Chor Anno's first CD
"The Solace of the Song"
You may buy an entire CD album for $14.95. The CD will be mailed to you by US Postal Service, postage free. Email your order to:
Or you may send your check to: Howard Meharg, 5218 NE Issler St., Vancouver, WA 98661 and indicate how many copies of "The Solace of the Song" you'd like.
The following titles are from our CD "The Solace of the Song." (This is "really" Chor Anno...exactly as heard in live concerts. Not the sheer perfection achieved by groups in recording sessions and with editing, just sheer joy in singing!) Refreshing, to say the least.
1. Flight Song - a soothing and uplifting work by Kim Andre Arnesen, a young composer whose music is being widely sung by fine choirs all around the globe. Listening carefully, you'll find the very reason we sing!
2. Requiem - is by Craig Hella Johnson, director and founder of the famed "Conspirare" choir out of Austin, Texas. This comforting piece is basically a poetic prayer written by Eliza Gilkyson in honor of the thousands killed in the tsunami that swept the coasts of Thailand and other countries several years ago.
3. We Rise Again - opens with soloist Jonathan Vaughn and features the men of Chor Anno in a powerful statement offering hope for the future that can be found in our own children.
4. Long Time Ago - a folk song, so simple, so lovely. Primarily used as a solo song, but here sung simply in unison by the choir with violist, Stephen Meharg, and pianist Brian Hoskins.
5. Tell My Father - is a song from the musical called "The Civil War." It's a heart-wrenching and poignant song sung by a young man as he lay dying from his battle wounds. This song, found elsewhere in our available recordings, has received thousands of playviews on YouTube. Our soloist, Reginald Unterseher, sings it with such pathos it may bring tears to your eyes!
6. Gabriel's Oboe - has no lyrics. It comes from Ennio Morricone's soundtrack from "The Mission." In our opinion, one of the most beautiful melodies ever written. Stephen Meharg, viola, and Roxanne Knutson, oboe, play for us as the choir provides the accompaniment.
7. Shenandoah - has been arranged countless times by choral people. None, in our opinion, surpass the gorgeous version provided by our friend, Richard Nance, who is head of the choral program at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma. Matt Mandrones, Vancouver, handles the violin descant on this one.
8. Come Dwell in Solomon's Walls - by Z. Randall Stroope, is rousing as well as comforting. In powerful metaphor, it calls to mind the safety of being "home."
9. The Pasture - also by Z. Randall Stroope, is a setting of a Robert Frost poem. It's as if a father is inviting his young one, "I'm going out to clean the pasture spring. I'll only stop to rake the leaves away. I won't be long...you come, too." We dedicated this one to a marvelous choral director friend, Neil Lieurance, who died a couple of years ago. Neil, who grew up near Castle Rock, Washington, said this poem reminded him of his father who said similar things to him as he grew up on the small farm east of the town. Neil said he always read into the "you come, too," as meaning "I love you."
10. Who Is This? - arranged by John Ferguson, is a setting incorporating "O Sacred Head Now Wounded," and "Of the Father's Love Begotten." It features violist, Stephen Meharg and sensitive singing by Chor Anno.
11. Unclouded Day - Arr. by Shawn Kirchner, is followed immediately by "I Sing Because I'm Happy" by Rollo Dilworth. These were ending songs from our 2016 concerts. You'll hear the enthusiastic audience response to both. "Unclouded" is an early American hymn from the south and "I Sing..." is lifted from the gospel song "His Eye Is On the Sparrow."
12. Choral Reflections on Amazing Grace - ends our album "The Solace of the Song" with an absolutely gorgeous setting of "Amazing Grace" that incorporates a beautiful version of "Kyrie Eleison" (Lord, have mercy) right on top of the "Grace" melody. It rises to a powerful moment when the choir sings "when we've been there ten-thousand years" that is almost breathtaking in majesty. This setting uses violinist Matt Mandrones, violist Stephen Meharg, along with soloists Alison Askeland and Nicole Lamartine. Our fabulous pianist, Brian Hoskins, completes the ensemble. Oh, and listen carefully at the end. You may hear bagpipes fading into the distance!
Videos and individual songs - FREE
VIDEO! - Os justi meditabitur - Anton Bruckner (as performed in Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Vancouver, WA, September, 2018)
All recordings on this page are from live performance videos (free)
Unclouded Day (Arr. Shawn Kirchner) and I Sing Because I'm Happy (Arr. by Rollo Dilworth)
Tell My Father (men of Chor Anno) with soloist Reg Unterseher and
violist Stephen Meharg (from the musical "The Civil War," arr. Andrea Ramsey
Come Dwell in Solomon's Walls (full choir) Randall Stroope
Shenandoah, arr. Richard Nance
Ubi caritas, Paul Mealor (performance for NW ACDA conference, 2014
Guest conductor, Dr. Bruce Browne)