First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge

Choral Director Brenda Luggie leads the combined choruses in Faure’s Requiem and more in their season finale collaboration. The concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under.

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association

and Roane Choral Society 


Endings and New Beginnings

Brenda Luggie, Choral Director & Conductor

Melony Dodson, Chorus Accompanist


Guest instrumentalists

Josh Sumter, organ and Peggy Hinkle, harp

ORSO chamber orchestra


Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 pm

First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge




Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924), Ed. John Rutter (b. 1945)

1. Introit and Kyrie

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine      Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord,  
et lux perpetua luceat eis. and let perpetual light shine upon them.   
Te decet hymnus Deus in Sion, A hymn befits thee, O God in Zion,
et tibi redetur and to thee a vow shall be
votum in Jerusalem fulfilled in Jerusalem.  
exaudi orationem meam, Hear my prayer,   
ad te omnis caro veniet. for unto thee all flesh shall come.
Kyrie eleison,   Lord have mercy,
Christe eleison Christ have mercy,
Kyrie eleison. Lord have mercy.

2. Offertory

O Domine Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae, O Lord Jesus Christ, King of Glory,   
libera animas defunctorum free the souls of the dead
de poenis inferni, et de profundo lacu from infernal punishment, and the deep abyss.
libera animas defunctorum     Free the souls of the dead
de ore leonis, from the mouth of the lion,
ne absorbeat tartarus, do not let Hell swallow them up,
ne cadant in obscurum. do not let them fall into the darkness.
Hostias et preces tibi, Sacrifices and prayers of praise   
Domine, laudis offerimus we offer to you, O Lord.  
tu suscipe pro animabus illis, Receive them for the souls of those
quarum hodie memoriam facimus whom we commemorate today.   
fac eas, Domine, de morte transire ad vitam, Lord, make them pass from death to life,
Quam olim Abrahae promisisti, et semini ejus. as you once promised to Abraham and his seed.
Amen.  Amen.

3. Sanctus  

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Holy, Holy, Holy,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Lord God of Hosts.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra Heaven and earth are full
Gloria tua. of thy glory.
Hosanna in excelsis. Hosanna in the highest. 

 4. Pie Jesu  

Pie Jesu Domine, Merciful Lord Jesus,
dona eis requiem, grant them rest,
requiem sempiternam.    eternal rest.  

 5. Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, Lamb of God,
qui tollis peccata mundi, who takest away the sins of the world,
dona eis requiem sempiternam.   grant them rest everlasting.  
Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord,   
Cum sanctis tuis in aeternum in the company of thy saints forever and ever;
quia pius es. for thou art merciful.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,   Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord,
et lux perpetua luceat eis. and let perpetual light shine upon them.

6. Libera Me   

Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, Deliver me, O Lord, from death eternal,
in die illa tremenda on that dreadful day  
Quando coeli movendi sunt et terra   when the heavens and the earth shall quake,
Dum veneris judicare saeculum per ignem. when thou shalt come judge the world by fire.
Tremens factus sum ego, et timeo I am seized by trembling, and I fear
dum discussio venerit, until the judgment should come,
atque ventura ira.   and I also dread the coming wrath.
Dies illa, dies irae,   On that day, day of wrath,
calamitatis et miseriae, day of calamity and misery,
Dies illa, dies magna On that day, that momentous day,
et amara valde. Exceedingly bitter day.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
et lux perpetua luceat eis. and let perpetual light shine upon them.

7. In Paradisum 

In paradisum deducant Angeli May the angels lead you into paradise;  
in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres, May Martyrs welcome you upon your arrival,
et perducant te and lead you into
in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem. the holy city of Jerusalem.
Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat May a choir of angels welcome you,
et cum Lazaro quondam pauper, with poor Lazarus of old,
aeternam habeas requiem. may you have eternal rest.

