Approximately 19 choir members gathered in the sanctuary of Peniel United Methodist Church Thursday evening to make a joyful noise during the Clay County Community Choir's (CCCC) first rehearsal.
This Easter season's selected repertoire includes all the songs from the "O What a Savior" cantata, by Russell Mauldin and Sue Smith in an arrangement by Ready to Sing.
"It has a message of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ," CCCC Director Lynne Nadolny told The Brazil Times. "The narration is excellent. It has songs that are slow, peppy and song that make you think."
The songs within the cantata familiar sacred songs including:
* "Our Great Savior Medley," with "O What a Savior," "Our Great Savior" and "Alleluia! Alleluia,"
* "Hail Jesus Medley," with "Victory Chant" and "Because We Believe,"
* "Something Beautiful,"
* "Embrace the Cross,"
* "Jesus Paid it All,"
* "He is Risen," and
* "That's Why We Praise Him with Alleluia! Alleluia!"
According to the piece's program notes, the cantata is approximately 30 minutes long, and Nadolny said there might be more music added at a later date.
Both Carolyn Thomas and Charlene Hauser are providing accompaniment for the CCCC.
Choir members said they expect about 30 members all together, and anyone interested is welcome to join.
The CCCC's performance schedule includes:
* Peniel UMC -- Palm Sunday, Apr. 1, at 6 p.m.,
* Poland Historical Church -- Monday, Apr. 2, at 7 p.m.,
* Cory Community Church -- Easter Sunday, Apr. 8, at 6 p.m.,
* Little Historical Church in Carbon -- Friday, Apr. 14, at 7 p.m.,
* With other possible performances to be added.
The group's next two rehearsals are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 9, at Peniel UMC and Thursday, Feb. 16, at Cory Community Church, both slated to begin at 7 p.m.