Festival Chorus Music

FESTIVAL CHORUS

500th Reformation Music

Upcoming Events

  • September 16-October 1: Regional Rehearsals (See below for more information)
  • October 15: 500th Reformation Worship Service

Repertoire

Literature

  1. How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place (Brahms)
  2. Grant Us Thy Peace (Mendelssohn)
  3. We Shall Not Die, But Live (Hyslop)

Hymnody (Choir verses)

  1. Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
  2. Lord Keep Us Steadfast
  3. All Glory be to God Alone
  4. A Mighty Fortress

Downloadable Audio Files & Sheet Music

Performance works are available for personal rehearsal as both sheet music (.pdf) and audio music (.mp3) for download. Audio files will open in a new window. To save audio files to a personal playback device, in the new window, right click on the player and select “save audio as”.

“How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place”- J. Brahms

How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place (Sheet Music)

How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place-Full Choir (Audio)

How lovely is thy dwelling place-soprano (Audio)

How lovely is thy dwelling-alto (Audio)

“Grant Us Thy Peace”- F. Mendelssohn

Grant Us Thy Peace (Sheet Music)

Grant Us Thy Peace-Full Choir (Audio)

Grant Us Thy Peace-Soprano (Audio)

Grant Us Thy Peace-Alto (Audio)

“Dear Christians One and All, Rejoice” (Opening Hymn)

Dear Christians One and All Rejoice (Sheet Music)

Dear Christians One and All Rejoice (Audio)

Meet the Directors

Festival Chorus – Brian Altevogt

Dr. Altevogt serves as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choirs at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Dr. Altevogt directs the Concordia Choir and Women’s Chorus, coordinates voice instruction, and has taught a variety of courses in Music Education, Music History, and the Humanities. Concordia choral ensembles have been active under Dr. Altevogt’s leadership, singing in
collaborative concerts and touring throughout the United States and Germany.

Regional Rehearsals

In addition to preparing music through church choir rehearsals, regional rehearsals have been arranged. These events may be will the opportunity for singers across the region to collaborate prior to the final rehearsal on October 15. Music Directors across the district have graciously offered to host these rehearsals and dates/locations are listed below. At this point, we are still in the process of determining specific start times.  Each singer is encouraged to attend the most convenient regional rehearsal. Please take the time to register using the link below.

Rehearsal dates/locations
9/16 Saturday — St. John, Fraser (10a-noon) Map
9/17 Sunday — Immanuel, Grand Rapids (3p-5p) Map
9/23 Saturday — St. Lorenz, Frankenmuth (10a-noon) Map
9/24 Sunday — Our Savior, Lansing (3p-5p) Map
9/24 Sunday — St. Paul, Trenton (3p-5p) Map
9/30 Saturday — Christ our Savior, Livonia (10a-noon) Map
9/30 Saturday — Immanuel, Bay City (10a-noon) Map
10/1 Sunday — Emmanuel, Cadillac (3p-5p) Map

10/7 Saturday – Concordia, Ann Arbor (10a-noon) Map

Register for Regional Rehearsals

Frequently Asked Questions

What will we sing?

The Festival Choir will sing three anthems during the worship service in addition to assisting on the hymns. The singing will be accompanied by organ and chamber orchestra. Most of the hymns are settings by Martin Luther, where he composed the text, the tune, or both.

Where will we sit?

We have a designated seating area on thesouth end of the lower concourse of the Breslin Center. The orchestra will be right beneath us!

How should we prepare?

In addition to preparing through church choir rehearsals, regional rehearsals are being arranged in Fraser, Grand Rapids, Cadillac, Trenton, Livonia, Frankenmuth, Bay City, and Lansing. Each site will hold one rehearsal mid-to-late September; we would like each singer to attend one of these rehearsals. We are in the process of confirming specific dates and times, and we’ll send these to you once this schedule is complete.

What happens on the day of the Worship Event—October 15?

The Festival Choir rehearsal will run from 1-2:30 p.m. with orchestra. Please plan to arrive to the Breslin Center by 12:30 p.m. so we can seat everyone and use our time together wisely. Though the service doesn’t begin until 5 p.m., we have a wonderful Honors Choir concert beginning at 4  p.m., and these groups will need time to warm-up and sing from 3-4 p.m. There will be displays and activities in the concourse, and food concessions will open at 2 p.m.

Do I need a ticket?

As a singer in the Festival Choir, you will not need a ticket for the event (and remember, you have the best seats in the house!!).

Where do I park?

Choir members are encouraged to park in the ramp southwest of the arena. A detailed map with parking will be made available in the coming days.

What do I do after I arrive?

The best place for the choir to enter the arena is the southwest entrance. Name badges will be passed out before you are guided to your seats.

What should I wear?

Women — white on top, black on bottom.                                                                                                                

Men — dark slacks, white dress shirt, long tie (or bow tie); jacket is optional.