Ars Nova; Joel Rinsema and Kantorei; Stephen Tappe and St. John’s Cathedral concerts; Brandon Mathews and the instrumental ensembles at MSU-Denver; and countless singers and instrumentalists who participate in other ensembles, or give recitals, and invite us to their performances.  (This also, I must add, includes the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, the Denver Center Theatre, the Denver Friends of Chamber Music, Colorado Chamber Players, etc., etc., etc. We rarely get to one of these performances, either!)

 

We then posited the following question to each other:  What might be a way to encourage more of this sort of thing?  How could this be facilitated?  What might persuade more of us to attend each other’s concerts?  What vehicle might be the most effective way of encouraging this?  Would there be a way to generate positive energy towards many of us making a commitment to attend at least one performance a quarter of a colleague or peer ensemble?  Would there be value in doing this periodically in groups?  And what might the positive results of this be, in terms of cross-pollinating ideas, collaborations, programming, etc.?

 

So I’m opening the question to this list, which includes many of Denver’s performers (especially singers, but also instrumentalists), as well as musicians in other cities where the arts are as vibrant as they are here in Denver.  Your ideas/reflections are welcome.

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Having failed to get out a Musical Weekly last week (the reason being that I came down with a (not unusual) post-Easter cold that kept me out of the office for a couple days), I was not able to reflect on how well Holy Week went here at St. Andrew’s (despite the cancellation of the Tenebrae service due to a snow storm); nor to publish the music for Evensong last Thursday nor Sunday (the Second Sunday of Easter, sometimes ignominiously called “Low Sunday”).  If anyone’s interested, I’ll be glad to let them know what we did (it was Wood in C at Evensong, and Phillip Moore’s wonderful setting of O Filii et Filiae on Sunday morning).  Of note, we had to conclude yesterday’s 9:00am service a cappella, because the organ cut out part-way through the service.  Ralph, upon investigating, found that the air-intake to the blower had gotten clogged, preventing air from getting to the pipes.  It was rectified before the 11:00 service started.  Thank God it wasn’t something else, as I was seeing four- or five-figure dollar signs in my head for organ repairs!!

 

Anyway, here’s he music for this week’s Choral Evensong (first of the month, so it’s an octet with organ), as well as this coming Sunday (Easter 3):

 

April 7, 2016, Choral Evensong: Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia

Preces & Responses: Michael Gibson (2007)

Canticle of Light: “O gladsome light” by Alexander Archangelsky (1846-1924)

Psalm: 72, plainchant

Service: T. A. Walmisley (1814-1856) in D minor

Anthem: Cherubic Hymn #3 by P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Office Hymn: 569 (Russia)

 

Tikhon was the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church during the time of the Russian Revolution of the early 20th century.  In trying to work with the communists in retaining some semblance of an Orthodox Church in atheist Soviet Russia, he was seen negatively as an appeaser, too willing to compromise, by many Orthodox; but the Soviets still viewed him as a threat.  He was imprisoned by them in the 20’s and died in prison.  He was “sainted” by the Orthodox Church in 1989, and is now seen as having made the best of an impossible situation for his flock.  Hence, a heavily Russian program, together with that old chestnut (and yet a favorite of mine), Walmisley in D minor.

 

This Sunday will be an all-women Sunday for the choir, giving the men an extra day off after Holy Week.  Here’s the music I’ve planned as the festive season of Easter continues:
April 10, 2016, Easter 3

*Introit: “O God, make speed” by Timothy J. Krueger (2010)

Anthem: O sacrum convivium by Jean François Lalouette (1651-1728)

Sanctus: [Stanford/Krueger]

*Fraction Anthem: [Stanford/Krueger]

Communion motet: “At the Lamb’s High Feast we Sing” by F. W. Wadely (1882-1970)

Hymns: 535 (Paderborn), *460 (Hyrfydol), 306 (Sursum corda), 492 (Finnian)

*11:00 service only

 

The Introit is the opening response from Evensong, from my SSAA setting of the Preces & Responses that I use occasionally at single-gender Evensongs (it can be sung TTBB by transposing it down an octave [essentially just changing the clefs]).  The Lalouette is a lovely French Baroque item – lots of ornamentation and sequential interchanges between the voices.  And the Wadely is a unison anthem: at the 9:00 service we will be joined by the new up-and-coming St. Andrew’s children’s choir (directed by Micaëla Larsen-Brown) on verse 2.  Wadely was organist at Newcastle Cathedral, I believe, for many years, and wrote some rather simple but winsome music, like this lovely, forthright, tuneful anthem.

