SFVA Choir to join Convocation Chorus!

Here is a letter from Convocation Choir Conductor Fred Settle, Minister of Music at the Valley Crossroads Church:

Greetings To All,

I pray this email finds each of you blessed in The Lord.

If you are receiving this email it is because you either responded to an invitation to be a part of the Southern California Conference Convocation Choir (SCCCC) choir or you are now being invited to participate.  This is the choir that is scheduled to sing at the Conference Convocation taking place on September 23, 2017 at the Greek Theater and I am honored to serve as your director.  I Praise The Lord that I have received responses from all five of the regions in the conference desiring to be a part of this mass choir, approximately 150 singers have responded (we’re hoping for 250 so please spread the word).  I look forward to ministering in song with each of you.


Please note the following:   Rehearsals are scheduled to commence on Sabbath afternoon, July 15, from 3pm to 5pm in the sanctuary of the Vallejo Drive SDA church in Glendale, CA.  The church is located at 300 Vallejo Drive, Glendale, CA 91206.  I’d like to thank Elders Wayne Smith and Mark Papendick for securing this location for us.  As mentioned, the rehearsals will begin on July 15 and are scheduled to continue every Sabbath afternoon until September 16.  We may have a final rehearsal on Friday evening, September 22 but I’ll keep you posted on that.


For the day of the Convocation we have been asked to sing two selections for the morning service (11am) and to provide a 15 to 20 minute mini-concert at 3pm which would probably be around four songs.  So as you can see, we have some work to do but I know that with God’s help we can do it.


I believe that throughout our conference, various kinds of music are sung.  So my plan is to  include inspirational styles from the hymn, anthem, spiritual and gospel genre’s in order to appeal to as many as possible.  Attached to this email are two of the songs that have been selected…a powerful arrangement of a popular, well known and well-loved hymn, “How Great Thou Art” arranged by Dan Forrest.  Also attached is the energetic a Capella spiritual “I’ll Stand” by Raymond Wise that I’m sure you will enjoy singing.  I have attached not only the sheet music for both songs but also a recording of each song so you can hear how it goes.  Also, all those in attendance at the July 15 rehearsal will receive a CD of all of the songs we will be singing to aid in learning the music.


Lastly, I’d like to make sure everyone is aware of the following:  it is not necessary to be able to read music in order to be a part of this choir although it will be a big help as all of the songs will have sheet music.  If you can’t read music, that’s OK.  Maybe you’re a fast learner…that’s good too.  However, whether you can read music or not, what is necessary to have is a positive attitude and the ability to harmoniously blend your voice with those in your section as well as the choir as a whole.  Although I strongly believe in what the Bible says in Psalm 100 about making a joyful noise to The Lord we want to ensure that everyone participating has the same focus in mind when we come together to lift our voices in song in order to present the best possible quality music that we can for our church family and friends.


Again, I look forward to ministering in song with each of you as we unite our voices in song to The Lord.  Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.


See you on July 15!

​P.S. Feel free to forward this email to other singers in the conference who may be interested in joining us.​
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