Choir News

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Back in Biz!

Both choirs are up and running strong with a few new members in each group. Looking forward to another amazing year of music as we journey onward with our new pastor, Father Michael Hanifen.

New Clips!

My last trip to Altadena was quite fruitful with new mixes on"The Sound of One Voice" and "Is There Anything Love Can't Carry". Along with the recently completed "Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled" they are the last three clips of the 8 song montage you can hear by clicking here.

We're coming down the home-stretch with our new CD! 'Just a few more studio days (and a few more dollars!) and we'll have this one in the bag, hopefully in time for Christmas sales.


Speaking of new CDs, you must pick up the new School Choir CD! 
At just $10.00 it's a great deal and you will love the performances turned in by our young singers. The production quality on all five songs is second to none. The songs are: Lean On Me, Give Jesus A Dwelling Place, Ave Verum Corpus, I'll Follow and He Ain't Heavy. You'll be quite blessed in hearing these recordings. (More info on the "Student Choir News" page. (Upper Left)



Latest Publication!

"Good and Faithful Servant" has been published and is now available from Oregon Catholic Press! Click on title to hear new mix! 

This is our 4th song published by OCP, and the 3rd song from the "I'll Follow" collection to make the publishing cut. "Good and Faithful Servant" has been distributed in OCPs' choral packet #75 making it known and available to choirs everywhere in the English speaking world. Hopefully we will continue to receive good news like this on others works that serve our parish well.

To all who attended our "Adopt-A-Song" concert, thanks for a great evening!!!
If you missed it, YOU MISSED IT!

You can still donate to the cause. Adopt a song, or be a CD sponsor. Much more info about our up and coming CD and how to be a part of it can be accessed by clicking the icon above.

What else is new?

We have finished recording the new CD and we are down to just a few more post-production days to finish it off. I'll be doing that along with the cover over the summer. Stay tuned and we'll hopefully have some good news soon! You could help speed this process along by adopting a song! Click the fund raising concert icon above to see how you can be a part of this!

I placed most of my efforts last summer finishing up earlier recordings and getting them on their way to publishers hither and yon. I submitted 3 compositions during 2012 for publication; "God From God, Light From Light", "Dwell Within Me", and "Heaven and Earth Are Wed".

Several more songs were completed in 2013 including "Water", "I Am Always Near", and "Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled". As noted above we have just completed "The Sound of One Voice" and "Is There Anything Love Can't Carry" in 2014. You can hear sound-clips for all of these songs by clicking HERE.

These songs and a few more comprise our next CD, so please support the effort by making sure you own both of our current CDs; preferably one copy for each playing device in your home and car! You can order them by clicking "Albums and Sound Clips" on the menu bar above or better yet, purchase them from me or the parish office. (That way we can keep more of the proceeds.)

In the recording process are "How Great And Glorious Are You", "Call On The Lord", "Let Us Be Filled With Every Grace and Blessing", "The Way, The Truth, The Life", "Irish Blessing" and "Let There Be Light"  Thanks to the proceeds from the "Year of Faith" concert, we've been more able to move these songs and others along.

Click the concert icon above for more info on adopting a song! Your name will appear on the CD jacket as the sponsor and this money will help speed all songs to completion in the coming months. You can also preview song texts by going to the Lyrics, Poetry and Background portion of this website.

A few new pages up recently for your perusing:
"Poetry, Lyrics and Song Background" will give you just what it says on most of my music. "Andrew's Arsenal" will give any musical instrument junkies more info than most would want about the instrumental contents of my garage!

"I'll Follow" CD sales have surpassed 600 mark! That might just be a "teflon" record according to Billboard standards! I believe that sales will more or less stay around there unless and until I can get something more substantial happening in the publishing world.

There is a great review of the "I'll Follow" CD up at a Catholic music website called the Grapevine. Click here to dial it up. It's rather short, but flattering none the less. (Look it up under "A" for Andrew, not "E" for Everson) The same review has also appeared at Catholic.net. This article though, allows you to comment on the review, so go on and say something nice!