 

That’s all for this week.

 

Tim

Music Weekly April 4, 2016

Musical Weekly

4 April, 2016

In this issue:

·         SMCC/PMCCO Mozart Requiem This Weekend!

·         Supporting Our Colleagues

·         This Week (and last) at St. Andrew’s

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St. Martin’s Chamber Choir joins the Pro-Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Cynthia Katsarelis to perform Mozart’s peerless Requiem (Franz Beyer Fassung).  The choir is sounding fantastic; and knowing the PMCCO (who joined us in December for our Christmas Concerts), this will be a very dramatic and rewarding performance!  Mozart’s Ave verum corpus is also on the program – described by Maestra Katsarelis to me earlier today as a “sonic bath”!  Performances as found below:

 

·         Friday, April 8, 7:30pm, First Baptist Church, Denver (across from the State Capitol Bldg.)

·         Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm, First United Methodist Church, Boulder

 

Get tickets in advance from PMCCO at: http://www.promusicacolorado.org/.  This is going to be a fabulous concert!

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In a conversation recently with Christina Lynn-Craig, leader of Aster Women’s Chamber Choir, we were observing, and bemoaning the fact, that so few of us in the (let’s call it SCFD Tier 3) professional Denver arts scene get to performances of our colleagues.  And the reason, at least in my case, is not disinterest or territorialism, but having a life that’s too hectic to do much else.  I know for me and MB, when we get a free weekend evening (I can count these on my fingers in a year!), we jealously protect them for cherished quiet evenings at home (usually with a British mystery on Netflix).  Yet MB and I have also acknowledged that we feel guilty about getting to so few concerts put on by our friends and colleagues, like Frank Nowell and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra; Cynthia Katsarelis and the Pro-Musica Chamber Orchestra; David Rutherford and the Stratus Chamber Orchestra; Tom Morgan and Ars Nova; Joel Rinsema and Kantorei; Stephen Tappe and St. John’s Cathedral concerts; Brandon Mathews and the instrumental ensembles at MSU-Denver; and countless singers and instrumentalists who participate in other ensembles, or give recitals, and invite us to their performances.  (This also, I must add, includes the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, the Denver Center Theatre, the Denver Friends of Chamber Music, Colorado Chamber Players, etc., etc., etc. We rarely get to one of these performances, either!)

 

We then posited the following question to each other:  What might be a way to encourage more of this sort of thing?  How could this be facilitated?  What might persuade more of us to attend each other’s concerts?  What vehicle might be the most effective way of encouraging this?  Would there be a way to generate positive energy towards many of us making a commitment to attend at least one performance a quarter of a colleague or peer ensemble?  Would there be value in doing this periodically in groups?  And what might the positive results of this be, in terms of cross-pollinating ideas, collaborations, programming, etc.?

 

So I’m opening the question to this list, which includes many of Denver’s performers (especially singers, but also instrumentalists), as well as musicians in other cities where the arts are as vibrant as they are here in Denver.  Your ideas/reflections are welcome.

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Having failed to get out a Musical Weekly last week (the reason being that I came down with a (not unusual) post-Easter cold that kept me out of the office for a couple days), I was not able to reflect on how well Holy Week went here at St. Andrew’s (despite the cancellation of the Tenebrae service due to a snow storm); nor to publish the music for Evensong last Thursday nor Sunday (the Second Sunday of Easter, sometimes ignominiously called “Low Sunday”).  If anyone’s interested, I’ll be glad to let them know what we did (it was Wood in C at Evensong, and Phillip Moore’s wonderful setting of O Filii et Filiae on Sunday morning).  Of note, we had to conclude yesterday’s 9:00am service a cappella, because the organ cut out part-way through the service.  Ralph, upon investigating, found that the air-intake to the blower had gotten clogged, preventing air from getting to the pipes.  It was rectified before the 11:00 service started.  Thank God it wasn’t something else, as I was seeing four- or five-figure dollar signs in my head for organ repairs!!

