Choral Workshop & Interfaith Event

A collaboration between Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Laurier Centre for Music in the Community with the support of the Royal Canadian College of Organists,
Waterloo-Wellington Centre

Conductors and Clinicians
Dr. Gerard Yun & Dr. Lee Willingham
Choral Workshop 9:30 – 12:30, Saturday, October 13
Public Interfaith Event (freewill offering)  7:00 pm  
Sunday, October 14

Where: St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 54 Benton Street, Kitchener (corner of Charles and Benton)

When: Rehearsal and Workshop, Saturday, October 13: coffee and donuts at 9:00 a.m.; choral workshop 9:30 – 12:30, snack provided.
Sunday, October 14: rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (supper provided at 5 p.m.) Concert: Sunday, October 14, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. followed by a reception.

Clinician: Dr. Gerard Yun

Choral Repertoire: includes Hogan’s Walk Together Children, Song for Peace, Improvisations and Mozart’s Dona Nobis Pacem  chorus from Coronation Mass.
Where: St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 54 Benton Street, Kitchener (corner of Charles and Benton)

Benefit for Interfaith Grand River
Over seven years of offering Sing Fires of Justice, we have continued to widen the circle of justice in our community and the world. This year, for the first time, Sing Fires of Justice will offer an Interfaith event bringing members of the three great Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam together to share our individual voices and explore opportunities for common expressions of faith.


All are invited to experience a unique sacred choral retreat weekend with the theme of peace in our community and the world. The Saturday choral workshop will explore ideas for group improvisation culminating in an improvisation at the Interfaith Event on Sunday evening.
Interfaith Grand River is comprised of persons of different faith communities, spiritual traditions, cultures, races, colours and genders. From diverse backgrounds,
The objectives of Interfaith Grand River are as follows:
•To promote dialogue among our different traditions, leading to understanding and respect.
•To provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary issues in the context of diverse religious perspectives.
•To challenge expressions of religious and other intolerance in the community.
•To acknowledge and celebrate the diverse religious truths in our community.
•To provide support for, and to encourage networking among, people working in a variety of religious contexts.
•To provide shared spiritual experiences for people representing a variety of religious practices.
•To deepen knowledge of the commonalities and differences among religious and spiritual traditions.
•To acknowledge and celebrate the religious and spiritual diversity of our community.
•To learn from and be enriched by the interaction among our respective spiritual and religious traditions.

The weekend will culminate in a benefit concert featuring Wilfrid Laurier Chapel Choir, Conrad Grebel Chapel Choir, Laurier Singers and an ecumenical community choir. Also featured are musicians from Waterloo’s Temple Shalom and artist, poet, musician, Dawud Wharnsby, one of the most prominent spiritually and socially conscious writers of our time,  Dawud’s writings of English language nasheed (spiritual hymns drawn from Qur’anic philosophy) were among the first of their kind written and distributed professionally around the world. As a voice for the socially-conscious and spiritually-driven, Dawud’s poetry, songs, artworks, intimate live concerts have inspired a generation of educators, musicians, poets and artists.

Friday, October 12, 2012 8:00pm to Saturday, October 13, 2012 8:00pm