Those interested in joining the ministry this season can contact me at my office number 949-574-7400 ext 413 or email me at www.andrew@andreweverson.com


Choir Members Only!!! Click here for last Tuesday's rehearsal recordings, as well as other recorded material from the choirs. (Or to review all of our material performed over the last 4 years.) 
Email me if you need password info to log on. (Address just above)

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Contact

Friday, September 28, 2012

For quickest response you may contact Andrew at andrew@andreweverson.com or you may leave a message at the office line 949-574-7400 ext. 413

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String Instruction At Mo's Fullerton Music

Monday, March 15, 2010

On Mondays and Wednesdays I provide private instruction on most stringed instruments at Mo's Fullerton Music in downtown Fullerton CA. Most of my students are learning Violin/Fiddle, Cello and Viola, and others are learning Mandolin or 5 string Banjo. I can also get people started on some quirky world instruments like the Andean Charango, or the Chinese Er-Hu.

Mo's has many great guitar instructors, so I generally teach guitar only to those who are interested in my particular style of playing which is fashioned after the late, great Chet Atkins. (It's a hybrid classical/folk technique using a thumb-pic and just two fingers.)

Students! Click here to see my current schedule so that you can either re-schedule a lesson or to change your weekly schedule time slot. Click here for payment schedule and updates.

Violin, Viola and Cello Links! 


Click here for helpful youtube links and other info to help you along at home. 

All other string instruments click here for helpful links.

Mo's is one of the last great "Non Super-Chain" music stores around and has a full selection of instruments, sheet-music and gifts. (Not to mention lessons with FANTASTIC teachers!) It's a great stop if you are ever in downtown Fullerton.

If you'd like to inquire about lessons with me or any other teacher, contact the store at 714-871-1805 or click the name of the store above to drop an email.

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Andrew's Truck

Saturday, March 13, 2010



RIP Little Green Pick-up Truck!


The humble green '82 Volkswagon Rabbit Pick-up truck had quite a journey as is documented below. It breathed its last on northbound 57 freeway just short of the Lincoln Ave. exit with a final odometer reading of 424,562.15 miles.  (There was also a 6 month stretch a while back when the odometer was not functioning)

The wondrous truck lost its gear-box and rolled to its final stop on the evening of St. Andrew's day, November 30th 2014! Finding parts has become increasingly difficult and we will now retire this beloved vehicle.

The silver lining is that I own a white truck which is identical an has just 70,000 miles! It needs a few parts which we will take from the green truck, so as an organ donor the green truck will live on in a small way, and its "mission from God" will continue. The green truck will be stored in my garage and used for parts in the coming years.) Scroll to the bottom for more details on the truck's last day)


The Purchase
In 1989 while still living in Colorado Springs, CO, I bought a 1982 Volkswagon Rabbit Diesel Pick-up Truck with an odometer reading of 112,000 miles from a meat inspector for the FDA. (During the test drive, he went on and on about how many “bug parts” per million were allowed in the ground beef.) I purchased the truck for $1200 hoping that it would be large enough to carry me and all my music gear to CA, where I planned on becoming the 1st international rock star on the 5 string banjo.

“Good Bye” Party
Plans for moving to CA came to fuition, and on my last night in Colorado Springs, my friends and family all came to a “going away” party at which I had all of my gear lined up behind my new truck in order of importance. At the front of the line were the things I absolutely needed like an Ome 5 st. banjo, a vintage Fender Twin amp, a vintage Martin O-18 guitar, a 200 year old violin and a Vintage Fender Telecaster. Toward the back of the line were things I could perhaps do without. (furniture, clothing, grooming products, etc…)

We all packed the truck at the end of the party, and I gave the stuff at the end of the line which did not fit in the truck to my guests. (If they wanted it!) The truck was so stuffed that I actually gave away a fairly decent Mandolin that was situated toward the back of the line. (You would think I could have crammed such a small instrument in there somewhere, but no!)

The Trip

On the way out I stopped briefly (5 minutes) to see Las Vegas and wonder “why?”, had my first encounter with a desert, and I recall my first trip down El Cahon pass into Southern Cal as Bela Fleck played “Tell it to the Governer” on my cassette tape player. It was a perfect match.

In my first few months in Orange County, I began work at two churches (St. Joachim and Blessed Sacrament), was playing fiddle in a Western Swing band called the Electric Tumbleweeds, and was beginning to find musicians to perform my odd banjo music. (I'm fairly certain that I was the only one working this sort of combination.) I also kept in touch with my “fiance to be,” Diane, and went out to see her occasionally.

