Chamber Singers had the wonderful opportunity this year to commission a piece of music from Michael Roberts. The entire choral program commissioned a work, “The Gift To Sing”, for our March choral concert that combined all 140 singers.
The piece “Our Names” has a text written by Harpreet Kaur (Chamber Singer and graduate of 2018), and we thought it fitting to use a student text to evoke the idea that each of us can and will always be remembered through the power of our names.
Timm Walker, Wayne Organ, and Contra Costa College were incredibly generous to allow Chamber Singers to do a professional level recording of Our Names, along with two other festival pieces (Sicut Cervus and Cloths of Heaven). The experience of sitting in a live acoustic recording room, playing with the room’s acoustics, and seeing the studio and recording manipulation techniques was an amazing educational experience for these young singers.
We are so thankful to Mike, Timm, and Wayne for all of their support — and to Harpreet for giving us this incredible gift of text!