Music Post: Music Camp, Lyrica Sacra, and the Shira Boys Choir

I may be a Mennonite, but my tastes in music cover a wide range. You can tell so much about a culture by the music that flows from it, and I love exploring different cultures by listening to their music. Music posts also make me happy. And after discouraging days filled with doctor appointments, health issues, crutches, and frustrating news, I needed some cheering up. Hence…youtube! 🙂

I wanted to post some videos that encompass a variety of styles, and the first two are a throwback to the music camp I attended in Virgina this past June.

This is the choir I sang in which was directed by Brandon Mullet. This piece is entitled “Lead on Softly, Lord,” by Maxcine W. Posegate. Musically the piece is lovely, but the lyrics have been especially meaningful to me in light of a lot of things that have been happening in my life the past year, and looking ahead to the uncertainty of the future.

But I have to say that I think this one was my favorite to sing…:) This was the mass choir directed by Lyle Stutzman.

Last October I played with an Anabaptist Orchestra/Choir called Lyrica Sacra and we did the Jewish piece “Ose Shalom.” What could be better than an Anabaptist group doing a Jewish song! 🙂

Here is another one we did this spring entitled “Anthem for Easter.” This piece is especially intriguing because it was composed by a young Anabaptist composer, Douglas Byler. There are very few notable Anabaptist or Mennonite composers, so it is exciting to see stuff like this performed!

And last but not least, I can’t resist posting something by the Yeshiva Boys Choir! It’s quite different than the other pieces, but variety is the spice of life and I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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