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Christmas Carol 2014

For the last twenty years or so, it’s been the Linton family custom to write a new carol during Advent and sing it together on Christmas Eve.  Sometimes the texts are new (as in the case last year’s carol, “Winter’s Song” with a text by Joseph Bottum) but more frequently they are settings of old, […]

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Winter’s Song – this year’s carol

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The Linton family has a tradition of finishing Christmas dinner by singing a new carol written by Michael. Since it was just written we don’t yet have a recording, but we thought it would be fun to post the score for those of you who might like to join in on the tradition. The text is written by Joseph Bottum whose best-selling Kindle book “The Christmas Plains” can be found here.

From all of at Refinersfire Merry Christmas!
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O Come, All Ye Faithful

Oh Come - cover art“O Come, All Ye Faithful” was written in 1987 as the processional hymn for the Christmas Eve service at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield, Connecticut.

St. Timothy’s was a small, but affluent, country parish (the CEO of IBM was a former vestry warden) and many women of the congregation attended the midnight service in ball gowns, their husbands accompanying them in white tie and tails.  Diana Erdmann, a lyric soprano who had appeared with a number of opera companies, was a member of the parish and the arrangement, with its newly composed fourth verse and the following descant, were written for her and the quiet, but luxurious, service. — Michael Linton


Dakota_Wind3Soprano Elizabeth Linton is a native of Connecticut and has studied in both music and nursing at Middle Tennessee State University. Most recently she has spent time nursing in East Africa and singing the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in Siena, Italy. Her performances of “The Silver Swan,” “Cantata No. 2,” “Three Songs of Separation” and “Dakota Wind” also appear on Refinersfire. She is the daughter of composer Mike Linton and pianist Janet Gustafson Linton.

 

 

RaphaelA native of Houston, Texas, conductor Raphael Bundage received his training at Texan Christian University and The Eastman School of Music.  Before entering Eastman, Dr. Bundage was supervisor of choral music in the Texas Public School System and while at Eastman he directed of the Eastman Chamber Chorus and served as the assistant director of the Eastman-Rochester Symphony Chorus.  Currently Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Opera at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Bundage also serves as the Director of Music at Nashville’s First Presbyterian Church and is the State Director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

 

John Hill

Recording Engineer John Hill’s recording of the Metropolis Symphony (by Michael Daugherty) performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra garnered five Grammy® nominations in 2010.  At the 53rd Annual Awards Ceremony in Feb. 2011, Mr. Hill won two awards in the categories of Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Orchestral Performance.  He was also nominated the previous year for his recording of Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges (again with the NSO) for Best Classical Album. Professor of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Hill earned his B. Mus. from Wilfrid Laurier University and his M. Mus. (Sound Recording) from McGill University in Montreal.  Before coming to MTST, Hill was an Associate Professor of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills, a professional audio associate at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and the Co-Director of the Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Institute at the Aspen Music Festival.

 

Chamber Choir

The MTSU Schola Cantorum is the university’s select choral ensemble, made up primarily of undergraduate and graduate students in voice.  Conducted by Raphael Bundage, the ensemble regularly performs the most important works of the choral repertory and tours in the American Southeast as well as Europe.  Here the ensemble is seen before a performance at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

 

 

 

 

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Composer Mike Linton lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and teaches freshman and sophomore level music theory at Middle Tennessee State University.   He is one of the founding members of REFINERSFIRE.

The King Shall Come (Processional for the Second Sunday of Advent)

RoyPort_ChristEach Christmas, our family has a tradition of finishing our Christmas dinner by singing a new carol.  The tune “Delahunt” (named in honor of the Baptist pastor Joe Delanunt) was written to accompany John Brownlie’s text for the Christmas of 1993. Several years later it was arranged for strings, chorus, and organ and used as a processional for the second Sunday of Advent. — Mike Linton

 

The picture used as the cover art is of “Christ in Majesty” at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., designed by Jan Henryk Rosen.


Here is a gorgeous live performance from the 2008 Wheaton College Illinois Christmas Festival with Mary Hopper conducting.


