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J. Aaron McDermid, Conductor

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Richte mich, Gott

(No. 2 from Drei Psalmen, Op. 78)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)

sung in


Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from deceitful and wicked men. You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet give thanks to him, my Savior and my God. -Psalm 43

The Lord is the Everlasting God

Kenneth Jennings (b. 1925)

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, who does not faint or grow weary; whose understanding is unsearchable. God gives power to the faint, and

strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted. But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Have you not heard? Have you not known? - Isaiah 40:28-31

My Soul Longs for You, O God Lost in the Night

Finnish Folk Melody arr. F. Melius Christiansen (1871-1955)

Lost in the night do the heathen yet languish, Longing for morning the darkness to vanquish, Plaintively heaving a sigh full of anguish: Oh, Christ is coming soon. Sorrowing brother, in darkness yet dwelling, Dawned hath the day of a radiance excelling, Death’s dreaded darkness forever dispelling: Lo, Christ is coming soon. Light o’er the land of the heathen is beaming, Rivers of life thru its deserts are streaming, Millions yet sigh for the savior’s redeeming: He is coming soon. one

Must he be vainly awaiting the morrow? Shall we no light and no comfort him borrow? Giving no heed to his burden of sorrow: Oh, will not day come soon? – Finnish, tr. Olav Lee

The Regions Infinite

(No. 3 from Visions of Heaven)

J. Aaron McDermid (b. 1974) O soul, thou pleasest me—I thee, Sailing these seas, or on the hills, or waking in the night, Thoughts, silent thoughts of Time and Space and Death, like waters flowing, Bear me, indeed, as through the regions infinite Whose air I breathe, whose ripples hear, Bath me O God in thee, I and my soul to range in range of thee. - Walt Whitman (Passage to India)

Sicut cervus desiderat sung in


Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-1594)

As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. - Psalm 42:1

City Called Heaven

Traditional Sorrow Song arr. Josephine Poelinitz (b. 1942)

I am a poor pilgrim of sorrow two

I’m left in this old wide world alone! I ain’t got no hope for tomorrow, Trying to make it, make heaven my home. Sometimes I’m tossed and I’m driven Lord, Sometimes I just don’t know which way to turn I heard of a city called heaven Trying to make it, make heaven my home.

20th Century Choral Masterworks Jerusalem

Egil Hovland (b. 1924)

Jerusalem, would that today you knew the things that make for peace! But no. From your eyes they now are hidden. For the days shall come upon you, when all your enemies will build up ramparts around you. Then they will encompass you, surrounding you on all sides, shall dash you and your children to the ground; Not one stone standing on another will you be left; Because you did not see that God in his mercy had come to you. Would that you only knew today, the things that make for peace! - Luke 19:42-44

Choral Concerto

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Sung in Russian

and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord. - Isaiah 30:29

I. Modorato Most holy and ever life-giving spirit, we pray to you: Source of strength and of comfort, fill our souls and hearts with undying hope. II. Poco piú mosso Death and all its darkness can no more confound us. III. Allegro For the things which were cast down now are raised to life anew in glory. Let us worship and praise the Lord, who creates life anew. - Kontakion on the Dormition of the Mother of God

The Peaceable Kingdom

Randall Thompson (1899 – 1984)

VII. Have Ye Not Known? Have ye not known? Have ye not heard? Hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? - Isaiah 40:21

VIII. Ye Shall Have a Song Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept;


African Sanctus African Sanctus is an unorthodox setting of the Latin Mass integrated with authentic traditional African music recorded by David Fanshawe on his journeys up the Nile River. The taped music from Egypt, Uganda, and Kenya is heard in counterpoint with the live choir. The work is composed in thirteen movements and reflects, geographically, Fanshawe’s crossshaped pilgrimage from the mediterranean to Lake Victoria, whereby Kyrie represents Cairo and Sanctus represents Northern Uganda. We will perform three movements.