Deserted in the Desert

12 hours into a trip home from seeing Diane in Colorado I lost power going up a hill in the Mojave Desert and pulled over. Only then did I notice that I had totally overheated the motor. I was towed into the lovely town of Barstow, CA, where I had to make a quick decision. Do I leave the truck there with all of the other vehicular carcasses or do I get it fixed?

I took a bus home where two choir members (Ruth and Lupe) helped me to get back on my feet, and I came back to get the truck in my band-mate’s pick-up truck with my good friend and producer Rich. A few thousand dollars and two mechanics later, the truck was rolling again with a new motor, and I wondered at 125K if I had made a good decision. 23 years later, she now (2014) has over 420.000 miles.


Stop! Theif!!!
My wife and I were fast asleep at 3:00 one morning when we were suddenly awakened by the unmistakable sound of the diesel motor firing up outside. I ran out of the house in my skivies hollering and screaming as the thief was pulling away as quickly as he could in such a vehicle. At a very casual pace, the police arrived at the scene of the crime, and I quickly realized that this was really no big deal (to them.)

After surviving several days without the truck, and missing it dearly, we finally got a call from the police in Ceritos informing me that I could (for a price) come and retrieve my truck. While I was glad to hear the good news I couldn't help but wonder if the car thieves and the impound lots weren’t co-conspirators in the crime.

Jim Edmond’s Carpet!
Dilapidated as the old truck may be, I’ll have you know that the truck bed is lined with a carpet scrap from the home of all star baseball slugger, Jim Edmonds. His Mother (Katy Loving) and Grandfather (Joe McCarthy) both sing in the St. Joachim Music Ministry, and when Jimmy had new carpet installed in his house his grandfather brought me a sizable piece of the old one for my truck bed. (You can touch it if you like!)

Did You Paint Your Truck White?

Just before Easter 2010 I bumped into an old friend at church who owns a truck just like mine, with 2 exceptions: It it is white and the mileage was only 68K! He had offered to sell me this truck several times in the past but I had always told him "no thanks, my trusty green truck runs just fine". This time was different. He told me that he had just listed the truck in the paper and the add was due out on the following Tuesday. This was my last chance to purchase a very low mileage copy of my own trusty vehicle, which was still running beautifully. What to do?
I called Marc, my trusty mechanic, to get some solid advice and he put it to me like this: "Buy the truck, you idiot! When the green truck finally dies, park it in your garage and use it for parts. You'll probably get 400-500K out of the white truck as well! This is the cheapest transportation money can buy!"
So, no, I did not have the green truck painted! I own two identical trucks and I await the demise of the high mileage green one while I drive them both about equally. (Watch and wait, as the high mileage green outlasts the low mileage white!) The green one still runs fantastically well and I anticipate that it just might make the half million mark. Who knows how far it will go? It's always been on a "Mission from God"!

The Demise

As I was returning from a full slate of Sunday masses, traveling northbound on the 57 freeway the truck suddenly slipped out of gear. I tried reengaging a few times as I moved to the right, and with no luck getting it into gear I rolled to a stop just short of the Lincoln Ave.exit. I had just been thinking along the way about how many more years it would have to last to make it to 500K. 2 to 3 years would've done it.

I then had it towed to my mechanic, Marc, who looked it over and then called me down to his shop. I was hoping to hear him say that a simple adjustment to the clutch cable did the trick and I could get right back on the road! However he met me in the parking lot and with his hat over his heart he said "Andrew, I think it's time." He COULD fix it, but that acquiring parts would be very costly this time around.

And it happened on St. Andrew's day! Perhaps Andrew was watching over it, seeing to it that I got through all the masses of his feast day before allowing the final blow which would take out this marvel of transportation. Mission from God? You bet! I hope that this mission continues as the green truck provides vital internal organs to the white truck on its journey forward.


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Andrew's Latest

Friday, March 12, 2010

BREAKING NEWS! "GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT" ACCEPTED FOR PUBLISHING BY OREGON CATHOLIC PRESS!

Oregon Catholic Press has now published four of my works. (Give Jesus a Dwelling Place, He is Risen and Canticle of Zacahariah are the other three.) I have submitted several more of the songs from the "I'll Follow" collection, as well as many of my more recent works for consideration and I await their response.

