Music Newsletter: October 2022

Hello again!

October is a big month for music at Foothills! The Foothills Choir will sing this Sunday for the first time this year. The choir will be joined by our new choral accompanist, Hsin-Hsuan Lin, who will be at the piano during both services. Be sure to say hello after the service! This Sunday, we will also welcome back our Children’s Music Coordinator, Kara Shobe, in leading our Holiday Children’s Choir rehearsals.

Next week, you’re invited to sing in a one-rehearsal pick-up choir on Saturday afternoon, then sing in services on Sunday, 10/23. The services that week will tie into the Singing Revolution event we held in September: exploring peacemaking efforts around the globe and how we can be a part of them from our own community here in Fort Collins. If you are interested in exploring how music can be a part of peace and reconciliation efforts, I encourage you to attend! No musical experience is required––all are welcome!

Here are all the details for both the Pick-Up Choir and the Children’s Holiday Choir:

Global Peace & Justice Pick-up Choir
Rehearsal on Saturday, 10/22 from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Perform in services on Sunday, 10/23 (call time 7:30 a.m.)

Join our Music Director, Benjamin Hanson, for an exciting one-rehearsal musical opportunity! Participants in this pick-up choir will attend a single Saturday afternoon rehearsal to learn two songs which will be performed during services on Sunday, 10/23. These Sunday services will acknowledge peacemaking efforts around the globe, and how we can be a part of those efforts from our own community in Fort Collins. The Pickup Choir will learn a Ukrainian folk song which was arranged by an Estonian composer to raise awareness for the current conflict in Ukraine, as well as a stirring musical call for peace titled “I Choose Love,” by American composer Mark Miller (composer of “Draw the Circle Wide”).

All are welcome—no musical experience is required! This opportunity is open to anyone who wants to explore how music can be a part of non-violent protest and reconciliation efforts. Come join the choir to help make these services a moving experience for our entire community!

The rehearsal will take place in the sanctuary on Saturday, 10/22, from 1 to 3 p.m. Warmups before the service on Sunday, 10/23, begin at 7:30 a.m. Please contact for more information.

Holiday Children’s Choir Rehearsals Begin
Sundays from 9 to 9:50 a.m. beginning 10/16
Perform in services on Sunday, 12/18

This Sunday marks the return of the Holiday Children’s Choir! Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join our wonderful Children’s Music Coordinator, Kara Shobe, in singing together every Sunday morning from 9 to 9:50 AM. This is a great group to learn about singing, making music with others, playing musical games and building a spiritual practice through making music. The choir will perform in services on Sunday, December 18th.

Rehearsals begin Sunday October 16th, 9:00 am – 9:50 am and continue on all Sundays in November and December through December 18th. Please register here.

A Parent Circle will meet during the Children’s Holiday Choir rehearsal, offering parents a nice spot to gather and find community with other parents over a cup of coffee or tea. Attend the 10 a.m. service with Groups for kids right after choir rehearsal.

Benjamin Hanson, Music Director

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