Sunshine in my Soul

University of Central Arkansas Choir performing “Sunshine in my Soul”

After six months in bed due to a back injury, Eliza E. Hewitt was finally released from her body cast and able to leave the house for a walk in the park. As she reveled in the joy of freedom and the beauty of the day, she was inspired to write the lyrics to the hymn Sunshine in My Soul.

Hewitt enlisted the services of John R. Sweeney (1837-1899), composer of many songs, including Beulah Land, to compose a lively melody for this happy song. The result was a hymn that still brings a smile to the face of listeners and singers, young and old alike.

Whispering Hope

Whispering Hope performed by the Presentation School Choir, Kilkenny

The Presentation Secondary School Choir Programme has been in existence since 1996. Since that time, the choirs have enjoyed tremendous success and at present involve over 300 students.

In the Department of Education Choral Examinations held until 2009, the choirs placed in the top ten choirs in the country on several occasions. In 1999, the Senior Choir took third place nationally out of 500 choirs. In 2000, the Senior Choir was placed 5th nationally, out of over 600 choirs. In 2006 and 2007 they took first place.

We Are The Voices

We Are The Voices by Jim Papoulis

Oxford High School combined women’s choirs perform We Are The Voices by Jim Papoulis

Jim Papoulis has a distinctive musical style that combines contemporary sounds with musical traditions from around the globe. Traveling worldwide, Papoulis works with international artists and ensembles in order to explore and create a sound for a global community. This multi-cultural sound has become the cornerstone of his works for choirs, orchestras, and ensembles.

Sound the Trumpet

Sound the Trumpet (Henry Purcell)

Lenoir-Rhyne University Youth Chorus – Florence Jowers, director – Freda Herrell, Accompanist

In January of 1997, the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus (LRYC) held its first rehearsal with over 100 children. In the summer of 2007, 30 members of the advanced chorus group were privileged to attend the International Children’s Choir Festival at Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England, under the directorship of Henry Leck, from Indianapolis, Indiana, and David Flood, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Canterbury Cathedral

Where Your Bare Foot Walks

Where Your Bare Foot Walks by David Childs

Tennessee Tech University’s Choral Department has had a long standing tradition of choral excellence, performing both regionally and internationally including performances with professional orchestras. The Choral Department is committed to providing students and community members with the opportunity to participate in vocal ensembles that focus on musical performances, individual growth and service to the community.