RaphaelA native of Houston, Texas, conductor Raphael Bundage received his training at Texan Christian University and The Eastman School of Music.  Before entering Eastman, Dr. Bundage was supervisor of choral music in the Texas Public School System and while at Eastman he directed of the Eastman Chamber Chorus and served as the assistant director of the Eastman-Rochester Symphony Chorus.  Currently Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Opera at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Bundage also serves as the Director of Music at Nashville’s First Presbyterian Church and is the State Director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

 

John Hill

Recording Engineer John Hill’s recording of the Metropolis Symphony (by Michael Daugherty) performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra garnered five Grammy® nominations in 2010.  At the 53rd Annual Awards Ceremony in Feb. 2011, Mr. Hill won two awards in the categories of Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Orchestral Performance.  He was also nominated the previous year for his recording of Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges (again with the NSO) for Best Classical Album. Professor of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Hill earned his B. Mus. from Wilfrid Laurier University and his M. Mus. (Sound Recording) from McGill University in Montreal.  Before coming to MTST, Hill was an Associate Professor of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills, a professional audio associate at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and the Co-Director of the Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Institute at the Aspen Music Festival.

Chamber Choir

The MTSU Schola Cantorum is the university’s select choral ensemble, made up primarily of undergraduate and graduate students in voice.  Conducted by Raphael Bundage, the ensemble regularly performs the most important works of the choral repertory and tours in the American Southeast as well as Europe.  Here the ensemble is seen before a performance at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

 

 

 

 

Dakota_Wind2

Composer Mike Linton lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and teaches freshman and sophomore level music theory at Middle Tennessee State University.   He is one of the founding members of REFINERSFIRE.

The King Shall Come

The King Shall ComeEach Christmas, our family has a tradition of finishing our Christmas dinner by singing a new carol.  The tune “Delahunt” (named in honor of the Baptist pastor Joe Delanunt) was written to accompany John Brownlie’s text for the Christmas of 1993. Several years later it was arranged for strings, chorus, and organ and used as a processional for the second Sunday of Advent. — Mike Linton

 

The picture used as the cover art is of “Christ in Majesty” at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., designed by Jan Henryk Rosen.


Here is a gorgeous live performance from the 2008 Wheaton College Illinois Christmas Festival with Mary Hopper conducting.


RaphaelA native of Houston, Texas, conductor Raphael Bundage received his training at Texan Christian University and The Eastman School of Music.  Before entering Eastman, Dr. Bundage was supervisor of choral music in the Texas Public School System and while at Eastman he directed of the Eastman Chamber Chorus and served as the assistant director of the Eastman-Rochester Symphony Chorus.  Currently Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Opera at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Bundage also serves as the Director of Music at Nashville’s First Presbyterian Church and is the State Director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

 

John Hill

Recording Engineer John Hill’s recording of the Metropolis Symphony (by Michael Daugherty) performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra garnered five Grammy® nominations in 2010.  At the 53rd Annual Awards Ceremony in Feb. 2011, Mr. Hill won two awards in the categories of Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Orchestral Performance.  He was also nominated the previous year for his recording of Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges (again with the NSO) for Best Classical Album. Professor of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Hill earned his B. Mus. from Wilfrid Laurier University and his M. Mus. (Sound Recording) from McGill University in Montreal.  Before coming to MTST, Hill was an Associate Professor of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills, a professional audio associate at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and the Co-Director of the Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Institute at the Aspen Music Festival.

Chamber Choir

The MTSU Schola Cantorum is the university’s select choral ensemble, made up primarily of undergraduate and graduate students in voice.  Conducted by Raphael Bundage, the ensemble regularly performs the most important works of the choral repertory and tours in the American Southeast as well as Europe.  Here the ensemble is seen before a performance at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

Dakota_Wind2

Composer Mike Linton lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and teaches freshman and sophomore level music theory at Middle Tennessee State University.   He is one of the founding members of REFINERSFIRE.

Three Marian Carols

Second CantataThe Marian Carols were written for Mary Hopper and the ladies of the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale upon the suggestion of poet Joseph Bottum. Of the four carols in the quartet, three are included here, named after the composer/harpist Carol McClure, the historian Wilfred McClay, and Mr. Bottom.
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Looking for Mary in Christmas Carols

Who is Mary in our carols? Most folks don’t read a lot of theology in December, but we do a lot of singing. Who is Mary here?

 

“3 Marian Carols” – on the same CD as Cantata for Christmas Day

Mary Hopper

 

 

Mary Hopper is professor of Choral Music and Conducting at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL) where she conducts both the Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Chorale. A graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Iowa, Ms Hopper is an internationally known clinician and past president of the American Choral Directors Association.

 

 

 

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