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Singers, come join the Methodist Festival Choir!

Jul 2013    

Flip the pages of MM on the go… anywhere!

METHODIST MESSAGE (MM) is now available in PDF format, which means it’ll be easier than ever to read MM on the go, wherever you are.

Plus, there’s the added bonus of flipping the pages of MM, with the new page-flipping software that can be accessed through your home desktop, laptop and Android devices. Just about the only platform that this won’t work is on your iOS devices – sorry about that, but we hope that Apple will get round this one day! Only devices that support Flash software will be able to use this feature.

Go to www.methodist.org, and click on the MM icon to the right of the home page. If you prefer to read selected articles in HTML format, these remain available.

New Principal for MSM

MR YEO TECK BENG has been appointed the Acting Principal of the Methodist School of Music (MSM) with effect from July 1, 2013.

Mr Yeo responded to God’s call to join the Christian music ministry after a long career in the fabrication industry.

He worships and serves at Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church, and is also Vice-Chairman (Liturgy) of the Chinese Annual Conference Board of Worship and Music.

CALLING ALL SINGERS interested in sacred music! Join the Methodist Festival Choir (MFC), a new choral entity starting in August 2013.

Christians (and in particular, Methodists) who are able to read musical notes, sing on pitch, and commit to most of the scheduled rehearsals are invited to sign up. Rehearsals will typically be held on Tuesdays from 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm at the Methodist Centre, 70 Barker Road.

Vocal placement sessions for assessment of vocal colour and range will take place on July 9 and July 16 (choose one) from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

Interested? Please contact Ms Alpia Carolasan or Ms Margaret Mok at 6767-5258 or email msm@msmusic.edu.sg

The debut season of the MFC will run from August 20 to the first week of December. The repertoire for 2013 will comprise Advent and Christmas anthems, to be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, organ and piano.

The MFC aims to provide a platform for fellow Methodists to sing together and to have fellowship and support one another in the music ministry. The choir will sing at major Methodist events and present at least one major public concert a year.

Organised by the Methodist School of Music (MSM), the choir will be conducted by Mrs Wong Lai Foon. Mrs Wong is known in the local music scene as the conductor of the Singapore Symphony Children’s Chorus. She is married to the Rev Dr Gordon Wong, the President of Trinity Annual Conference. Mrs Judith Laoyan-Mosomos, who heads the Church Music and Liturgy division at MSM, will serve as the Artistic Director.

The idea for the choral project is in fact not entirely new, and may be seen as a regeneration of the defunct United Methodist Choir (UMC) from the 1980s. The UMC was headed by Mr William Zimmerman, and began life as a college choir made up of students at Trinity Theological College. Its reputation soon attracted Methodists from within the community, and as

an expanded ensemble, the UMC performed sacred music in the public arena such as the Victoria Concert Hall. The choir disbanded in the late 1980s upon Mr Zimmerman’s retirement and return to his homeland in the United States of America.

With choral tradition fast disappearing from our local churches, fellow Methodists now feel it timely to restore choral singing as an avenue for singing our faith, and to promote it as a form of community outreach.

 

Methodist School of Music pictures

The former United Methodist Choir started by Mr William Zimmerman in Singapore in the 1980s.

Dr Evelyn Lim is the Vice-Principal (Musical Arts) of the Methodist School of Music.

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