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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...

05/09/2016

At 6:45 Saturday morning we found ourselves releasing "light sighs on 'ooo'" on the risers of the convention center stage, glimpsing thousands of soon-to-be filled seats spread before us. Our anticipation promoted focused...

05/05/2016

Practice, Lunch, Load & Leave

This morning Oasis arrived at New Haven Mennonite Church in Lititz once again to practice and prepare for our trip to Maine. Bass John Strickler led us in a strange airplane...

05/05/2016

Last night we held the fundraising event that we have been talking about. Thank you to each of you who who attended and helped to make this event successful!

The choir practiced hard and sang beautifully! I...

04/07/2016

Please join us for a memorable evening to benefit the

OASIS CHORALE

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

At six-thirty in the evening for Dinner and Music

Midway Reception Center
210 E Lexington Rd,...

12/31/2015

Here we are in the final hours of 2015. As we reflect back over the year we recognize the many blessings that we have been given!

In March we attended the REACH Conference where we presented a workshop on...

11/30/2015

Every so often our family gets a new music CD. The first time we put
the CD in the player is a moment charged with eagerness. Will this
music be rich and multi-layered , or will it be just popcorn? Both
...

09/16/2015

Here are some thoughts from director Wendell Nisley about how he chooses repertoire.

How do you choose your repertoire? A brief response is fairly simple, but the process of actually choosing a program...

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