 

Anyway, here’s he music for this week’s Choral Evensong (first of the month, so it’s an octet with organ), as well as this coming Sunday (Easter 3):

 

April 7, 2016, Choral Evensong: Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia

Preces & Responses: Michael Gibson (2007)

Canticle of Light: “O gladsome light” by Alexander Archangelsky (1846-1924)

Psalm: 72, plainchant

Service: T. A. Walmisley (1814-1856) in D minor

Anthem: Cherubic Hymn #3 by P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Office Hymn: 569 (Russia)

 

Tikhon was the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church during the time of the Russian Revolution of the early 20th century.  In trying to work with the communists in retaining some semblance of an Orthodox Church in atheist Soviet Russia, he was seen negatively as an appeaser, too willing to compromise, by many Orthodox; but the Soviets still viewed him as a threat.  He was imprisoned by them in the 20’s and died in prison.  He was “sainted” by the Orthodox Church in 1989, and is now seen as having made the best of an impossible situation for his flock.  Hence, a heavily Russian program, together with that old chestnut (and yet a favorite of mine), Walmisley in D minor.

 

This Sunday will be an all-women Sunday for the choir, giving the men an extra day off after Holy Week.  Here’s the music I’ve planned as the festive season of Easter continues:
April 10, 2016, Easter 3

*Introit: “O God, make speed” by Timothy J. Krueger (2010)

Anthem: O sacrum convivium by Jean François Lalouette (1651-1728)

Sanctus: [Stanford/Krueger]

*Fraction Anthem: [Stanford/Krueger]

Communion motet: “At the Lamb’s High Feast we Sing” by F. W. Wadely (1882-1970)

Hymns: 535 (Paderborn), *460 (Hyrfydol), 306 (Sursum corda), 492 (Finnian)

*11:00 service only

 

The Introit is the opening response from Evensong, from my SSAA setting of the Preces & Responses that I use occasionally at single-gender Evensongs (it can be sung TTBB by transposing it down an octave [essentially just changing the clefs]).  The Lalouette is a lovely French Baroque item – lots of ornamentation and sequential interchanges between the voices.  And the Wadely is a unison anthem: at the 9:00 service we will be joined by the new up-and-coming St. Andrew’s children’s choir (directed by Micaëla Larsen-Brown) on verse 2.  Wadely was organist at Newcastle Cathedral, I believe, for many years, and wrote some rather simple but winsome music, like this lovely, forthright, tuneful anthem.

 

That’s all for this week.

 

Tim

Announcements for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 3, 2016

 

ELF: Interfaith Dialogue: Muslim, Jewish, Christian
Join us to deepen knowledge, connection and practice in individual faith traditions, to strengthen understanding and true relationship among all Abrahamic faith traditions, and to touch the spirit that underlies them all. This five-week series will conclude with all three presenters in a panel discussion on May 5, 2016.
• Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav: The founder of Wisdom House of Denver; April 7 and 14.
• Monir Ludin: A leader in several Muslim and interfaith organizations promoting collaboration, communication, and interfaith dialog; April 21 and 28.
• The Rev’d Elizabeth Marie Melchionna: Christian cleric and Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral; joining panel on May 5th.
• For more information visit the ELF section of the St. Andrew’s website: https://www.standrewdenver.org/elf

Imago Divina: Musical Meditation for Connecting to The Divine, April 17
The next in our Imago Divina series connecting the arts to the Divine features Ann Martin, Sound Energy Practitioner, Sunday April 17, 5:30pm, in a transformative evening with Tibetan singing bowls. Having the power to touch the Sacred in each of us, their sound and vibration lead the human heart and mind into heightened consciousness. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn:

The history of the singing bowls and how they are used today
• The benefits of sound and vibration and the effects on mind, body and spirit
• How to access connection with Spirit, and inspired intuition
• How to improve focus and effectiveness of meditation/prayer
The evening will include meditations featuring both crystal and metal singing bowls, and conclude with dinner in the undercroft, where Ann Martin will participate in a Q&A. As thoughts of the day fall away, you can enter “the peace that passes all understanding” on the waves of resonance from the bowls. When you leave, you will carry a higher vibration to greet your world!

