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  • We Have Had Singing

    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.  

    John Poettcker was director in those days. I was often the soprano soloist when one was required, the first time being the Laudamus Te from...

  • Reflections on Music in my Life

    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. I remember one who would reverently perform “O Holy Night” every Christmas. Even as a youngster it would give me goosebumps. There was also...

  • It's Never Too Early to Start

    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. It was interesting to me to read that around 26 weeks the baby is able to hear and recognize sounds...

  • What Makes the Swift Current Oratorio Choir Successful

    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? In no particular order, here are my top ten conclusions.

    1. Consistency - We know...
  • SCOC Home Rehearsal Recordings

    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.

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  • Why I Sing

    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. Mom’s voice was a beautiful mellow alto, while Dad ranged from tenor into a middle bass...

  • Remembrance Day

    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.

    Today, in any other year, I would be sitting on stage at the Comprehensive School in Swift Current with the Oratorio Choir. We would be preparing for...


Remembrance Day

  • Remembrance Day

    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.

    Today, in any other year, I would be sitting on stage at the Comprehensive School in Swift Current with the Oratorio Choir. We would be preparing for...


Anecdotes

  • We Have Had Singing

    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.  

    John Poettcker was director in those days. I was often the soprano soloist when one was required, the first time being the Laudamus Te from...

  • Reflections on Music in my Life

    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. I remember one who would reverently perform “O Holy Night” every Christmas. Even as a youngster it would give me goosebumps. There was also...

  • It's Never Too Early to Start

    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. It was interesting to me to read that around 26 weeks the baby is able to hear and recognize sounds...

  • Why I Sing

    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. Mom’s voice was a beautiful mellow alto, while Dad ranged from tenor into a middle bass...


History

  • We Have Had Singing

    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.  

    John Poettcker was director in those days. I was often the soprano soloist when one was required, the first time being the Laudamus Te from...