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Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:
Georgia Tech Chamber Choir: Fall Choral Concert

Georgia Tech School of Music Presents: Georgia Tech Chamber Choir: Fall Choral Concert

Sunday, November 14, 2021
3:00pm
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA

Jerry Ulrich, Conductor

Jingrui Zhang, Accompanist

A Diamond Choral Snapshot - 1946-2021

Georgia Tech Chamber Choir

Praise

Psalm 151 (2002/2005)

Jerry Ulrich
United States

Nate Dickey and Harry Shrager, trumpets; Colin McMenomy and Liam Bourque, trombones; Anish Vallabhaneni, tuba

Sorrow

Lamentations of Jeremiah Op. 44. (1946)

      1. O vos omnes qui transitis per viam

      2. Ego vir videns paupertatem meam

      3. Recordare Domine quid acciderit nobis

Alberto Ginastera
Argentina

Growing Old

Falling Leaves (2010 rev. 2021)

Jerry Ulrich
United States

Jaeyoung Choi, oboe

Remembering Youth

Only in Sleep (2010)

Ēriks Ešenvalds
Latvia

Emily Salmond, soprano and Noah Horton, baritone

Exultation

Gloria FP177 (1959)

      1. Gloria in excelsis Deo

      2. Laudamus te

      3. Domine Deus, Rex caelestis

      4. Domine Fili unigenite

      5. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei

      6. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris

Francis Poulenc
France

Lacey Shaffer, soprano, Joey Steele, tenor, Dr. Hannah Byun, organ

Prayer

Down in the River to Pray (2009)

North American Tune
arr. David L. Mennicke

 

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Texts and Translations

Psalm 151

Jerry Ulrich/6 Dec 2008

Praise God.
Praise God Within.
Praise God - all lands and tribes and tongues.
Praise the God of sky and sea
In every thing that Is
that Was, and Shall Be.

Praise the God of One
Spirit manifest
in creatures great and small.

of Beauty, Truth, and Love,
dwelling within
All.                        praise god…

Lamentations of Jeremiah

Book of Lamentations/Hebrew Bible

I

O all you who pass by the way, attend, and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow.
For he has made me a vintage, just as the Lord has spoken in the day of his furious anger.

See, O Lord, that I am in tribulation. My bowels have been disturbed,
my heart has been subverted within me, for I am filled with bitterness.
Outside, the sword puts to death, and at home there is a similar death.

For this I weep, and my eyes bring forth water.
For the consoler has been far away from me, changing my soul.
My sons have become lost, because the enemy has prevailed.

You shall pursue them in fury, and you shall destroy them under the heavens, O Lord.

II

I am a man watching my own poverty by the rod of his indignation.
He has driven me and led me into darkness, and not into light.

My skin and my flesh, he has made old; he has crushed my bones.
He has gathered me into darkness, like those who are forever dead.

Yet even when I cry out and beg, he excludes my prayer.

And I said, “My end and my hope from the Lord has perished.”

III

Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us. Consider and look kindly upon our disgrace.

Convert us, O Lord, to you, and we shall be converted. Renew our days, as from the beginning.
But you, O Lord, shall remain for eternity, your throne from generation to generation.

Falling Leaves

Jerry Ulrich/11 Apr 2002

Falling leaves
Transformed from green to an earthen hue;
Aspiring heavenward, now return to dust.
Vibrant; then receding --
Was summer not so long ago?
The forest ceiling yields to firmament,
And what was lush
Now seems barren.

Only in Sleep

Sara Teasdale

Only in sleep I see their faces,
Children I played with when I was a child,
Louise comes back with her brown hair braided,
Annie with ringlets warm and wild.
Only in sleep Time is forgotten --
What may have come to them, who can know?
Yet we played last night as long ago,
And the doll-house stood at the turn of the stair.
The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces,
I met their eyes and found them mild --
Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder,
And for them am I too a child?

Gloria

Latin Sung Mass Ordinary

Inclusive language adaption: Jerry Ulrich

I

Glory be to God in the highest. And on earth, peace, to all persons of good will.

II

We praise You; we bless You; we worship You; we glorify You.
We give thanks to You for Your great glory.

III

O Sovereign God, Heavenly Creator, God the Almighty.

IV

O Jesus Christ, the only begotten of God. Holy God, Lamb of God, Child of the Creator.
You take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
You take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.

V

You sit at the right hand of God, have mercy upon us. For You only art holy.
You only art God, You only are the most high, Jesus Christ.
Together with the Holy Ghost in the glory of God the Creator. Amen.

