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09/03/2015

With so much media already available, why does one group among hundreds and thousands bother to record? Some of these songs are already recorded by other groups. The CD will reach a comparatively small group of people....

08/21/2015

Oasis Chorale’s Summer 2015 tour came… and went.  Memories, both profound and simple, return to gladden our mind.  

 

- The sculpting of the soul during the community effort of singing.  

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07/20/2015

Sunday morning found us at Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church, listening to an encouraging sermon on how we are pilgrims and strangers on the earth.  With all the traveling we've been doing the message had even more meaning.  ...

07/20/2015

We began the day at Sauder Concert hall once again, recording a couple of songs and then taking photographs of the 2015 choir.  The photographer asked for a song, so we broke into "Guide My Feet" and he happily clicked...

07/17/2015

This evening finds us happily settled into our wonderful Comfort Inn after our second day of recording. We began again at 9 this morning with warm-ups and then launched into where we left off yesterday. 'Twas a wonderful...

07/16/2015

Today began with breakfast in the lobby of the hotel.  Then we all jumped into our cars and drove to Goshen College.  After a long warm up we began our first recording session in...

07/16/2015

Wednesday, July 15th

Our day began with everyone meeting at Faith Mennonite at...

07/16/2015

The singers awoke this morning to the sound of rain pounding on the roof. They slowly trickled into the meeting place by 8:00 where they boarded the bus to travel to Wilfrid Laurier University for a morning workshop with...

07/14/2015

 After two enjoyable concerts on Sunday, we were all ready for a day off, and what a delightful day we had.

We began with a scrumptious breakfast at Schmidtsville, a lovely restaurant owned by the cousin of one of...

07/12/2015

Being able to stay with the same hosts for several nights is a luxury we are all thoroughly enjoying! In fact, it’s so agreeable at my host’s that I lingered over breakfast too long...

07/12/2015

Saturday 

The morning was spent at St. Jacob's Farmer's Market, enjoying the multi-cultural food, music, and goods. Sensory stimuli was at an all time high as we wound through the crowds amidst rows of vibrant...

07/12/2015

At 8:15 our hosts kindly returned us to the Leamington United Mennonite Church to meet our coach. We motored along the edge of Lake Erie for a while until we found a good place to stop and explore the lakeshore. Blue...

07/10/2015

After 2 full days of rehearsal, we shifted gears today, going on the road for the first time this tour and preparing for our first concert. We met at Sandy Ridge at 8:00 on a drizzly morning, meeting our driver Marvin...

07/08/2015

Today was a day of “second things”. We greeted each other with simple good-mornings this time (compared to the ebullient greetings of the first morning). We wore a proprietary air as we returned to the same chair as...

07/07/2015

The first day of the Oasis tour is behind us. We rehearsed all day long! I think that we are all tired and I think that we all feel blessed! We spent the day at Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church. The church is well equipped...

07/14/2014

Sunday morning found us preparing for a musical worship service with the believers at East Dunmore Christian Fellowship. This is the congregation where the Jonathan and Joyce Yoder family are members. Jonathan was our...

07/14/2014

Friday the 11th of July, we travelled to Comeragh Wilderness Camp, a therapeutic camp for lads. (http://wilderness.ie) We travelled in the bus to the closest drop point...

07/10/2014

In Drogheda the choir was warmly welcomed by the Presbyterian community. Their space was the newest Presbyterian Church building in Ireland. They had to build it because their community of faith is rapidly expanding....

07/08/2014

This morning we left our secluded Knockree Hostel by the Wicklow Way. The Wicklow Way is a narrow paved road, sufficient for 1 car width with passing places few and far between. We had an adventure navigating the bus...

07/08/2014

Last night's YMCA concert was west of Dublin city. A large poster outside the youth center had been announcing the arrival of our "American Gospel Choir" for several weeks. A rather informal evening, we sang to an...

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