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07/17/2017

After an exhilarating concert on Saturday night, the singers headed to their lodging places, grabbed a few winks, and then met Stan and the Melard bus at 8 AM. We had a short ride to Myerstown Mennonite Church, which...

07/16/2017

"Everybody smile!" Getting forty-one people into position for pictures is no small feat, but our photographer team was so capable and efficient that we were posed, shot, and finished before our smiles fell too flat....

07/15/2017

It's hard to believe we are almost done. The day started with the song, "Come, Let's Rejoice". It was accompanied by jack hammers from the construction work going on outside and thunderstorms which rumbled for the first...

07/15/2017

It's hard to believe we are almost done. The day started with the song, "Come, Let's Rejoice". It was accompanied by jack hammers from the construction work going on outside and thunderstorms which rumbled for the first...

07/14/2017

The day dawned with promise. Thankfully most of us were able to get somewhere near a full night's rest after getting into the Lancaster region on the bus the night before. We all made our separate ways to the the...

07/13/2017

No concert was scheduled today. The main achievement of the day was making our way from Russell, MA to Lancaster County, PA. Our wonderful hosts from Pioneer Valley Mennonite Fellowship fed us breakfast in their homes,...

07/12/2017

We started out bright and early from Rockland, ME with a 7:00 call time. Our hosts fed us well, several even sending food for the road as well. We bade farewell to this beautiful waterside church where the pastor's study...

07/11/2017

After an early call time, the bus wound its way through the eastern wooden highways to the coastal town of Rockland, Maine. We enjoyed a leisure morning, strolling streets, docks, and coastal walkways. The more...

07/09/2017

By morning, the sanguine mosquitoes had calmed down a bit, and the outside air was refreshing and cool, lacking humidity. Gathering from a sauna, the moonlit lake, and conversation with a parrot, the choir members arrived...

07/09/2017

No concert today! This morning we were treated to a lovely continental breakfast by our Emanuel Lutheran Church friends in Hartford, and loaded up for our next stop, Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. The Atlantic did not...

07/08/2017

It was a dark and stormy...morning, and we began it by dragging ourselves and our luggage through the pouring rain. We met at the school, got colored-coded tape for our luggage and uniforms, and loaded the bus. Most of...

07/06/2017

The day is dreary; our voices are weary, and yet the show must go on. We have now officially practiced all of our songs and are now anticipating our first concert this evening. All of the hard work we as a choir have put...

07/05/2017

Today the bass section surprised us all with their new matching shirts. Rehearsal began with stretching, back rubbings, and warming up our voices. We then worked on our first two pieces, "Alleluia Incantation" and "Come...

07/04/2017

Rehearsal for the Oasis Chorale 2017 tour started today. Friends old and new met at Ephrata Mennonite School at around 8:30 AM and a happy roar of conversation soon filled the classroom that we used to rehearse. At 9:00,...

07/15/2016

There are people who really get into the groove of Williamsburg, and quite easily it seems. I'm not one of them.

I do realize that the "groove" of Williamsburg for each person is colored by which particular...

07/12/2016

We asked some of the choir members to share their favorite moments of the trip so far. Here are their replies.

07/11/2016

On Saturday we traveled to Wagener, SC. When we arrived a the New Holland Mennonite Church in Wagener their children's choir was already there to rehearse with us and we jumped right in unloading the risers then headed...

07/09/2016

Tour! After a profitable morning practice and a lunch of delicious homemade pizza, we loaded the bus and embarked on our 2016 tour.

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07/06/2016

Today we spent the day recording the next Hymns of the Church album. Two years ago we recorded the first volume. Today we began the recording for Volume 2. We plan to continue recording tomorrow and Friday morning.

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07/05/2016

There is a sense of camaraderie and reconnecting as we assemble on the first morning of our summer tour. Greeting old friends is a great way to start our 2 week time together. It doesn't take long to settle down and get...

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