African Sanctus

David Fanshawe (1942 – 2010)

I. African Sanctus Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts Heaven and earth are full Of thy glory Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes In the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


II. Kyrie: Call to Prayer Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.


“The Lord’s Prayer” is composed as a response and soothing song to the mother’s lament. - David Fanshawe

My setting of Kyrie was originally composed as a response to the Azan (Call to Prayer), which I had the honor of recording in the Muhammad Ali Mosque, on the Hill of the Citadel in Cairo. The Mu’azzin harmoniously sounds around the key of D-flat and is juxtaposed with the Kyrie, further emphasizing the musical relationships that do exist between the Muslim and Christian faiths; an affirmation of belief in the one God. - David Fanshawe

Folksongs, Hymns, and Spirituals

IX. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins As we forgive the sins of them who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory.

Thou Hidden Love of God

On the shores of Lake Kyoga, Uganda, I recorded a heart-rending Lamentation for a dead fisherman who had died of natural causes during the night. It was stiflingly hot in the papyrus hut where his wife and mother grieved: “Oh, my son! Oh, my son! Oh, what is this? Oh, my son!” As I stood looking down upon the body, the words of our Lord came into my mind.

Praise to the Lord

(to be selected from the following)

John Saw the Number

Traditional Spiritual arr. Robert Shaw and Alice Parker

German Chorale, 1539 arr. J. Aaron McDermid

I Wonder as I Wander

John Jacob Niles arr. J. Aaron McDermid

My Good Lord’s Done Been Here Traditional Spiritual arr. André J. Thomas (b. 1952)

German Chorale, 1668 arr. F. Melius Christiansen

Classroom Facts • 100 % of classes taught by faculty • No graduate or teaching assistants • Student to faculty ratio is 15:1 • 54 % of classes have 20 or fewer students • 92 % of students have a hands-on learning experience Student Body • 1,024 students representing 23 states and 10 countries • Integration of career preparation with liberal arts breadth

Jamestown College Established in 1883, Jamestown College is a four-year private, liberal arts college granting bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of science in nursing degrees. Jamestown College offers more than 40 areas of study. With the Jamestown College Journey to Success, emphasis is placed not only on preparing students academically in their chosen areas of study, but also on preparing students through an experience that is student-centered and integrates the liberal arts with sound professional programs. The Journey includes a four-year graduation guarantee and a guaranteed internship. Jamestown College is once again the only tier one baccalaureate college in North Dakota as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Jamestown College has also been named a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review. Jamestown College is more than a place for higher learning. It is also where students will meet the friends they’ll will treasure for the rest of their life. It is a place where the professors will challenge them to think for themselves and learn to look at situations in a whole new light. It is a place students will begin to find success. five

The Jamestown College Choir The Jamestown College Choir is the premier choral ensemble of Jamestown College. Over the past century, it has grown into a 65-voice ensemble that practices five days a week, presents an elaborate Christmas Concert each December, takes a ten-day tour in March, and sings for other various functions and events. The choir has distinguished itself in performances throughout the United States and Canada, and in nine tours of Europe. In 2010 the choir went on its first tour to the People’s Republic of China. As an organization of Jamestown College, the choir is committed to the liberal arts and development of the whole individual. Students from all academic disciplines participate in the choir. In order to achieve its mission, each member must demonstrate unwavering dedication to the musical goals through exemplary attendance, rehearsal discipline, and individual vocal development. The choir has received critical, as well as popular, acclaim. The Frankfurter Allemeine, one of Germany’s most influential newspapers, wrote “This group of sixty-five voices truly lives up to its reputation of possessing exuberance, energy, and musical excellence.” After a recent performance tour, Gilles J. Daziano, special assistant for cultural affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, wrote “I was extremely impressed with your concert at Notre Dame in Paris. Although for precisely twenty years now, I have been arranging numberless concerts at the Cathedral, I do not recall such enthusiasm ever on the part of any audience there. And the standing ovation that you were gratified with is most unusual in this country and in churches in particular.”


Music Enriches Campus Life Throughout its 125-year history, music has been a vital part of Jamestown College. Music has always played an important role at many events on the campus as well as performances in the Jamestown community, within the region, and in churches and auditoriums across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Jamestown College Department of Music promotes each student’s development and growth in a positive learning environment with the support of both students and faculty. As a music major at Jamestown College, students benefit from: • • • • •

Faculty who are dedicated to teaching and willing to work with students to have the best college experience Numerous performing ensembles involving students from all majors A commitment to excellence and high standards of performance Opportunities for community involvement A liberal arts foundation which allows students to adapt to many settings

An Outstanding Facility The $6.2 million, 41,000 square-foot Reiland Fine Arts Center is home to the music, theater, and art departments. DeNault Auditorium, with a seating capacity of approximately 700, is used for musical performances as well as for productions by the theater department and campus presentations.


