Wednesday, March 19, 2008

All Saints Choir Duo Preps For Chorale Concerts

All Saints Anglican Church choir members Rosalie McVay and Sheri Schafer are pulling double duty with their vocal cords these days.

As long-time members of the 70-voice Southern Crescent Chorale, McVay and Schafer are busy practicing for the March 30th Spivey Hall concert entitled “Norman Luboff’s Choral Legacy.”

The 3 p.m. concert will include many of Luboff’s most famous arrangements of folk songs, spirituals and pop music. Concert-goers will hear such favorites as “All My Trials,” “Whistle While You Work” and “Yellow Bird.” Later on May 17th at the Villages Amphitheater in Fayetteville, there will be a Chorale concert entitled “A New York State of Mind.”

“Participating in the Chorale has been a truly exhilarating experience.” Schafer said. “The director, Janice Folsom is amazing. The music is varied and challenging and the Chorale members are an extremely friendly, talented and supportive group.”

McVay and Schafer modestly try to downplay their roles in the Chorale because of the great depth and breath of talent in the group. But both McVay and Schafer are talented in their own right, having been involved with music since elementary school either playing instruments or singing in church choirs.

McVay, a veteran math teacher at Fayette County High School, said, “ The choir at All Saints is great. They are always willing to try new music, even very difficult stuff. Shannon Bryan, the director is talented and easy to work with. Father Michael Fry listens to us and our input about music for the services.”

Schafer agrees that singing in All Saints choir as well as in the Chorale is a labor of love. She said, “All Saints is my home away from home. It is a loving church family of God-fearing people who worship with enthusiasm and reverence.”

Others might think the two would wear themselves out with all their singing, but McVay and Schafer aren’t worried about that; they say they look forward to the next practice either at All Saints or with the Southern Crescent Chorale..
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