Music

Does Your Child Like to Sing?

The Maple Grove Children’s Choir is back in person!

Grades 1 – 6, no previous musical experience required!

Rehearsals take place every Thursday @ 6:30 PM

If interested, please contact Eran Rozen

at (905) 932 0634 

or

eranrozen2@gmail.com for more details

The Children’s Choir is an invaluable part of our services at MGUC

Chancel Choir Update

Please join Dr. Henry, Eran Rozen, and the Chancel Choir this year. We have started our practices every Thursday @ 7:15pm in the Sanctuary.

 We welcome all who are interested in singing, whether you can read music or not! We have fun learning and creating music together.

Give it a try! 

Sing Along – Hymns from  April 10 & Anthem

Here are Maple Grove’s Hymns from April 10, Palm Sunday, for your singalong pleasure. The choir is singing with you and the lyrics are on the screen. Plus, the anthem, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (Mozart, adapted Halpin) Bass – Peter Drake

  • Hosanna Loud Hosanna. VU 123
  • Ride On Ride On  VU 127
  • Lift High the Cross. VU 151
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Sing Along – Hymns from  April 3 & Anthem

Here are Maple Grove’s Hymns from April 3, for your singalong pleasure. The choir is singing with you and the lyrics are on the screen. Plus, the anthem, “Holy Ground” (Davis, arr. Dr Deborah Henry) Guitar: Pat McKee; Accordion: Mike Ware

  • God of Grace and God of Glory – VU 686
  • Let There Be Light – 679
  • O Day of Peace – 682
  • Holy Ground – Anthem – (Davis, arr. Dr Deborah Henry) MGUC Chancel Choir, Guitar: Pat McKee; Accordion: Mike Ware
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Sing Along – Hymns from  March 27 & Anthem

Here are Maple Grove’s Hymns from March 27, for your singalong pleasure. The choir is singing with you and the lyrics are on the screen. Plus, the anthem, “Lift Thine Eyes” (Mendelsson) with Laura McLaughlin, Carol Gilchrist, and Catharine Sadler.

  • As the Sun with Longer Journey – VU 111
  • Love is the Touch – MV 89
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say – VU626
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And the Anthem,

“Lift thine eyes” (Mendelssohn) with Laura McLaughlin, Carol Gilchrist, and Catharine Sadler

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Sing Along – Hymns from  March 20 & Anthem

Here are Maple Grove’s Hymns from March 20, for your singalong pleasure. The choir is singing with you and the lyrics are on the screen. Plus, the anthem, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, with Soprano, Catherine Sadler, for your listening pleasure.

  • Throughout These Lenten Days and Nights – VU 108
  • Jesus Christ is Waiting VU 117
  • Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery – VU 121
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And for your listening pleasure, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, with soprano, Catherine Sadler

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The Magic of MGUC Pandemic Music

During the pandemic, the wonderful music team at MGUC has continued to bring hymns, anthems, preludes and postludes to you every week. Here’s how:

Deborah selects the music and checks to make sure we have the copyright license to post the music online. Deborah forwards that information to Al Wheable who maintains the records and reports to the appropriate licensing groups. Al also responds to any copyright challenges from music posted online. 

Deborah packages the music and takes it to the home of choir president Carol Gilchrist for choir members to pick up from her front porch. Latterly the music has been uploaded to Google drive.  Carol is the wonderful point person who keeps multiple weekly communications winging between Deborah and choir members, keeping us all up-to-date.

Dr Deborah Henry, Music Director for Maple Grove United Church

Choir practices have been virtual, with only Deborah and Eran, and then Deborah and her brother-in-law, Ian Sadler, at the church. Deborah talks the choir members through each piece, then she conducts while Ian plays the accompaniment as we practice while muted in our homes. We cannot hear each other, and Deborah and Ian cannot hear us sing.

Deborah records practice tracks for each part to help us learn and puts them up on Google Drive. The choir members practice with the recordings during the week leading up to choir practice. When the choir is ready to record an anthem, a video is recorded of Ian playing the accompaniment and Deborah conducting. This is then uploaded to Google Drive. After much practice, and with many retakes, each choir member records his/her own part. This means that we listen to the accompaniment using headphones while watching the video of Deborah conducting on one device and record our own part on another device.

Audio only hymn accompaniments are also sent to choir members so they can sing and record the hymns for each service. It is impossible to guess how many hours each choir member spends weekly learning and recording music! We are blessed to have Deborah’s sister Catharine singing with the choir in her professional soprano voice. We send our recordings to Deborah who imports them into a software program where she aligns and balances multiple tracks.

Ian Sadler on the Maple Grove United Church organ

In addition to that, Ian and Catharine make video recordings of Ian playing our pre- and postludes in our sanctuary, and recordings of all the hymns with Ian playing the organ. Occasionally some of the handbell choir, the Belles, get together to practice and then make a video of their piece. Oh yes, and Mike Ware on his accordion, Pat McKee on guitar, Ron McKee on his trumpet, and Patty Wanless on drums sometimes record extra embellishments to our pieces, which Deborah incorporates with the singing.

All of the music gets sent to Joan Vinall-Cox, and sometimes Al Wheable and JC Berubé, who use their talents, skills and dedication to put it all together with the rest of the services they have recorded in the sanctuary.

And voila!

You have a service filled with music prepared lovingly for you by Dr. Deborah Henry, our amazing Director of Music, and your bell and chancel choirs and accompanists. We hope it adds to your pleasure and your spiritual life.

Cathy Dodge Smith

Examples of the Maple Grove Choir’s accomplishment:
– Gabriel Fauré’s Sanctus – including an onscreen English translation of the Latin lyrics
– Mozart’s Laudate dominum – Soprano-Catharine Sadler – also including an onscreen English translation of the Latin lyrics

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For more of the choir’s singing, check out the Singalong posts: https://maplegroveunitedchurch.org/sing-along-hymns-from-march-13/

Sing Along – Hymns from  March 13

Here are Maple Grove’s Hymns from March 13, for your singalong pleasure. The choir is singing with you and the lyrics are on the screen.

  • O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing – VU 326
  • Long Before the Night – VU 282
  • Be Thou My Vision – VU 642
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Sing Along – Hymns from  March 6

Here are Maple Grove’s Hymns from March 6, for your singalong pleasure. The choir is singing with you and the lyrics are on the screen.

  • O God How We Have Wandered – VU 112
  • God Whose Almighty Word – VU 313
  • We Shall Go Out With Hope of Resurrection – VU 586
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Sing Along – Hymns from February 27

Here are Maple Grove’s Hymns from February 27, for your singalong pleasure. The choir is singing with you and the lyrics are on the screen.

  • How Good, Lord, to Be HereVU 103
  • Rejoice the Lord is KingVU 213
  • Christ Whose Glory Fills the SkiesVU 336
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