Combined Choirs
Clayton Scarborough, baritone
Robyn Maker, soprano
Josh Sumter, organ
Penny Hinkle, harp
Karen Kartal, solo violin
Members of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra


Weathered Days by Donald M. Skirvin (b. 1946)
Combined Choirs
Karen Kartal, violin
Sara Lee Cho, viola
Matt Wilkinson, cello
David Odegaard, bass


Fly Away Home by PINKZEBRA
Combined Choirs
Melony Dodson, piano
Karen Kartal, violin
Sara Lee Cho, viola
Rachel Loeseke, viola
Matt Wilkinson, cello
David Odegaard, bass


Seeking Light by Brandon Williams
Combined Choirs
Cindi Coan, solo
Melony Dodson, piano


Ute Sundance by Valerie D. Naranjo, Arr. Ethan Sperry
Combined Choirs
Amanda Peavyhouse, solo

Paul Davis III, drum


In Every Season by David Lanz III (b. 1950)
Combined Choirs
Melony Dodson, piano
Karen Kartal, violin



Program Notes by Mike Cates

Endings and New Beginnings

It is a sad but obvious truth of human existence that we all die. We each, as chief actor in our own lives, will eventually strut on the stage of life one last time. And the fact that we know of our mortality has had a powerful effect on the development of the human psyche and been an im­portant guide to our behavior, good or bad. But life itself and its ending should not be the goal and overriding concern of existence; otherwise, our creativity, joy, and interactive spon­taneity would fade away, taking away much of the fun of being alive. Maybe all these things blend together to tell us where music came from. For music is a language beyond words, beyond clear definition, and beyond wonderful when it's gotten right! Let us celebrate the endings of life by expressing its new beginnings, if not for our own specific life but for all life, all friendship, joy, wonder, and awe at being where and who we are.

Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) Requiem
It has been said that if a person were to choose a requiem mass to listen to, that person would be tempted to listen to Mozart's, Berlioz's or Verdi's Requiem, or perhaps Brahms' German Requiem; but for that person's own funeral the choice would be Fauré. There is something comforting, inspiring and profound about this great work. It could be thought of as French art at its very best. There is balance, refinement, brilliance, and reverence all folded into the music.

Fauré's Requiem speaks to many separate emotions and manages to do this in a kind of unified form, so the whole work seems to express a complete idea of human life in all its aspects. Every note seems like it was made to be there, like Michelangelo's “freeing” of an image from a slab of marble. Its structure and style can be said to be simple or uncomplicated. If so, it is a wonderful example of what “simplicity” can do.

In general, Fauré followed the traditional format of the requiem mass established within the Roman Catholic Church over many generations. The beginning statement of “Requiem aeterna (Eternal rest)” takes us into the world of wonder that is associated with death, and the chorus enters softly as our guide for the rest of the work. Fauré had a gift of melody and within those memorable tones is music that is both tragic and hopeful. The Offertory begins with the strings before the altos and tenors come in unaccompanied. This is likely an homage to the old Renaissance traditional music heard in Europe's grand cathedrals for centuries.  This section leads into the entrance of the baritone soloist. When the chorus enters with the original solo line, the mode has changed to major. The last expression by the chorus is beyond beautiful.  The Sanctus is a kind of life celebration, complete with gentle tunes and a kind of conversation among the choral sections, building in intensity, then concluding softly.



Program Notes by Brenda Luggie

“Weathered Days” is based on five short poems by Gordon E. Abshire.  The composer, Donald M. Skirvin, is the administrator of Mr. Abshire’s poetry and set many of his poems to music before the author’s death in 2005.  These particular poems were written over a period of two decades, but collected and arranged by Mr. Skirvin, they tell a story of melancholy and languish that resolves in shimmering light.  It is originally composed as an a cappella work for choir, but the voice parts are doubled today by a string quartet of violin, viola, cello, and bass.


