I’m very sad to read of the death of Ms. Norman. She performed with us in San Jose many years ago. I wish I could remember what was on our program. I’m thinking it was Mahler, but I can’t remember what. I’m sure a colleague will enlighten me.

“Why should one bother to be mediocre?”

Johann Hermann Schein: Die mit Tränen säen
University of the Philippines Los Banos Ensemble; Roijin G. Suarez, Conductor

They who sow with tears will reap with joy.
The go out and weep and carry worthy seed,
And return with joy and bring their sheaves.

Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium
Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir; Dr. Patrick Gardner

O sacred banquet!
in which Christ is received,
the memory of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory to us is given.
Alleluia.

Pat McFarland died on the 23rd of this month. I believe I only met him once, and that was when he came back to San Jose. (I think he may have gone to San Jose State.) He was such a fine player and many are mourning his loss.

He played English horn in the Atlanta Symphony for 47 years. A fine, fine player.

Mendelssohn: Richte, Mich Gott
CORO Vocal Artists; Nathanael Smale, Conductor

Philip Moody: Prayer
CORO Vocal Artists; Philip Moody, Conductor

Philip Stopford: The Beatitudes
Salt Lake Vocal Artists; Dr. Brady Allred, Conductor

Traditional Gospel Medley
University Choir of Stellenbosch; André van der Merwe

Song #1 Bayete in Zulu

Bayete Bayete U yi ngwenyama ya Kwa-Juda (Oh Hail Oh hail Oh Lion of Judah)
U yi ntloko ye bandla (You are the Head of the Church )
Ungu alfa no omega (You are the Alpha and Omega)
Isiqalo nesi phetho (The beginning and the end) (Repeat)

Kulo thixo omkhulu (Oh Great and Mighty God )
Ose lulwini (Seated on the Heavenly throne )
Yena ulikhakha Khakha le nyaniso (You are the shield of truth)
Kulo thixo omkhulu (Oh Great and Mighty God )
Ose lulwini (Seated on the Heavenly throne )
Yena ulikhakha Khakha le nyaniso (You are the shield of truth)

Song #2 Ndikhokhele in Xhosa

Ndikhokhele Bawo, zundi khokhele (Lead me oh Father [Lead me])
Ndikhokhele mmeli wami (Lead me my savior)
Ezintsizini, Zalomhlaba Bawo (in all the sorrows of this world Father)
(Bawo, Bawo, Bawo) ( Father, Father, Father)
Bawo ndiyabonga (Father I thank you)
Ngoba wena usandigcinile (for you still protect/keep me)
(Repeat)

Hlal’uhlele duze kwami (You calm all my fears) x2
(Bawo, Bawo, Bawo) ( Father, Father, Father)
Bawo ndiyabonga (Father I thank you)
Ngoba wena usandigcinile (for you still protect me)

Mmeli wami bawo uthaluthele thuze kwami (Father, Savior, you calm my fears)
Bawo ndiyabonga (Father I thank you)
Ngoba wena usandigcinile (for you still protect me)

Song #3 Hlonolofatsa in Sotho

Iyo hlonolofatsa (Iyo Bless/Praise)
Iyo hlonolofatsa (Iyo Bless/Praise)
Iyo ka lebtso la Ntate(Bless in the name of the Father)
(Iyoyoyo hlonolofatsa) (Iyoyoyo Bless/Praise)

I have a parent looking for an oboe so I thought I’d Google and see what I come up with if I search for “Good oboes for students.” I came across an article that included this:

So, looking for a major brand is a good idea. A brand such as Selmer, buffet or Yamaha. There are many others and I will make a list of those and put those in addition to this article, so you can look at those separately.

Laree, which is kind of the Rolls-Royce of the oboe world not necessarily a great place for a beginner to start but they have a high resale value.

SO many warning signs in the article, but even in these two paragraphs. No, Selmer is not a good choice. Buffet is okay, as is Yamaha. Then there is the comment on “Laree” … it’s LOREE and those are top notch oboes but there are a number of other great oboes that could also be called “Rolls-Royce”.

I get so angry with these faulty articles. They are likely written by people who don’t even play (links to Amazon on this one tell me it’s merely a money-making site), and possibly by bots. There are MANY of them out there, this was only the first I landed on.

If you are looking to rent or buy an oboe talk to your teacher. If you don’t have a teacher GET ONE. If you rent or buy do so from a reputable dealer or from a seller who you know you can trust. If you aren’t sure, talk to your teacher. If you don’t have a teacher GET ONE.

Did I mention talking to your teacher? 😉

(Side Note: It is interesting to me that much in the article I found IS good. I wonder if it is a compilation of various sites. Odd.)

Precious Lord arr. Roy Ringwald
Hastings College Choir; Dr. Fritz Mountford, Conductor