On May 15, our Imago Divina series will conclude with the dance troupe Wonderbound highlighting the connection between movement and the Divine.

Mark your Calendar: Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, April 24th at 4 :00 pm in the Church with a Reception to follow – tasty treats for all!!

Save the Date: All Our Exploring
Our Season of Renewal begins May 1
This summer we invite the entire parish community into a season of renewal, where, through a series of special events, we will reconnect with sources of meaning that have sustained this community for a hundred years and more — while having some fun! Meanwhile, the rector will be on sabbatical.

Join us May 1, at 5:30 pm, for a “lessons and carols” service called “All Our Exploring.” Afterwards, join us in the undercroft for a party. This will be a chance for Mother Elizabeth to tell us about her sabbatical journeys, for the group planning parish events to tell you what’s in store, and for Mother Melissa to tell you about plans for pastoral coverage.

This season of renewal for the parish is sponsored in its entirety by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.

St. Andrew’s Kids’ Choir
Thursday April 7th is the last evening of St. Andrew’s Kids’ Choir for the school year. We will meet 6:45 – 7:45 in the Common Room of the Parish House. The kids who attend that rehearsal are invited to sing the communion motet at the 9am service Sunday April 10th! All kids, ages 4 and up are welcome, even if it’s your first kids choir rehearsal! Come sing with us!

Enjoy the fresh air with a sense of accomplishment!
If you would like to help the parish, get a little exercise, and enjoy a little fresh air, consider being a part of the lawn mowing team here at St. Andrew’s this summer. Last year there were five of us which meant we each mowed less than once a month. The more the merrier. Please call Reese Jameson at 303-753-1295 or send him an email at reesejameson@gmail.com.

Pro Musica Colorado and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir in Mozart’s Requiem
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor, teams up with St. Martin’s in Mozart’s sublime Requiem. A musical miracle and mystery rolled into one. Mozart died while composing it, which music is Mozart’s and which is Sussmayr and other contributors? Miraculously, it is still a beautiful milestone of music. Soloists: Amanda Balestrieri, Leah Biesterfeld-Creek, Joseph Gaines, and David Farwig. Friday, April 8, at First Baptist Church of Denver; Saturday, April 9, at First United Methodist Church, Boulder. Concerts at 7:30pm, pre-concert talks at 6:30pm. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.promusicacolorado.org.

Our new parish directory has been uploaded to the St. Andrew’s website!
What’s next? If we have your e-mail address you will soon receive notification of your login information for access to the directory (it is password protected!) Watch for that e-mail from the software provider. If we don’t have your e-mail address and you don’t receive login information please send the email address to Jeff (Parish Administrator) at jeff@standrewdenver.org so that login information can be generated and sent to you. Don’t have an e-mail address? Call the office at 303-296-1712 to make arrangements.

In Person Contact: There will be times in April to make in-person contact following church services for extra assistance with profile details and photos. Watch for announcements.

New Calendar now available on the St. Andrew’s website!
A new and improved calendar has been uploaded to the website! It has some great interactive features which allow you to:
• Sort events by interest groups. For instance, trying to find the next event for the Flower Guild? Use the drop down menu to select only Flower Guild events on the calendar. No more looking through endless entries to find the one you want!
• Invite others to participate. Click on a calendar entry and send an email to invite someone to join the group or to attend the event!
• Send yourself an email reminder. Click on a calendar entry and send yourself a reminder email for the event!
There is also a “behind the scenes” tracking of room reservations to avoid overbooking the room! Yay!
Room reservation requests should be sent to jeff@standrewdenver.org

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Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to jeff@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday
for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.
Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org

April 1, 2016 News

April 1, 2016

ELF: Interfaith Dialogue:  Muslim, Jewish, Christian

Join us to deepen knowledge, connection and practice in individual faith traditions, to strengthen understanding and true relationship among all Abrahamic faith traditions, and to touch the spirit that underlies them all. This five-week series will conclude with all three presenters in a panel discussion on May 5, 2016.