Percussion, Percussion Methods; Instructor; M.M., Northern Illinois University. Jamestown Choir, Chapel Choir, Voice, Conducting, Choral Arranging, Choral Methods; Assistant Professor; D.M.A. candidate, University of Arizona. String Methods; Instructor; B.A., Minot State University. Piano; Instructor; B.A., Jamestown College. Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Woodwinds, Woodwind Methods, Conducting, Music Education; Associate Professor; D.M.A. candidate, Peabody Conservatory of Music. Strings; Instructor; M.M., Rice University. Voice; Instructor; M.M., Westminster Choir College. Department Chair, Voice, Music Theory, Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, and Performance Workshop; Professor; D.M.A., University of Colorado Boulder. Piano, Organ, Keyboard Pedagogy, Music History, Theory; Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa.


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Hundreds of years of music. Thousands of years of history. By Bill Heinzen ’10 Jamestown Choir Tour Manager, 2008-10 In May of 2010, the Jamestown College Choir embarked on a twelve-day tour of the People’s Republic of China. They laughed. They sang. They cried. They learned to use chopsticks and they learned Mandarin (not to mention a dash of Cantonese). They left one side of this planet and they returned on the other. Some were freshman, experiencing their first-ever choral tour. Others had just graduated, and knew this would be their last hurrah before life beckoned onward. The trip began shortly after Jamestown’s 2010 commencement ceremony. Many people outside of the choir didn’t know that, at the very last minute, the trip came precariously close to cancellation. One week prior to departure, Beijing officials and airline officials had a disagreement over landing times, resulting in all flights being postponed

until June. The staff at ACFEA Tour Consultants, however, pulled through and coordinated a new flight itinerary--giving the students the unique experience of flying a complete global circuit. They took Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi, UAE, and met a connecting flight to Beijing (their return flight would go from Hong Kong to Tokyo before reaching the US, completing the circuit on the way back). It might have been the long way around, but everyone was glad to take it.

Paulus’ Pilgrim’s Hymn, Eric Whitacre’s Water Night, and--in a slight bow towards the local culture--the Mongolian folk song Naiman Sharag (Eight Chestnut Horses). This concert, the first of four, left the audience clapping and cheering.

In Beijing, they visited the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace. They had their first concert at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Concert repertoire included such literature as Steven

Over the trip, the choir had numerous opportunities to eat the local food, and on their second night in Beijing they had a chance to try Peking duck (not to be confused with the North Dakota mallard). The following


day, they visited the Great Wall of China and stood at its peak; the climb was arduous but the view breathtaking. It was also here that one of the choir’s own went down on his knee and proposed to his now-fiancé. They finished their day with a trip to a jade carving factory and then climbed aboard an overnight train to Xi’an, one of China’s oldest cities and a centerpiece of the country’s history. They visited the Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum and then traveled to the Xi’an Conservatory Academic Hall for their second concert. While in Xi’an, they also had the opportunity to take an eight-mile bicycle

ride atop the city wall--a journey complete with excitement, laughter, pictures, pit stops, and even ice cream at the end for those who finished first. One cannot omit mention of the one and only Tony Lao (pronounced “how”), who was the choir’s local tour guide. Tony showed them the customs, he taught them the language, and he shared in their fun. His motto, It’s Easy if You Know Lao, came true time and again. To this day, choir students still perform the time honored Lao Roll Call: “Tooo the bus!” After Xi’an, the choir took a plane to Shanghai. Whereas Xi’an was the city of China’s past, Shanghai was the city of China’s future. At night, Shanghai’s futuristic architecture could be seen as sweeping, multi-colored cityscape stretching in all directions. Here, the choir visited the Shanghai Silk Factory, the Jade Buddha Temple, the Yu Garden, the City God Bazaar, and the Nanjing Pedestrian Street (the busiest shopping area in China). At night they attended a breathtaking, aweinspiring performance of the Shanghai Acrobats.

