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Devotion: Christmas is Waiting

This devotion was shared by NLC soprano Kate Tripoli prior to rehearsal on November 4, 2014. 

CHRISTMAS IS WAITING: A POEM FOR ADVENT

Sacred Song, Sacred Space

 


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Devotion: Musical Metaphors

Special thanks to Michael Olsen, a tenor with the NLC, for this devotion from October 21, 2014.

I've heard of 2 musical metaphors for major life transitions:

1) Key changes.

If that's the case, my life will rival any contemporary Christian pop song, as I call them, with numerous and seemingly unnecessary key changes.

2) Symphony movements. (I kind of like this image a little better.) In that case I look forward to the next "Andante" movement to slow the pace of change.

Northern Voice Festival

NLC Produces Northern Voice Festival

The National Lutheran Choir has announced it will produce a month-long, state-wide festival of singing ensembles in a wide variety of styles from April 10-May 10, 2015. With significant support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the event will include two special Festival Days: Saturday, April 11 (on and around the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus) and Saturday, April 25 (downtown Saint Paul). 

Devotion: Into the presence of God

On September 23, 2014, long-time bass section member, Tim Sheie, shared this devotion prior to rehearsal. 

(addressing the Choir in American Sign Language):

A few of you know that I was teaching deaf students for ten years before my job changed and technology increased and things changed. ASL gives you the amazing ability to use phenomenally expressive language without any sound ... rich meaning without sound.

Devotion: A New Song Together

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, new and returning members of the National Lutheran Choir gathered for their first rehearsal of the 2014-15 season. Tenor section member, and Pastor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis, Joseph Crippen, led the devotion at the day-long retreat.

It is so good to be back together.

I think I remember a routine Bill Cosby used to have about when he was a kid, going out into the neighborhood at night, and humming a tune.  Because, if I remember right, he said “you need to have your music with you when the monsters are out.”

That’s what you all do for me.  I can sing just fine, but I can’t do by myself what we do together, not even close.  It’s not just that one person singing the tenor part doesn’t sound anything like this choir when we’re all together.  It’s deeper than that.  You sing with me, and I sing with you so we have our music when the monsters are out.  Because together the music we make is so much more powerful and life-changing.

Devotion: You Don't Have to Be Lutheran

The following devotion was shared by Tony Spain, a member of the National Lutheran Choir's tenor section, prior to one of the last rehearsals of the 2013-14 season. Tony describes his personal journey to find God and shares how the NLC is his "church."

This past weekend, I was down at Gustavus for an event and I was talking to someone who is planning to audition for NLC. He told me, “I was raised Lutheran, but I currently find myself in an unknown place when it comes to religion.” I told him that being Lutheran is not a requirement to sing in the choir. We have our tall handsome Catholics, and bright haired Presbyterians, and people who feel closer to God in a drum circle than in a pew. Then strangely, in a small bar in St. Peter, Minnesota, I found these words coming out of my mouth – describing my own faith journey and the integral part the National Lutheran Choir has played in that.

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