OCP and other Catholic publishers have been bogged for the last few years with the process of publishing new mass propers (Like the Gloria, Kyrie, Gospel Acclamations and Eucharistic acclamations) with the release of the New Roman Missal. Very few new songs were accepted for publication during that time, but I suspect new music will get more attention now that we are over a year into this phase.

I have been contacting those choirs nationwide which I think would be inclined to perform my music, based on their repertoire and style. Many of them have a submissions process of their own and I am sending each choir the music which I believe suits their style.

I also continue writing and springing new songs on St. Joachim choir and church. "Heaven and Earth Are Wed", "Dwell Within Me", "God From God, Light From Light" have been recorded and you can hear the preliminary mix by clicking on each one. Soon "I Am Always Near", "Water", "How Great And Glorious Are You", "The Sound of One Voice" which have been recorded, will be edited and mixed and I will post them here as soon as that takes place. (Time and Money! Expensive stuff!)

"Our Senses Delight", "Is There Anything Love Can't Carry", "Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled", and "Be Ever Within" will get under way soon. You can read the text for these newer works by going to the "Lyrics, Poetry and Backgound" and get a taste of what is to come.

In addition to this I continue to create arrangements for the St. Joachim School Choir. While these are sometimes arrangements of my own music, they are often an arrangement of another authors' work like Bill Withers' "Lean On Me", Scott & Russels's "He Ain't Heavy" or Gillards' "Servant Song". We are hoping to record the student choir this coming school year and you can click on School Choir News  for more on that.

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St. Joachim Choirs

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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I direct 3 choirs for St. Joachim Parish and all of them are active in serving the community on Sundays throughout the year. (With a little break in the Summer).

The morning choir sings each week at the 10:00 mass. Accompanied by Piano, Guitar and Organ with ocasional violin, a small but mighty chorus knocks out everything from Chant to traditional hymns to contemporary songs to the colorful pieces by yours truly!

The evening choir has a repertoire that leans more heavily toward the contemporary. Lots of the music comes from popular Catholic artists such as Tom Booth, Matt Maher and Steve Angisano, while we still use plenty of the more established works of contemporary Cathlolic composers. We usually have about 15-20 vocalists with a full praise band. (Gtr, Piano, Bass, Drums and percussion. )


I co-direct the student choir with Jill Cavanaugh and they perform about 8 Sunday masses per year. (More on that below)

Ancient History

I began the music ministry at St. Joachim in the fall of 1990 when I took on the task of creating an ensemble for the Sunday evening youth mass. I knew that I had the skills to do this and I needed some part-time work. I realized right away that I would have to take this work VERY seriously when I met my new boss/pastor Fr. Ken Krause. Every meeting or conversation with him was a tremendous learning experience as he helped to deepen my understanding of Liturgy and how music can best enhance the mass. Personalities like Bob Felde (Bass/Vocal) Greg Smith (Gtr) and Pamela Valaika (Vocal) helped get things going and we were soon able to create a decent sound.

Things went well at the evening mass and in the Spring of 1991, I was asked to take on the role of Music Director for the whole parish, which included a Sunday morning choir. Personalities like Lupe Teel, Skip James, Ruth Mckeon, Swithin Lindbeck, Monica Irwin, Karen Francis and Matt Lloyd, and my “wife-to-be” Diane Reed conspired to form the nucleus of the music ministry, often performing at both morning and evening masses as the ministry began to take shape Eventually we had just enough members to cover both morning and evening masses with a good size group. (Enough to at least split into Soprano, Alto and Tenor/Baritone sections at each mass)

This was no small task for a parish that has a rather small English speaking community. I also insisted that the groups sing together for large events like Christmas and Holy Week. Most parishes I knew of at the time had no contact whatsoever between the traditional morning choir and the ensembles which served at other masses. I’ve always felt that this was a waste of good talent. While some have more traditional skills like sight-reading and classically trained voices, others have better improvisational skills, and some people have both. Some folks have a little natural talent, and just need to be “in the game” a while before they catch on and become great contributors. All types have conspired to make this ministry unique and powerful.

Music on Sundays & Holy Days at St. Joachim

From early September through late June both masses have excellent music and a deep bench of talented singers and instrumentalists. Come celebrate with us at 10:00am (Family mass with traditional/contemporary music) or 5:00pm masses (Youth centered contemporary selections, chosen and performed in a VERY Catholic way).

