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