2009 Program

Mennonite Youth Choir Festival
March 15, 2009

Guest Director: James Heiks
Accompanist: Angela Gingerich

Prelude
Ruthie Saunders

Hymn
Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing

Grades 3-5 Choir
O Lord you know me
Brother James’ Air
The earth is the Lord’s

Hymns
Lord, whose love in humble service
I heard the voice of Jesus say

Grades 6-8 Girls
Bist Du Bei Mir
Amazing Grace

Grades 6-8 Boys
Every time I feel the Spirit
My Lord what a morning

Grades 6-8 Combined Choir
Meditation-Oseh Shalom
Sit Down Servant

Hymn
Praise him, praise him

Recognitions

Combined Choirs
Together in unity
Come let us all unite to sing
There is more love somewhere
Yonder come day
The Lord lift you up

Closing

James Heiks, Guest Director
James Heiks returns to this festival for the second time.  He was a member of Goshen College’s music faculty from 2004-07 and now serves as Fine Arts Coordinator for the Appleton Public Schools. He is the founder of the Appleton Boychoir.  His choirs have performed in Russia, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Estonia, Norway, Mexico and Japan.  A student and colleague of Alice Parker, he is currently collaborating with her on her folk songbook series for children.  GIA Music published the first book, Alice Parker’s Hand-Me-Down Songs, in 2005.

Angela Gingerich, Accompanist
Angela Gingerich participated in this festival as a member of the choir for six years when she was in elementary and middle school.  A 2004 graduate of Bethany Christian High School, she is a senior piano performance major at Bethel College in Mishawaka, where she will graduate in May 2009.

Instrumentalists
Bass: Melissa McGregor
Viola: Roz Troiano
Oboe: Heidi Eash
Guitar: Gwen Gustafson-Zook
Flute: Laura Witczak
Guitar: Sadie Gustafson-Zook

2009 Festival Planning Committee
Rachel Brenneman, Lola Gingerich, Lorene Miller, Cheryl Snyder and
Jen Yoder