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Music is an important part of Gloria Dei's spiritual life.
"Make a glorious noise"
These words are the not so unofficial motto of the members of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Episcopal Church. Shortly after Reverend David Rivers arrived in 1972 a choir spontaneously arose like a phoenix from ashes. At times it has numbered as many as 18 beautifully blending voices, and coupled with the exuberant congregation, heavenly music often resounded. Little wonder then that the time came when the pangs to do a "show" afflicted more than a few of the members. As luck would have it, we were blessed with a brilliant and eccentric choir director (Paul Fejko, www.fejko.com), a few congregants with professional theater experience and others who were just plain hams.
Throughout the 1990s, we produced musicals at Gloria Dei. The first was GodSpell, followed by Celebrate Life, Jesus Christ Superstar, Brother Mo' (as in Moses) and The Tale of David. The latter two productions are original works written by collaborations including John and Julie Rivers (children of our former rector, David Rivers), music director Paul Fejko, Gene Sweeney and Michael Boonie.
Since then times and demographics have changed. So also has music at Gloria Dei. In 2010, we purchased a three octave set of Malmark 'Hand Chimes'. The Gloria Dei Ringers rehearse Tuesday nights at 7pm in the church and perform one Sunday a month at the 11am service. If you might wish to join in, simply come on by - we will find a bell for you!
Lately we have been engaging professional instrumentalists and vocalists on an occasional basis as funding permits. Any and all who would like to contribute either funding or talent are welcome to contact music director Paul Fejko (firstname.lastname@example.org, 609/462-9000).
We've got a station on YouTube. Be sure to listen to Haiku, arranged by Paul Fejko. More clips featuring The Choir of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church coming soon! Click here to listen to Haiku (via YouTube) or click on the video below.
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