Here, the students also got to meet and interact with the student choir at Shanghai Normal University. After spending an afternoon of rehearsal together and also a dinner together, the two choirs performed a joint concert in the University’s auditorium. The following morning, they took a bus to the Shanghai airport and flew to Hong Kong. After an afternoon of sightseeing in the city, the students spent the early evening by the sea, relaxing in the sand and playing in the surf. They knew that here, their journey would soon come to a close, and they began to look towards its conclusion with both the excitement of going home and the regret that their adventures were almost over. They performed their last concert at the Hong Kong Baptist University and spent one final evening in the city. The following morning, they climbed aboard the bus and drove to the airport, where they said their goodbyes to the friends they had made and then prepared for the flight which would take them home. They flew through Tokyo and into Chicago before at last arriving at the

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Minneapolis airport. There they met Gary, the Nodak Tour Coach bus driver who has been their guide, chaperone, and driver on their U.S. spring tour year after year--so it was nothing but fitting that he should take them on this last leg, from the Twin Cities back to the Jamestown Campus. They had left as friends and returned as family; they had shared in experiences that would provide a lifetime of memories. In the Jamestown College Choir, you are one group of spirits, minds and voices dedicated to a sacred coral tradition. In the Jamestown College Choir, you can walk the Grand Canyon, you can ride to the top of the St Louis Arch, you can stand in Times Square, and you can see the world from the top of the Great Wall of China. But most of all, in the Jamestown College Choir, you can find your friends.


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Soprano I

Tenor I

Soprano II

Tenor II

Jessee Boyle,’13, Kensal, ND (mass communication) Rachel Douts,’11, Powers Lake, ND (music ed. & elementary ed.) * Lara Hermanson,’13, Jamestown, ND (music performance & psychology) Naomi Fagerlund,’12, Crookston, MN (nursing) Amy Frederiksen,’12, Ames, IA (psychology) ^! Alexis Barnick,’13, Jamestown, ND (music & elm. ed.) Amanda Hagen,’11, Epping, ND (religion/philosophy & vocal performance) + Kelsey Heitmann,’11, Harvey, ND (music ed.) # Jessica King,’11, St. Thomas, ND (business administration) $ Stephanie Olson,’11, Apple Valley, MN (communication. & spanish) Kelsey Rasmuson,’12, Minot, ND (french & elmentary ed.) Jenna Skeldum, ’12, Minot, ND (music ed.) *

Alto I

Murika Bauer,’12, Dickinson, ND (elementary ed.)= Terah Noethlich,’11, Hettinger, ND (fine arts, music) * Danika Moran,’12, Washburn, ND (elementary ed.) Caroline Ortman,’12, Harvey, ND (french & history ed.) Anne Schmaltz,’14, Rugby, ND (elementary ed.) Lexy Weber,’13, Britton, SD (music performance) @ Kim Weinand, ’12, Hazen, ND (lib. arts-business studies)

Alto II

Taylor Albrecht,’13, Wahpeton, ND (pre-engineering) Morgan Bossman,’12, Sturgis, SD (business administration) Caitlin Jensen,’12, Forest Lake, MN (psychology) Courtney Hanson,’12, Graettinger, IA (music education) Jennifer Nelson, ’11, Kenmare, ND (biochemistry) Alyssa Page,’12, Milbank, SD (religion/philosophy & communication) Samantha Riehl,’12, Raleigh, ND (accounting & vocal performance) *


* Section Leader @ Accompanist # President = Vice President $ Treasurer + Secretary ^ Social Chair ! Wardrobe

Austin Fitterer,’12, Flasher, ND (nursing) Randy Hunt,’12, Cando, ND (nursing) Beau Matthys,’14, Battle Lake, MN (music ed.) Jeffrey Prentice,’13, Bloomington, MN (music ed.)* Jordan Wolfe,’11, East Grand Forks, MN (music perf. & theatre)