·       Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav: The founder of Wisdom House of Denver; April 7 and 14.

·       Monir Ludin: A leader in several Muslim and interfaith organizations promoting collaboration, communication, and interfaith dialog; April 21 and 28.

·       The Rev’d Elizabeth Marie Melchionna: Christian cleric and Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral; joining panel on May 5th.

·       For more information visit the ELF section of the St. Andrew’s website:  https://www.standrewdenver.org/elf

 

Imago Divina: Musical Meditation for Connecting to The Divine, April 17

The next in our Imago Divina series connecting the arts to the Divine features Ann Martin, Sound Energy Practitioner, Sunday April 17, 5:30pm, in a transformative evening with Tibetan singing bowls.  Having the power to touch the Sacred in each of us, their sound and vibration lead the human heart and mind into heightened consciousness. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn:

 

The history of the singing bowls and how they are used today

·       The benefits of sound and vibration and the effects on mind, body and spirit

·       How to access connection with Spirit, and inspired intuition

·       How to improve focus and effectiveness of meditation/prayer

The evening will include meditations featuring both crystal and metal singing bowls, and conclude with dinner in the undercroft, where Ann Martin will participate in a Q&A. As thoughts of the day fall away, you can enter “the peace that passes all understanding” on the waves of resonance from the bowls.  When you leave, you will carry a higher vibration to greet your world!

 

On May 15, our Imago Divina series will conclude with the dance troupe Wonderbound highlighting the connection between movement and the Divine.

 

Mark your Calendar:  Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, April 24th at 4 :00 pm in the Church with a Reception to follow – tasty treats for all!!

 

Save the Date: All Our Exploring

Our Season of Renewal begins May 1
This summer we invite the entire parish community into a season of renewal, where, through a series of special events, we will reconnect with sources of meaning that have sustained this community for a hundred years and more — while having some fun! Meanwhile, the rector will be on sabbatical.

Join us May 1, at 5:30 pm, for a “lessons and carols” service called “All Our Exploring.” Afterwards, join us in the undercroft for a party. This will be a chance for Mother Elizabeth to tell us about her sabbatical journeys, for the group planning parish events to tell you what’s in store, and for Mother Melissa to tell you about plans for pastoral coverage.

This season of renewal for the parish is sponsored in its entirety by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.

 

St. Andrew’s Kids’ Choir

Thursday April 7th is the last evening of St. Andrew’s Kids’ Choir for the school year.  We will meet 6:45 – 7:45 in the Common Room of the Parish House.  The kids who attend that rehearsal are invited to sing the communion motet at the 9am service Sunday April 10th!  All kids, ages 4 and up are welcome, even if it’s your first kids choir rehearsal!  Come sing with us!

 

Enjoy the fresh air with a sense of accomplishment!

If you would like to help the parish, get a little exercise, and enjoy a little fresh air, consider being a part of the lawn mowing team here at St. Andrew’s this summer.  Last year there were five of us which meant we each mowed less than once a month.  The more the merrier.  Please call Reese Jameson at 303-753-1295 or send him an email at reesejameson@gmail.com.

 

Pro Musica Colorado and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir in Mozart’s Requiem

Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor, teams up with St. Martin’s in Mozart’s sublime Requiem. A musical miracle and mystery rolled into one. Mozart died while composing it, which music is Mozart’s and which is Sussmayr and other contributors? Miraculously, it is still a beautiful milestone of music. Soloists: Amanda Balestrieri, Leah Biesterfeld-Creek, Joseph Gaines, and David Farwig. Friday, April 8, at First Baptist Church of Denver; Saturday, April 9, at First United Methodist Church, Boulder. Concerts at 7:30pm, pre-concert talks at 6:30pm. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.promusicacolorado.org.

 

Our new parish directory has been uploaded to the St. Andrew’s website!

What’s next? If we have your e-mail address you will soon receive notification of your login information for access to the directory (it is password protected!)  Watch for that e-mail from the software provider. If we don’t have your e-mail address and you don’t receive login information please send the email address to Jeff (Parish Administrator) at jeff@standrewdenver.org so that login information can be generated and sent to you.  Don’t have an e-mail address?  Call the office at 303-296-1712 to make arrangements.

