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Dordt music department releases CD

September 20, 2007

Thy Majesty How Bright

The Dordt College Music Department, in cooperation with EarSay Studios and DiscMakers, has released its latest CD, featuring three musical ensembles from the 2006-2007 academic year.

“Thy Majesty How Bright” is now available for purchase at the Dordt College Bookstore, as well as online. The fall release is perfect for those looking ahead to holiday gift-giving.

This year’s CD is again a blend of instrumental music and choral music, with a bonus organ selection by Dr. Robert Horton, who recently won the Mikhail Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Russia.

Recordings were made by the various ensembles following national tours with the help of Scott Farragher, a professional engineer with EarSay Studios in Sioux Falls. Then the selection process began, to produce a maximum 80 minutes of CD play time (this year’s CD had less than a minute to spare).

“We try to choose selections that will have broad appeal, but also that show our ensembles at their finest, since these are also used as tools to let prospective students know the level of excellence for which we’re striving here in the Music Department,” commented Dr. Benjamin Kornelis, who directs three of the four vocal ensembles at Dordt College.

Kornelis said a title is usually drawn from either an instrumental title, or a significant line in one of the choral selections. This year’s title, “Thy Majesty How Bright,” is from the first track, “My God, How Wonderful Thou Art.”

After nearly a decade of annually producing CDs, they have streamlined the process somewhat, but it still entails a lot of behind the scenes work throughout the year. Music Department secretaries (Karen Rynders and Donna Brue) secure the rights and make sure royalties have been paid for the titles used, and for the past couple of years Dordt’s graphic designer, Jamin Ver Velde, has produced the CD jacket and label.

This year’s concert choir selections include “My God, How Wonderful Thou Art” (arr. René Clausen); “Ave Maria” (Robert Parsons); “The World’s Desire” (Eleanor Daley); “E' natu lu bambinellu” (Giuseppe Mignemi); “Child Of God” (Layton De Vries, arr. Dale Grotenhuis); “Unicornis Captivatur” (Ola Gjeilo); “Vamuvamba” (arr. Boniface Mganga); “Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord” (arr. Undine Smith Moore); The Log Driver’s Waltz” (arr. Ron Smail); and “My the Road Rise Up to Meet You” (Benjamin Kornelis).

Dr. Robert Horton’s organ selection is “Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141” (Dietrich Buxtehude).

Chamber Orchestra selections include “Sinfonia” and “Triumphal Chorus” (George Frederich Handel); “Frolicsome Finale” from “A Simple Symphony” (Benjamin Britten); “Intermezzo” from “L' Arlesienne Suite No. 2” and “Farandole” from “L' Arlesienne Suite No. 2” (Georges Bizet).

The Concert Band selections include “Overture to ‘Colas Breugnon’” (Dmitri Kabelevsky, trans. Donald Hunsberger); “Little English Girl” (David Della Cese); “Final Chorus” from “St. Matthew Passion” (Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Richard E. Thurston); and “Variants of a Shaped Note Tune” (Johnnie Vinson).

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