Warren Abrahamson,’13, Malta, MT (communication) Brandon Bodien,’13, Becker, MN (communication) ^ W. Logan Caldwell,’13, Hettinger, ND (nursing & french) Noah Fisher,’13, Jamestown, ND (liberal arts) Bob Heinzen,’12, Grand Rapids, MN (music ed., accounting & financial planning)* Mitch Hansmeier,’13, Foley, MN (exercise science)


Brandon Gray,’13, Dickinson, ND (undecided) Austin Land,’11, Bismarck, ND (management information science) * Anthony McIntyre,’12, Jamestown, ND (english ed. & theater) Tommy Rockis,’14, Rosseau, MN (computer science) Andrew Ronan,’12, Jamestown, ND (management information science) Jordan Shive,’13, West Fargo, ND (marketing & communication) Joseph Wiowode,’13, Jamestown, ND (psychology)


Drew Boraas,’13, St. Paul, MN (nursing) Taylor Christianson, ’12, Cavalier, ND (english) Karl Haataja,’11, Fergus Falls, MN (music ed.) * Rhys Harries,’13, Bismarck, ND (history & english) Grayson Leder,’13, Missoula, MT (history & secondary ed.) Nick Maloney, ’12, East Grand Forks, MN (physical ed.) Nicholas Nelson,’14, Kenmare, ND (mathematics) Lars Ronnevik,’14, Fergus Falls, MN (criminal justice) Jacob Niemeier, ’12, Jamestown, ND (biochemistry) Zach Thorseth,’13, Fargo, ND (history ed.)

J. Aaron McDermid C o n d u c t o r Aaron McDermid is Director of Choral Activities at Jamestown College. In addition to conducting the Jamestown College Choir and the Chapel Choir, McDermid teaches voice, conducting, and other music classes. Prior to coming to Jamestown, McDermid was the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Assistant Conductor of the internationally acclaimed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, and Director of Choral Activities at Northfield High School in Northfield, Minnesota. Establishing a reputation as a composer of both challenging and accessible music, McDermid has written 17 commissioned works. Recent commissions have come from The National Lutheran Choir, Westminster Choir College, and The Dale Warland Singers. His choral works are published by Walton Music, Mark Foster Music, and MorningStar Press and are performed and recorded by collegiate and professional choirs, as well as church, civic, and high school choirs throughout the United States. McDermid’s compositions have also been performed at the American Choral Directors Association Division and National Conventions, by All-State choirs and many other festival groups, including the International Honor Choir in Berlin, Germany and the Australian National Choral Association Honor Choir in Melbourne, Austrailia. McDermid has received degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and the University of Michigan, and is currently finishing his doctorate in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona.


Tour Itinerary T h e

J a m e s t o w n

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C h o i r

Fargo, ND

Sunday, February 27, 11:00 am First Presbyterian Church 650 2nd Avenue N (701) 293-6331

Valley City, ND

Sunday, February 27, 4:00 pm Congregational United Church of Christ 217 4th Street NW (701) 845-1977

Irvine, CA

Sunday, March 6, 3:00 pm Concordia University Center 1530 Concordia West (949) 214-3418

Tustin, CA

Monday, March 7, 7:30 pm Red Hill Lutheran Church 13200 Red Hill Avenue (714) 544-3131

Tiburon, CA

6000 College Lane Jamestown, ND 58405 701.252.3467 |

Tuesday, March 8, 8:00 pm Westminster Presbyterian Church 240 Tiburon Boulevard (415) 383-5272

Modesto, CA

Thursday, March 10, 7:30 pm Trinity United Presbyterian Church 1600 Carver Road (209) 529-3228

Missoula, MT

Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm St. Paul Lutheran Church 202 Brooks Street (406) 549-4141

Billings, MT

Sunday, March 13, 7:30 pm First Presbyterian Church 2420 13th Street W (406) 252-3434

Bismarck, ND

Monday, March 14, 7:30 pm First Presbyterian Church 214 E Thayer Avenue (701) 223-6091

Jamestown, ND

Sunday, March 20, 2:00 pm Basilica of Saint James 622 1st Avenue S (701) 252-0119

JC Choir Tour 2011 program  

Jamestown College Choir 2011 West Coast Tour Program (now University of Jamestown)

JC Choir Tour 2011 program  

Jamestown College Choir 2011 West Coast Tour Program (now University of Jamestown)