 

In Person Contact:  There will be times in April to make in-person contact following church services for extra assistance with profile details and photos.  Watch for announcements.

 

New Calendar now available on the St. Andrew’s website!

A new and improved calendar has been uploaded to the website!  It has some great interactive features which allow you to:

Sort events by interest groups.  For instance, trying to find the next event for the Flower Guild?  Use the drop down menu to select only Flower Guild events on the calendar.  No more looking through endless entries to find the one you want!
Invite others to participate.  Click on a calendar entry and send an email to invite someone to join the group or to attend the event!
Send yourself an email reminder.  Click on a calendar entry and send yourself a reminder email for the event!
There is also a “behind the scenes” tracking of room reservations to avoid overbooking the room!  Yay!

Room reservation requests should be sent to jeff@standrewdenver.org

 

 

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Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to jeff@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday

for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.

Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 03/29/16

 

Ill/asked for prayers

Fr. Dick Palmer; Jerry; Steve Kick; Ann Jesse; Cynthia and Rebecca; Family of Leslie Manring; Ian; Tommy Timm; J.P.; Lu; baby Johnny and family; David;

Lois; Diana; Susan; Ron; Sam Ackerman; Catherine; Health and strength for Bryon and Betty Jo Boyer.

Those who have died

The victims of the attacks in Belgium, and those who have died this week as victims of war, violence, natural disasters, abuse and neglect.

Those who mourn

The Rinehart family, and the families of those killed in the attacks in Belgium.

Please pray for

Ashley’s job search.

Noah and Alison, for a healthy pregnancy.

Lisa, for guidance in a new chapter in her life.

Mindfulness for Hannah.

The refugees from the Middle East in Europe, and the countries in which they are residing, that compassion and security may be compatible.

Capt Brent Peterson and Ashley Peterson for safety and strength during his deployment.

The right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster.

Racial reconciliation everywhere, but especially in cities.

Tree of Life Prayers

Pray for those who have no one to pray with them or for them.

 

Announcements Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

Calendar • March 27 to April 2, 2016

Sunday, March 27
Easter Day
9:00 am Holy Eucharist | Church
11:00 am Solemn Eucharist | Church
5:30 pm There is no Still Point service this evening

Monday, March 28
Parish Office Closed
Thursday, March 31
5:45 pm Evensong
There is no ELF program this evening

This Week’s News in Brief
For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”
To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

To Our Visitors — Welcome to St. Andrew’s!
If you are visiting with us today, please know that we are honored and delighted that you have chosen to mark this joyous festival day with us. We have many visitors, family, and friends who join us at Easter and Christmas, and we want to make you welcome whenever you choose to be among us. Please join in our liturgy as you feel comfortable — and know that your presence is a gift to us.

Our new parish directory has been uploaded to the St. Andrew’s website!
What’s next? If we have your e-mail address you will soon receive notification of your login information for access to the directory (it is password protected!) Watch for that e-mail from the software provider. If we don’t have your e-mail address and you don’t receive login information please send the email address to Jeff (Parish Administrator) at jeff@standrewdenver.org so that login information can be generated and sent to you. Don’t have an e-mail address? Call the office at 303-296-1712 to make arrangements.

In Person Contact: There will be times in April to make in-person contact following church services for extra assistance with profile details and photos. Watch for announcements.

Here are just a few Directory Highlights

• Allows you access from your desktop computer, laptop, or smart phone! Anytime!
• Each member will have an individual profile and be a part of a family profile!
• Allows you to update your personal profile and family profile any time there is a change
• Allows you to upload pictures for your profile
• There are multiple ways to search for individuals and families
• Groups can be formed to create a “roster” of participants
• The clergy and staff are all on one easy-access section of the directory
• Members can print individual profiles, group profiles, or the entire directory at home!

New Calendar now available on the St. Andrew’s website!
A new and improved calendar has been uploaded to the website! It has some great interactive features which allow you to:

• Sort events by interest groups. For instance, trying to find the next event for the Flower Guild? Use the drop down menu to select only Flower Guild events on the calendar. No more looking through endless entries to find the one you want!
• Invite others to participate. Click on a calendar entry and send an email to invite someone to join the group or to attend the event!
• Send yourself an email reminder. Click on a calendar entry and send yourself a reminder email for the event!

