The Master’s College Chorale travelled to Biola University on Nov. 7 for the annual Biola Fest, joining seven other Christian choirs to help each other improve, according to Chorale Director Paul Plew.
The Master’s Chorale, with 59 members, has attended the festival since the mid 1970’s, Plew said.
Along with its own choir, Biola welcomed Point Loma Nazarene University Concert Choir, Fresno Pacific Concert Choir, La Sierra University Chamber Singers, Azuza Pacific University Chamber Singers and The Concordia University Choir, which all provided a variety of performances.
Each performance provided at least three musical selections, including pieces in Latin, Swahili and Irish. The festival ran for two hours.
“The Lord calls us to excellence,” said Chorale President Michael Jackson, urging the choir members to practice and preform their best.
The Masters Chorale preformed O Mary, Don’t You Weep arranged by Albert McNeil, and The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee by Jean Berger. Chorale ended with A Jubilant Song by Norman Dello Joio, which was an especially challenging piece, according to piano accompanist Ryan Krell.
“I think we sang at our highest level and I was very encouraged,” Plew said.
Adjudicator Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Washington, Seattle, provided comments on each choir’s performance without assigning placing or positions.
“It’s not like a lot of other festivals,” Plew said. “The whole deal is it’s a sharing … that’s the beauty of music: Music never loses.”
By Desiree Teichroeb