2nd Annual Choral Festival

What a Concert! 2nd Annual Community Choral Festival - March 6, 4:00 PM, United Congregational Church, Bridgeport

What a wonderful concert! Many thanks for participating. Approximately 650 attendees including our 200 singers in the choirs. Over $2,000 was raised after expenses for the Norma F. Pfriem Urban Outreach Initiatives launch. With the help of so many we have been able to raise awareness of this new outreach program.  

A special thank you to our guest conductors Connie Chase, Dr. Carolina Flores, Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, Frank Martignetti, and guest musicians David Harris, Dr. John Michniewicz, Galen Tate, Jeffrey Wood and Dr. Joe Utterback. We heard so many wonderful comments from our singers, choir directors and audience members on how much they got from the rehearsals and performance working with each of you. The choices of music  for the massed choir and the individual pieces illustrated the wonderful colors of our combined talents. Meg Williams, Traci Galla, Dr. John Michniewicz, Jan Gregory and Jonathan Berryman, thank you for preparing your individual choirs to perform too.

Enjoy the photos and video segments.

John Polo, Connie Chase, Dr. John Michniewicz, Rev. Sara D. Smith

Photo Gallery

YouTube Video Clips

Prelude — Variations on an Easter Theme, (John Rutter), Galen Tate, Jeffrey Wood, dual organists
Welcome, About Our Program, Rev. Sara D. Smith, John Polo, Constance Chase

Improvisation—Hymn to Joy, Dr. John Michniewicz, organist

*Processional Hymn— Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (see insert),(Ludwig Beethoven), Constance Chase, director; Dr. John Michniewicz, organist

Femina Melodia Drummers, Jan Gregory, director

Come, O Come, Our Voices Raise, (Alec Wyton), Frank Martignetti, director; Dr. John Michniewicz, organist

Psalm 150, (Cesar Franck), Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, director; Galen Tate, organist

*Bring Many Names (see insert), (Brian Wren), Dr. Carolina Flores, director; David Harris, organist

Light a Candle, (Marta Keen)— Norma Pfriem Children’s Choir, Delia Motavalli, Anika Vanderwal, duet; Traci Galla, director

Come Away to the Skies (Paul Halley) — United Congregational Church, Bridgeport, Allegra DeVita, soloist, Dr. John Michniewicz, director

Gloria (Guillaume Dufay) —Femina Melodia, Jan Gregory, director

*For The Healing of the Nation (see insert), (Henry Purcell), Frank Martignetti, director; Galen Tate, organist       

This Little Light of MineRev Sara Smith/Congregation

Message—Community of Hope, Rev. Sara D. Smith, Esq

Singing Hallelujah All Day (Eddie Robinson)Messiah Baptist Church, Bridgeport, Jonathan Berryman, director

Followers of the Lamb (Shaker Melody, arr. Robert Wetzler- Stratford Methodist Church, Rev. Meg Williams, director

Verleih uns Frieden (Grant Us Peace  -Felix Mendelssohn), Dr. Carolina Flores, director; Jeffrey Wood, organist

Verleih uns Frieden
gnädlich, Herr Gott, zu unsern Zeiten!

Lord, in thy mercy
grant us peace throughout all generations;

 Es ist doch ja kein
Andrer nich, Der für uns könnte streiten,

Thou art alone our
sword and shield, Lord who dost guide the nations.

 Denn du, unser Gott

Defend us, O God,
we pray thee.


Like A Mighty Stream (Moses Hogan), Constance Chase, director; Dr. Joe Utterback, pianist; Dr. John Michniewicz, organist

*Recessional HymnGod of the Ages (see insert  -George Warren), Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, director; Jeffrey Wood, organist 

 Postlude— Allegro assai Vivace from Sonata I (Felix Mendelssohn), Jeffrey Wood, organist


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