There is also a “behind the scenes” tracking of room reservations to avoid overbooking the room! Yay!
Room reservation requests should be sent to jeff@standrewdenver.org
ELF: Interfaith Dialog: Muslim, Jewish, Christian
Join us to deepen knowledge, connection and practice in individual faith traditions, to strengthen understanding and true relationship among all Abrahamic faith traditions, and to touch the spirit that underlies them all. This five-week series will conclude with all three presenters in a panel discussion on May 5, 2016.
• Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav: The founder of Wisdom House of Denver; April 7 and 14.
• Imam Monir Ludin: A leader in several Muslim and interfaith organizations promoting collaboration, communication, and interfaith dialog; April 21 and 28.
• The Rev’d Elizabeth Marie Melchionna: Christian cleric and Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral; joining panel on May 5th.
• For more information visit the ELF section of the St. Andrew’s website: https://www.standrewdenver.org/elf

St. Andrew’s Kids’ Choir
Thursday April 7th is the last evening of St. Andrew’s Kids’ Choir for the school year. We will meet 6:45 – 7:45 in the Common Room of the Parish House. The kids who attend that rehearsal are invited to sing the communion motet at the 9am service Sunday April 10th! All kids, ages 4 and up are welcome, even if it’s your first kids choir rehearsal! Come sing with us!

Mark your Calendar: Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, April 24th at 4 :00 pm in the Church with a Reception to follow – tasty treats for all!!

Imago Divina: Musical Meditation for Connecting to The Divine, April 17
The next in our Imago Divina series connecting the arts to the Divine features Ann Martin, Sound Energy Practitioner, Sunday April 17, 5:30pm, in a transformative evening with Tibetan singing bowls. Having the power to touch the Sacred in each of us, their sound and vibration lead the human heart and mind into heightened consciousness. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn:

The history of the singing bowls and how they are used today
• The benefits of sound and vibration and the effects on mind, body and spirit
• How to access connection with Spirit, and inspired intuition
• How to improve focus and effectiveness of meditation/prayer
The evening will include meditations featuring both crystal and metal singing bowls, and conclude with dinner in the undercroft, where Ann Martin will participate in a Q&A. As thoughts of the day fall away, you can enter “the peace that passes all understanding” on the waves of resonance from the bowls. When you leave, you will carry a higher vibration to greet your world!
On May 15, our Imago Divina series will conclude with the dance troupe Wonderbound highlighting the connection between movement and the Divine.

Enjoy the fresh air with a sense of accomplishment!
If you would like to help the parish, get a little exercise, and enjoy a little fresh air, consider being a part of the lawn mowing team here at St. Andrew’s this summer. Last year there were five of us which meant we each mowed less than once a month. The more the merrier. Please call Reese Jameson at 303-753-1295 or send him an email at reesejameson@gmail.com.

Sesquicentennial of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
St. Andrew’s needs your help, and we’re giving you lots of time to offer it. In 2024, the parish will celebrate 150 years of St. Andrew’s/Trinity Memorial Church’s work in the community. To commemorate the milestone, St. Andrew’s plans to publish a multimedia history that will address the church’s place in Denver and Colorado history, parish leadership, music, social action, religious orders, and art. The seven-member steering committee members are: Richard DeTar, Judie James, Phyllis Kester, Jill Pollock (convener), Jay Thomas, Ralph Valentine and Frank Wilmot.

There are three ways for you to be part of this project:
• Look in your personal archives for anything relating to Trinity/St. Andrew’s, particularly from years preceding 2007; make a copy for the committee or loan it to us. We’ll take good care of it and attribute its use to you;
• Volunteer to conduct a specific line of research; we can help you get started; and,
• Recommend people within or outside St. Andrew’s from whom committee members should obtain oral histories, particularly those “carriers” of treasured memories. Notify, send materials to, or contact Jill Pollock at jillsnow46@aol.com or 303.801.8400.
Once a calendar quarter through 2021, the committee will publish a project status report and a short story from our history.
Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to jeff@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday
for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.
Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org