Favorite concert audio samples:

The Gift to be Simple
Loch Lomond
My Lord What a Mornin'
Pilgrims Hymn
Prelude to Peace
She Moved Through the Fair
You are the New Day


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Spring Concert Series - April 2019

Bright Morning Stars

Bright Morning Stars, traditional Appalachian song arranged by Shawn Kirchner sets the tone for our spring concert of folk songs, sea shanties, Dickinson miniatures, and spirituals.

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 PM
Mason United Methodist Church
Saturay's concert includes Clover Park High School Choir

Sunday, April 7, 3:30 PM
Fox Island United Church of Christ
Fox Island

"Bright Morning Stars is among my favorite of American folksongs. I learned it from my college roommate during a road trip as we shared songs in turn - the old-fashioned way of passing time! I fell in love with it immediately and made everyone in the car sing it over and over again in harmony. I especially liked the way the song linked the beautiful, universal and "external" imagery of dawn and morning stars to the similar "internal" movements of renewal that we all also experience - "day a-braking in my soul." Years later I wrote this setting for chorus, soloist, and piano.

I did make one addition to the original lyrics. The original verses ask, in turn, "O where are our dear fathers? O where are our dear mothers?" I added a final verse, in which the long-departed "fathers" and "mothers" have a chance to ask, "O where are our dear children?" The response: "They're upon the earth a-dancing." I like the image of those who have passed on and those who are yet present upon the earth calling to each other "across eternity." - Shawn Kirchner

Bright morning stars are rising,
Bright morning stars are rising,
Bright morning stars are rising,
Day's a-breaking in my soul.

Oh, where are our dear fathers,
Day's a-breaking in my soul.
They are down in the valley praying,
Day's a breaking in my soul.

Oh, where are our dear mothers,
Day's a-breaking in my soul.
They have gone to heaven shouting,
Day's a-breaking in my soul.

Oh, where are our dear children,
Day's a breaking in my soul.
They're upon the earth a-dancing,
Day's a-breaking in my soul.

Bright morning stars are rising,
Day's a-breaking in my soul.

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 pm
Mason United Methodist Church
2710 N Madison Street
Tacoma, WA

Sunday, April 7, 2018, 3:30 pm
Fox Island United Church of Christ
726 6th Avenue Fi
Fox Island, WA

Program Selections:

  • Six Dickinson Miniatures, Schroyens -
    Summer from thee grant I may be
    Alter? When the hills do
    Heart, we will forget him!
    I took my power in my hand
    I died for beauty
  • Bright Morning Star, Kirchner
  • Ain-t a That Good News, Gibbs
  • Down By the Sally Gardens, Lantz, III
  • A Festival of Lanterns, Jennings
  • My Love is like a Red, Red Rose, Esenvalds
    and more...


    2019 Teatro Cora Voce!

    Dazzling Duets
    perfect pairings at the plaza

    May 18, 2019, 6:00 pm
    Temple Theatre
    (Landmark Convention Center)
    Tacoma, WA

    This is our 10th annual dinner, auction and show. Located at the Temple Theater, (Landmark Convention Center) we offer an evening of fine dining along with both a silent and live auction.  Our very own members, many who have years of experience in cabaret singing and musical theater, are the featured performers. 

    This is our major fund-raising event for the season. Over the past four seasons we have awarded over $50,000 to deserving school choral programs in the Puget Sound area through our scholarship program.

    More info...Event Page

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