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Who We are

Music has always been an important and cherished aspect of worship at Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church. In the fall of 2001, a new pipe organ built by the Holtkamp company was installed in the MAPC sanctuary. The following year 2002 featured various concerts celebrating the use of this new instrument. In order to share the gift of music with others in the community, the October Festival Choir was formed and presented its first concert in the fall of 2002.

The October Festival Choir includes singers from the local tri-state area (Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Indiana) who are from various backgrounds and walks of life. The concerts since 2002 have included works of music from a variety of composers, traditions, and styles. The following sections list some of the works performed in recent years.

2005 concert

Ave Maria by Igor Stravinsky
Two Spirituals:
Walk Together Children and We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace
Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre
Va Pensiero by Guiseppe Verdi
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Lily of a Day by Richard Arnest

2007 concert

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

2008 concert

Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams
Mr. Franklin Proffers Thanks by Rick Sowash
Between Two Hills by Richard Arnest

2009 concert

Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen
Apparebit repentina dies by Hindemith
Regina Coeli by Mozart
Mass by Haydn - Theresienmesse (Theresa Mass)
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal - arranged by Alice Parker
The Endless Tapestry - New music by local Cincinnati composer Rick Sowash

Note by Rick Sowash regarding The Endless Tapestry:
Text: "The silent looms that weave the world's beauty never linger, never pause."

from The Cabin Down the Glen by Odell Shepard

The universe, near and far, is gorgeous and intricate, a vast, eternal tapestry, a thing that is woven and rewoven, unceasingly and forever. We know this but most of us lose sight of it most of the time. Not my friend John Tallmadge, Nature writer, to whom this piece is dedicated. John sees it and he knows that whenever and wherever weaving is done, there must needs be a Weaver.

Guest Conductor:

Our guest conductor for 2009, Dr. Betsy Burleigh, is the head of choral activities at Cleveland State and is the Director of the Pittsburg Symphony Chorus. Dr. Burleigh has recently been appointed director of the Chorus pro Musica which is based in Boston, MA.

Article by Christian Miller, OFC Music Director:

2009 October Festival Choir Remembrances

2010 concert

Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen
Apparebit repentina dies by Hindemith
Regina Coeli by Mozart

2011 concert

Requiem by Faure
Rejoice in the Lamb by Britten

A newly commissioned anthem by Howard Helvey - based on the early American folk tune, "Hallelujah" with a refrain that goes: "And I'll sing hallelujah, and you'll sing hallelujah, and we'll all sing hallelujah when we arrive at home."

Guest Music Ensembles:
Brass Fellowship
Cincinnati Men's Chorus
MUSE - Cincinnati's Women's Choir

Guest Conductor:
Dr. Lynda Hasseler from the Conservatory at Capital University

Poster Advertising 2011 Concert:
2011 October Festival Choir Concert Poster

additional & future concert information

Visit the October Festival Choir Facebook Page for information and photos of more recent concerts, for information on upcoming concerts, to participate as a singer, and for contact information.