Harmonia Chorus “Choral Echoes” 2023

For my visitors here with an appreciation for choral music, this post is especially for you.

Recently I was able to move back into a true chamber choir experience.  My last two rounds of chamber choir work were somewhat stressed–one by a pandemic pause that became permanent, and the other by a toxic director. It took me a while to identify a group with which I might want to sing. I availed myself of an opportunity to join Seattle’s Harmonia Chorus for their first complete (or nearly complete) a capella (unaccompanied) concert. Though I had sung some of the program’s selections in the past, several were new to me. And every one of them was a delight to sing. I continue to be highly impressed by the work of Harmonia’s multi-talented music director William White.

“Choral Echoes” program notes provide more information. The selection list is below, and I’ve included the video of perhaps the most novel work on the program.


Harmonia Chorus
William White, conductor
Sheila Bristow, conductor and organ
Anjali Chudasama, conductor


Jake Runestad (*1986)
Nyon Nyon

Clara Schumann (1819–1896)
Drei Gemischte Chöre

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Vier Gesänge, Op. 17

John Tavener (1944–2013)
The Lamb

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30

— intermission —

Jacobus Gallus (1550–1591)
Ave Maria

Franz Biebl (1906–2001)
Ave Maria

Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
Hear My Prayer O Lord, Z. 15

William White (*1983)
O Clavis David

Stephen Paulus (1949–2014)
Pilgrims’ Hymn

Ken Burton (*1970)
A Prayer

Reena Esmail (*1983)

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