Music and Choir

Catherine Massey
Catherine Massey

Music Notes

Our choir recently sang again Jason Shelton’s setting of “Sawabona,” a traditional Zulu greeting.  It essentially means “I see you,” and the response is “Sikhona,” meaning “I Am Here.” We are all connected, as indicated by the Zulu word “ubuntu”—“I am because we are.”

Being seen is a powerfully affirming action.  Our musicians who supported Rev. Xolani’s Installation service in early October deserve credit for their hard work and for what they contributed to this important event.  David Carlson organized a trio with himself and James Basler, Jr. on saxophone, and Scott McLaughlin on trombone to play his arrangement of a Haydn fanfare and the recessional hymn “Glory, Glory, Halleluiah.”  Laura Humphreys led the processional hymn “Siyahamba” on steel drum.  The choir outdid themselves with Mark Miller’s “Show Us How to Love.” Carol Blum and Roy Van der Aa beautifully sang “The Prayer.” And Mark Sukontarak enhanced the congregational hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” with flute.

It took a lot of practice, coordination and patience on everyone’s part to make this work, and I believe all who heard were very appreciative.  For their contributions I would therefore like to say, “Sawabona!”

Catherine A. Massey,
Director of Music
AUUMN Credentialed Music Leader