The 5:30 Saturday evening mass is covered by our parish cantor Bernadette Kanaly and our parish organist Chris Montoya, who also perform with the 10:00 choir. They perform at many of the weddings here, and also cover the music for most of the Funeral masses. (Except those odd weddings and funerals for families who actually want a GUITARIST!) The 6:30am Sunday mass is without music except on Christmas and Easter, and the assembly appears to like it this way! (It’s quicker!)

Each Thanksgiving, Holy Thursday and Easter Vigil, the English music ministry combines its talents with the Hispanic choir, led by Francisco Amezcua. We have some of the best Bi-lingual masses anywhere here at St. Joachim!

During July and August masses are typically covered by our summer duets. It’s just myself and one other choir member as we drop it into low gear for about 8 weeks. It’s a different, but very good sound, and it allows me to get to know some of my hard working choir members a little better. The down time also affords me the time to prepare for the next choir season.

Active, Longstanding Members

Along the way, many members have come into the ministry and stuck with it. (Why? I'm not sure!) Long standing current members (In chronological order as best as I can remember) are my wife Diane, Frank Calabretta, Jill and Kevin Cavanaugh, Tim Murphy, Bob Lee, Cynthia Morehouse, Joe McCarthy, Katy Loving, Cheryl Hebestreit, Bernadette Kanaly, Mark Rathsack, Alex Frausto, Mireya Velez, Aileen Penn Briceno, Liza Marmaud, Gene Gleason, Hilda Fores, and Monica Safaric. The youth mass group has grown considerably lately as teens continue to swell our ranks.

Outstanding Veterans of the Past

Fr. Ed Becker, sang tenor and was cantor at many a mass in the mid-late 1990s as he was discerning his vocation. Being called from his career as a lawyer, Ed answered and entered St. John’s Seminary in 2000 and became a diocesan priest in the Spring of 2005. He served as parochial Vicar at St. Pius V church in Buena Park from 2005-2009 and has recently completed Eclesiastical studies in Rome. He is now a Pastor of St. Joseph's parish in Santa Ana.

Martin McSweeney played Bass and Guitar with us in the late ‘90s and went on to receive his bachelors in music at Berkely School of Music in Boston. He returned to Southern Cal and is now serving at St. Agathas Catholic Church in Los Angeles. (Last I checked, he was still single!) St. Agathas is the church to attend if you like good Gospel music!

The Student Choir

The student choir is for all St. Joachim Parish students who are between 4th and 8th grade. It is currently made up primarily of students at St. Joachim School, but is open to all here at St. Joachim Parish. (Bulletin Announcements will tell you when each event is coming.)

This choir got started in 1998 as I attempted to pull together school talent for school events such as Catholic Schools Week and Graduation Mass. It was pretty hapless and disorganized until I had the good fortune of meeting Jill Cavanaugh, who offered immense help in organization and in co-directing the students. She is very detail oriented, which is absolutely necessary when working with me as a partner! Her vocal skills help to facilitate the choirs ability to sing in 2 and 3 part harmony and her experience as a classroom teacher helped immensely in understanding the needs of kids this age and in communicating with parents.

This partnership has been quite fruitful for the parish as the student choir typically sings at Sunday mass closest to "All Saints Day", Christmas eve 5:00 mass, Catholic Schools Week mass on the last Sunday of each January, mass on the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Good Shepherd Sunday during Easter season, the School 1st Communion mass and the School Graduation mass each year. The Student choir also performs at the annual Diocesan Choir Festival each May. Many members also go on to sing in the Youth Choir at 5:00 on Sundays.

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The Albums

NEW!!! I’ll Follow (Studio Album)


"I'll Follow" CD sales have surpassed 600 mark! While that might just be a "teflon" record according to Billboard standards, I believe that sales will more or less stay around there unless and until I can get something more substantial happening in the publishing world.

There is a great review of the "I'll Follow" CD up at a Catholic music website called the Grapevine. Click here to dial it up. It's rather short, but flattering none the less. (Look it up under "A" for Andrew, not "E" for Everson) The same review has also appeared at Catholic.net. This article though, allows you to comment on the review, so go on and say something nice!


