St. Nicholas Choristers!

I don’t know if I have enough word to tell you how well you performed last night! One mother told me a woman near her had tears of joy. Do you realize you got a standing ovation? And I was very impressed by your behavior in the pews while waiting and then during the service. You were wonderful!

Now, there is a saying: “Don’t rest on your laurels.” It is a very wise piece of advice. Here is a little background:


The laurel wreath became associated with the god Apollo owing to the myth of Apollo and Daphne — who was turned into a laurel tree by her father when she tried to escape Apollo’s advances. The laurel wreath became his symbol. Later, victors at the Pythian games, which honored Apollo, were awarded laurel wreaths. The admonition more or less means, “Don’t think that because you’ve done well here you can just sit back and enjoy yourself in the future. You still have to work.”

And here is a bonus -- a great Halloween costume idea!

And here is a bonus — a great Halloween costume idea!

There are still things to improve, and more goals ahead, which can only be reached by continuing to work hard. It’s great to celebrate and rejoice in your accomplishments! But, to continue to accomplish our goals as a choir, we must keep working. We have Grandparent’s Day and masses ahead that we will need to prepare for, so we will continue to work hard and continue to improve each day. 🙂

Now, for some fun! This video has nothing to do with music, or music history, or theory, or anything choir-y. But it’s funny and is a great beginning to your Spooooooky Halloweeeeeeen season. And sometimes, we all just need a little funny.




Hello, all! Here are some recordings of Mass VIII to study. We will be singing this Wednesday for the Investiture Mass. I know most of you know it, but I thought I would include it anyway. It is very nice.



Agnus Dei

O How Amiable — Vaughan Williams

Here is a version of “O How Amiable” for you to study. There are a few versions on youtube. This one is a bit slow, but you can hear the parts pretty well. I like this piece to move along a bit more.


Tomorrow we will go to the Cathedral to be fitted for robes. We must do this quickly and efficiently for everyone to be fitted and be able to return back in time for lunch. See you then!

All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night — words

Hello choristers! Here are the words to the anthem for the Sept. 27th Interfaith Service. I know most of you have the first verse down pretty well, but we want all the verses to sound just as strong. (Remember there is a men’s verse after the first verse–I did not include it.)

All praise to Thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light;
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.

O may my soul on Thee repose,
And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close;
Sleep that shall me more vigorous make
To serve my God when I awake.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

We are coming along on schedule with the music for that program, so no worries there! We will see the music for the Investiture Mass in the next day or so. Keep up the good work! 🙂

Ave Maria — Lindley

I found a great video of the Ave Maria by Lindley. It was part of “The Joy of Music” series, a show hosted by Diane Bish, who is a great concert organist. The singers are from Gloucester Cathedral in England. The music starts at 40 seconds into the video, but you can watch those first 40 seconds to learn a bit about the cathedral. After the music, there is a funny moment between Diane and the boys–it’s pretty good, so watch until the end! 🙂


This is a really nice rendition, although I’m not sure if we’ll go that fast. Notice how beautifully unison the boys sound–we will keep working so our unison is this clean!

Have a great evening. 🙂

Today’s Comic

Just in case you didn’t see it on the board today…

Oh, you know you totally do this...heck, I totally do this!

Oh, you know you totally do this…heck, I totally do this!


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The Lord’s Prayer — Malotte (Andrew Maughan, tenor)

Hello, Choristers!  What a great rehearsal today!  The Rutter piece is coming along so nicely.  Tomorrow we will start “Ave Maria” by Lindley.  Then it’s the weekend!  Do you have any great plans?  

If you get a couple of minutes, listen to this setting of “The Lord’s Prayer.”  This is my son, Andrew Maughan.  I hope it touches your heart as much as it does mine.  


Have a great evening, and see you tomorrow!