We get to hear piano accompaniment and orchestral musicians on our next selection, “Fly Away Home.”   I first came across this song and programmed it in a Roane State Alumni Concert.  Its pop-style simplicity allowed for quick learning and concert preparation, and the lyrics lent themselves to the sort of reunion those concerts became.  But it came back to mind when considering today’s theme and, like Jorge Variego’s work from our most recent concerts, a different interpretation of what “home” might be.


Our next selection, “Seeking Light,” is a contemporary, musical-theatre-style setting of a poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri that honors his uncle who passed in 2019.  It highlights the idea that “death is but another stage in the journey of our continued existence”.  We are happy to feature a new chorus member as the soloist at the beginning of this song.


“Ute Sundance” by Valerie Naranjo is a transcription and arrangement of a traditional Ute Tribe melody.  She originally wrote it for solo voices and marimba, and this choral arrangement by Ethan Sperry allows all voices to share in melodic strength and harmonic support.  It is a song of renewal sung at the beginning of the new year and accompanied by the young men enacting a difficult dance on behalf of their families.  This important rite of passage releases the community of pain from the past year and forgives debts, misunderstandings, and grudges so that all may start fresh.  Our performance features vocal and percussion soloists.


The ORCMA “Season of Healing” and the Roane Choral Society season of “The Human Experience” are both summed up in our last concert selection featuring violinist Karen Kartall.  “In every time, in every season, at the heart of everything, there is a need to keep unfolding with the change the seasons bring.  In each ending a beginning; in farewell, some new hello.  Life is calling us to open as the seasons come and go.”


The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) is the home of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Chamber Music Series. 

This project is being supported in part by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Corporate funding and support for ORCMA’s 2021–2022 season is generously provided by UT-Battelle/Club ORNL, Spectra Tech, Inc., First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge Fund for Achieving Community Excellence, Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission & Tennessee Specialty Plates, Oak Ridge Public Library, Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oak Ridge Chorus Principal Singers are sponsored by Chuck Darling in memory of Dorothy Weight.  The Oak Ridge Chorus Accompanist Chair is sponsored by the Jay Muci Family in memory of Herbert Eckhoff.  Additional chorus funding is provided by Nancy Hardin, Penny Lukin, and Nancy Beth McNeill.



Oak Ridge Chorus, Roane Choral Society, Oak Ridge Symphony Members


Amy Cattran

Cindi Coan

Mary David

Phyllis Gonzales

Nancy Hardin

Nancy Mathias

Nancybeth McNeill

Mary Palmer, section leader

Carol Plasil

Jackie Rylander

Cheryl Scappaticci

Linda Triolo

Diana Turner

Robyn Maker, principal singer


Krista Belding

Sydney Bennett, Roane State student

Becky Chatham, section leader

Sharon Jackson

Penny Lukin

Priscilla McKenney

Betsy Spooner

Nancy Starr

Melody Turner

Nickie Wolf


Joanne Hayden

Roger Johnson, section leader

Kara Raymond

Michael Raymond

Joshua Spurling, principal singer

Duane Starr


Larry Boudon, section leader

Paul Davis, principal singer

Karl McHenry

Gene Spejewski

Christy Bolling

Georgia Dart
Amanda Peavyhouse

Sharon Roberts
Peggy Shepard

Karen Vacaliuc
Laura Jones, Roane State student


Krista Belding
Louanne Bennett
Michele Callicoat

Joy Goldberg
Diana Knobloch


Bruce Knobloch
Clayton Scarborough


Matthew Rajkowski

Violin I

Karen Kartal, Concertmaster

Viola I

Sara Lee Cho

Rachel Loeseke 

Anna Dye

Viola II

Robyn James

Julien Riviere

Cello I

Matt Wilkinson

Kathryn York

Cello II

Alicia Randisi-Hooker

Abbie Fields


David Odegaard 

French Horn I

Mark Harrell

French Horn II

Bill Schwenterly


Clark Harrell

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