Recorded between 2007-2009, this collection features 11 original songs by Andrew Everson, three of which have been published by OCP and are available now for choirs everywhere. (Click here for a review from Catholic .net and here for a review by Grapevine)

The manuscripts for “Give Jesus a Dwelling Place”  “He is Risen”and “Good and Faithful Servant” have been selling briskly and several other hot cuts like “Jesus!”, “From the Wood of a Manger” and  have been submitted for publication.

Another song included is “When Angels Sound the Trumpets Call," a collaboration combining the music of Andrew Everson with a vibrant apocalyptic text by Steven Ottomani. Steven was the winner of the 2008 National Pastoral Musicians Hymn writing contest, who also has songs published by OCP.

This album, like the one before it was recorded by Jim Monroe, and Rich Mouser, who also mixed and mastered the CD with Andrew Everson. Soloists include Bernadette Kanaly, Cynthia Morehouse, Liza Marmaud, Aileen Penn Briceno, and Andrew. The St. Joachim Music Ministry performs all of the choral works. The instruments are also played by the capable hands of our own St. Joachim musicians.

Click on the name of the song to hear a sample.


Psalms & Canticles (Studio Album)
Recorded from 2003-2005, this is a collection of responsorials for use in the Liturgy of the Word. The settings are all what we call "Andrewisms" which usually means that they will be a bit odd. Many of them are well known texts such as “If Today You Hear His Voice” and “The Lord is My Light," while many others are the more obscure texts (which only come up once every three years) like “You Are A Priest Forever” and “You Are My Inheritance." All are given equally vibrant settings.

It is full of powerful music and is a very prayerful listening experience. The first cut “Canticle of Zechariah” has been published and is available from OCP. Mezzo-soprano Helena Buscema, cantor at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica adds her hauntingly beautiful voice to the mix, while the St. Joachim Music Ministry performs all of the choral works.

Click on the name of the song to hear a sample.

If I’m Alive CD
(A collection of Andrew's Banjo recordings from the mid 80s-the mid 90s
This album features the best of “Banjo in a Briefcase” combined with the new “Southern Cal” recordings. Due to a condition diagnosed as "Focal Dystonia" I was unable to complete the final cuts on my beloved 5 str. Banjo, so they were finished using other instruments in my arsenal like fiddle and guitar. (Please click HERE to learn more about the condition which torpedoed my banjo playing) Packed with energy and passion, this album sets positive minded lyrics to some VERY original music which features the banjo in a  "Bela Fleck" meets "Yes" style. (If you can imagine that!)



The Pizza Song
Those familiar with this recording from the 1980s have officially dubbed this the National Anthem of Pizza. In a “Weird Al” sort of way, Andrew presents the many assets of pizza on the crust of his usually “rockin" banjo. Click The Pizza Song to listen or download a free mp3 copy. 
Dr. Dimento is the only executive of any sort that has expressed any interest in the song, but it’s good for a few chuckles.


The Life of Christ in Song (Live Recording available at St. Joachim Church)

A few of these are still left from a concert which took place in 2002. Though a little rough on the edges, it does capture some of that elusive “live” energy that is hard to get in the studio. The Album features a Marc Robinson rendition of “Prepare Ye” which has become a staple at St. Joachim during the Advent season. Other favorites such as “Glory in the Cross” by Stephen Janco, The Servant Song by Gillard, and the Taize “Jesus Remember Me” highlight moments in the life of Christ.

This album was recorded, mixed and mastered by our own Frank Calabretta and Martin McSweeney and as of now can only be purchased at St. Joachim church.

1. Prepare Ye (Marc A Robinson) 2. God’s Surprise (John Bell and Graham Maule)3. O Sanctisima (Beethoven) (School Choir) 4. I Will Arise (Everson) 5. The Servant Song (Gillard) 6. Were You There/Jesus Remember Me 7. Glory in the Cross (Stephan R. Janco) 8. This Is The Day (William Rovan) 9. Agnus Dei (Michael W. Smith) 10, Revelation (Greyson Warren Brown and Val Parker)

St. Joachim Choir Presents: (Cassette Tape; No longer available) This was the choir in its early stages at St. Joachim. This collection of favorites includes a unique gospel arrangement of Amazing Grace and a few others like “Before the Sun Burned Bright” and “May We Praise You” by the St. Louis Jesuits. It was our first crack at a studio recording which turned out quite well and sold about 400 copies.

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