The Michael O’Neal Singers will offer an online choral experience especially appropriate for the holiday season with The Hope of Christmas, a series of six recorded YouTube rehearsal sessions premiering at 8 p.m. EST on Monday evenings, November 9 – December 14. There is no charge for participation, although donations will be gratefully accepted to help cover music licensing costs and related expenses. All registered singers will receive links to marked scores, audio part-learning aids, and rehearsal suggestions. Music by Morten Lauridsen, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, John Williams, Craig Courtney, Dan Forrest, and Mack Wilberg will emphasize the joy and hope that is a central focus of the Christmas and Holiday Season, especially during these challenging times. This program includes the option to participate in an Virtual Audio Choir.
Prior experience with choral music is helpful, but not required.
Ability to watch videos via YouTube, download and view music scores, listen to audio files, and participate in Zoom sessions.
To participate in the optional Virtual Audio Choir: ability to record your voice and submit recorded audio via text, email attachment, or Dropbox/Google Drive/OneDrive link.
Registration is free, and is ongoing throughout the Christmas ONLINE program.
All are welcome!
(Donations to help cover our costs, such as music licensing and technical support, to provide this program are very much appreciated!)
The repertoire includes:
Ring Out Ye Crystal Spheres – Ralph Vaughan Williams
O Nata Lux – Morten Lauridsen
Three Holiday Songs from ‘Home Alone’ – John Williams
- Somewhere in My Memory
- Star of Bethlehem
- Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Festival Gloria – Craig Courtney
I Wish You Christmas – John Rutter
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing – Mack Wilberg
The First Noel – Dan Forrest
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol – John Rutter
Optional Virtual Audio Choir
I Saw Three Ships – John Frederick Hudson