My Journey With SCOC
Arlie Neufeld • Nov 12, 2023
Where do I begin? My husband, Bob and I moved to Swift Current in August, 1974. We started attending St. Olaf Lutheran Church where it wasn’t long before I was one of the organists and started playing for the senior choir under the direction of Joyce Olesen.
SCOC Awarded at Provincial Level
Marcia McLean • Jun 13, 2023
The Swift Current Oratorio Choir, directed by Marcia Mclean, was recently awarded the Mary Anderson Memorial Choral Sacred Scholarship by the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. The choir just celebrated its 50th Anniversary and this is the first time that they have entered the provincial music festival.
Recap of Our 50th Anniversary Celebration
Marcia McLean • Apr 30, 2023
The 50th season of choral music was celebrated by the Swift Current Oratorio Choir on April 23 at Zion Mennonite Church. This concluded a season of rehearsals and a banquet for choir members before the dress rehearsal.
Marcia McLean • Apr 11, 2023
This song, “Come Home” by Donna Rhodenizer was performed at the SC Oratorio 2022 Christmas Concert. Photos of Saskatchewan were solicited from various photographers and compiled by choir member Tami Wall.
Some of Our Favourite Composers
Tara Christiansen • Nov 23, 2022
Over the years, we’ve sung repertoire by many famous composers. Those listed below are some of the ones of whom we’ve grown particularly fond over the years. Looking for some quality choral music to which to listen?
Canada Sings for the Ukraine
Marcia McLean • Sep 20, 2022
On September 24, many choirs across Canada will be raising their voices in song to help bring peace to the Ukraine. The goal is for all choirs, vocal groups and singing enthusiasts to sing simultaneously across Canada.
A New Season
Marcia McLean • Sep 4, 2022
September has arrived and so has the time to sing! The Swift Current Oratorio Choir fall session begins on Monday, September 12 and we invite all new and former singers to come out and make joyful sounds together!
A Season's End Message from Our President
Mark Anderson • Apr 27, 2022
First of all, a huge THANK YOU to everyone that sang with us this winter/spring/winter/winter/spring/winter/season. It was a difficult season for many reasons and the weather was our chief adversary. It seemed every Monday was winter storm day!
Happy New Year Everyone!
Mark Anderson • Jan 3, 2022
We were very fortunate to again begin rehearsals and singing as a choir for the fall session. It was wonderful to see old and new friends come together to make music and fellowship.
A Life of Choral Music
Marcia McLean • Sep 25, 2021
Singing has always been a constant in my life. I find it almost impossible to recall moments when I haven’t been singing in a choir or directing a choir. Choral singing is at the core of my being.
We Have Had Singing
Joyce Olesen • Aug 31, 2021
I have been a part of the Oratorio Choir for the better part of 50 years, starting in about 1974 after my third child was born. Monday nights have been a highlight ever since.
Reflections on Music in my Life
Claire Verret • Jun 16, 2021
Growing up Catholic in Swift Current in the 50s, I was not exposed to a lot of choral music—except in church. That was more congregational singing, but occasionally we had a priest with an excellent voice.
It's Never Too Early to Start
Jill Jahnke • Apr 13, 2021
Have you ever thought about the first time you heard music? I am 30 weeks pregnant and my husband and I have been reading a day-by-day pregnancy book that tells us what is developing with the baby as time progresses.
What Makes the Swift Current Oratorio Choir Successful
Jennifer Shygera • Feb 12, 2021
As we near the one-year mark of life without choir, I find myself reflecting on the reasons behind the success of our small-city community choir. What makes me confident that when we can again gather and sing, our longstanding choral organization will continue to function?
SCOC Home Rehearsal Recordings
Merle Nostbakken • Jan 18, 2021
Have you wondered who did the terrific job of mixing the recordings of individual parts made by select members of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir last fall? CHAD KETTERING of Dallas, Texas, volunteered to help us out by using his recording studio to mix and finalize each piece of music.
Why I Sing
Jessie Hanna • Dec 31, 2020
Music has always been a big part of my life. As a child I would listen to my Dad and Mom sing as we would take those slow Sunday drives to check out how the crops were doing, or just going to visit relatives.
Mark Anderson • Nov 11, 2020
Facebook, and I imagine, all the social media is busy with people sharing pictures and stories of their family members that served in the Armed Forces, some of them paying the ultimate sacrifice.