Alan J. Hommerding is an Editor with World Library Publications, the music and liturgy division of J. S. Paluch Company, Inc., in Chicago. In addition to his position with WLP, Mr. Hommerding is a gifted organist and composer, as well as a writer, with several books published, and many others edited. He is one of three composers commissioned by The Springfield Choral Society to compose music for its concert, “Psalms in the Sanctuary.” Each of the compositions is based on poetry by Marion van der Loo and are from a book edited by Mr. Hommerding and published by WLP in 2011, “Psalms From the Heart: Prayers For the Times and Seasons of Faith.” Mr. Hommerding chose a Psalm from the Christmas section of the book and has created a joyful setting for chorus and hand bells. Two local composers are also represented in this concert.
Dale Thomas Rogers is very well known in Springfield and is in his 28th year as the Director of Music and the Arts at Springfield’s Westminster Presbyterian Church. There he has established a fine music program with choirs of all ages, as well as a concert series which has become very popular among audiences in Springfield and surrounding areas. He is also a founder of the Liturgical Arts Festival in Springfield. Mr. Rogers has written choral music in diverse styles for various ensembles and for this concert has chosen a text from Ms. van der Loo’s book for which he has created a richly textured piece for 8-part a cappella choir.
Nicholas Young is a senior at Millikin University in Decatur. He will be graduating in May with a degree in Music Education with an Emphasis on Voice. For four years, he has been a voice student of Marion van der Loo and, besides being a fine singer, has shown himself also to be a fine composer. His music has been performed by ensembles at Millikin and the piece he has written for The Springfield Choral Society demonstrates his considerable promise in the area of composition. His piece, “Come, Holy Spirit,” is also beautifully scored for 8-part a cappella choir.
The concert will be presented by its 60 chorus members, piano and brass accompaniment on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Springfield and May 4 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham. The SCS will honor and celebrate its Music Director, Marion van der Loo’s 20 years in the Springfield community and will debut, among other selections, three original compositions, setting to music poems written by Ms. van der Loo herself and published by World Library Publications in 2011. Two of the three composers are local musicians—Dale Thomas Roger, Director of Music and the Arts at Springfield’s Westminster Presbyterian Church and Nicholas Young, currently a senior at Decatur’s Millikin University, graduating this May with a degree in Music. To read more about these two local composers, as well as Alan J. Hommerding, the third composer and editor with World Library Publications in Chicago. $12.00 concert tickets will be available at the door
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