Organist Bio: Hyokyoung (Hannah) Byun

Dr. Hyokyoung (Hannah) Byun, organist – currently serves as Associate Music Director at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs, Georgia. From 2014 to August 2021, Ms. Byun served as Principal Organist at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle where she also conducted the UPC String Ensemble and completed her DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington. Before residing in Seattle, Ms. Byun studied Organ Performance at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany. In her native country of South Korea, Ms. Byun earned her Bachelor of Musical Arts with a major in Church Music (emphasis on organ performance) from the prestigious Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Ensemble Members

Soprano

Bethany Ponder* Industrial Engineering Grayson, GA
Claire Smith^ Industrial Design Decatur, GA
Emily Salmond Business Administration Roswell, GA
Jacqueline Cunningham Neuroscience Atlanta, GA
Kaitlin Evans Industrial Engineering New York, NY
Katherine Wehrenberg Industrial Engineering Chicago, IL
Kathryn Amstutz Neuroscience Alpharetta, GA
Lacey Shaffer Business Administration Atlanta, GA
Meghana Embar Business Administration Alpharetta, GA
Rachael Germany Biochemistry Alpharetta, GA
Tia Chacko Biology Marietta, GA

Alto

Abigail Jacobs*^ Mechanical Engineering Marietta, GA
Ananya Kansal Music Technology Marietta, GA
Brooke Nelson Public Policy Augusta, GA
Emma Johnson* Aerospace Engineering Woodbridge, VA
Jodi Camino History, Technology, and Society Fort Wayne, IN
Julia Grigni Computer Science Decatur, GA
Morgan Ziegelski Chem and Biomolecular Engineering Chicago, IL
Nealie Glasser Computer Science & Spanish Decatur, GA
Ollie Shinn Biology Charlotte, NC
Ore Amosu Neuroscience Fayetteville, GA
Savanna Panackal* Computer Science Grayson, GA

Tenor

Drake Munnicha Chemical Engineering Fayetteville, GA
Gabriel Jones Business Administration Columbus, GA
Hudson Moss Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Little Rock, AR
Jalen Borne* Chemistry Marietta, GA
Joseph Steele^ Music Technology Douglasville, GA
Owen Hammond-Lee Mathematics Decastur, GA
Reetesh Sudhakar Computer Science Portland, OR
Ryan Schoenberg Materials Science & Engineering Smithfield, GA
Tyler Peppenhorst Chemical Engineering Cumming, GA
Will Buxton Neuroscience Palo Alto, CA

Bass

Austin Cournoyer Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Atlanta, GA
Daniel Buckley Electrical Engineering Decatur, GA
Elijah Hibberts Lit, Media, and Communication Calhoun, GA
Elijah Shaw Mechanical Engineering Buford, GA
Jacob Blevins Mechanical Engineering Peachtree City, GA
Joey Homiller^ Aerospace Engineering Ball Ground, GA
Matthew Spencer Computer Science Atlanta, GA
Nic Lu Computer Science Shanghai, China
Noah Horton Electrical Engineering Macon, GA
Sameer Suri* Computer Science Portland, OR
Sims Kuester Psychology Atlanta, GA
Zhenhao Yang^ Electrical Engineering Shanghai, China

 

Denotes *Officer, ^Section Leader

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Program Notes

A Diamond Choral Snapshot – 1946-2021 is a sampler of music from the last 75 years, incorporating composers from three continents and texts from multiple sources spanning the centuries.

Psalm 151 is a nod to the Psalms, a book of the Old Testament composed of sacred songs, or of sacred poems meant to be sung. In the Hebrew Bible, Psalms (Psalter) begins the third and last section of the biblical canon, known as the Writings (Hebrew Ketuvim). Psalm 151 is an original text using 21st century inclusive language and a pantheistic/pan-religious approach to praise of the Higher Power.

The Lamentations of Jeremiah, is by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera; widely regarded as one of the most important and original South American composers of the 20th century. Exhilarating rhythmic energy, captivating lyricism and a hallucinatory atmosphere are some of the characteristics of his musical style. Ginastera is also fond of using Argentine folk and popular elements and introduces them in a very straight-forward manner. The Book of Lamentations is a poetic book of the Hebrew Bible composed by the Jewish prophet Jeremiah. The text mourns the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple in the 6th century BCE and reflects the theological view that what happened to Jerusalem was a deserved punishment, and that its destruction was instigated by their god for the communal sins of the people.

Falling Leaves is a poem written by the composer after a walk in the woods in December of 2008. The music utilizes a ‘falling motive’ in the voices.

Only in Sleep, by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds is a setting of the Pulitzer prize-winning poet Sara Teasdale 1884–1933. Ešenvalds’ haunting melody is an evocative and poignant reflection of the Teasdale poem.

Poulenc claimed that the idea for GLORIA began while he worked on his opera Dialogue of the Carmelites. He also said that the “Laudamus te” had been inspired by the sight of Benedictine monks playing soccer. Scored for soprano solo, large orchestra, and chorus, it is a setting of the Gloria text from the mass ordinary. One of Poulenc's most celebrated works, Poulenc divided the text into six movements.

Special Thanks!

Matthew Michael Brown, Director of Music, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Hannah Byun, organist

Jens Korndörfer, Director of Music, 1st Presbyterian Church Atlanta

Benjamin Diden, Director of Bands, Georgia Tech

Angeleen Slaughter, School of Music Administrative Operations Coordinator

Corissa James, School of Music Academic Program Manager

Pi Epsilon Phi, Choral Music Service Fraternity

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