Oak Ridge Chorus & Roane Choral Society sing a Collaboration for Healing

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This was a free livestreaming concert that took place on May 16, 2021. The recording may be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/mfJrWjRG5BQ

Experience great music with ORCMA as we present an inclusive and diverse range of orchestral, choral, and chamber music in its many forms. 

Healing is a free livestream event -- a collaboration led by Choral Director Brenda Luggie between the Oak Ridge Chorus and Roane Choral Society to perform Morten Lauridsen's revered and beautiful Lux Aeterna; Knoxville composer William Wright's commissioned piece Concordia with visual art rendered in conjunction with the music; and Karen Marrolli's Undivided

Our thanks to visual artists Maurice Lowery and Betsy Spooner who are donating their artwork to be auctioned next month to benefit the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association and Roane Choral Society.  You could be the owner of this special artwork!  Details will be announced soon.

This is not an in-person concert.  Follow the link to the livestream presentation.  Thank you!


Oak Ridge Civic Music Association


Roane Choral Society



A Collaboration for Healing

Brenda Luggie, Choral Director & Conductor

Melony Dodson and Slade Trammell, Chorus Accompanists


Guest singers from Knoxtet, RSCC Vocal Ensemble and RSCC Concert Choir

Guest composer William Wright

Visual artists Maurice Lowery and Betsy Spooner


Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm

Watch the livestreaming concert on YouTube 




Undivided                                                                                            Karen Marrolli (b. 1975)

Combined Choirs

Slade Trammell, piano

Shelby Shankland, flute

Theodore Kartal, cello



Lux Aeterna                                                                                         Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

  1. Introitus
  2. In Te, Domine, Speravi
  3. O Nata Lux
  4. Veni, Sancte Spiritus
  5. Agnus Dei – Lux Aeterna

Combined Choirs

Slade Trammell, organ



Concordia                                                                                            William Wright (b. 1980)

Combined Choirs

Slade Trammell, piano

Shelby Shankland, flute

Theodore Kartal, cello


"Sogno di Volare" (The Dream of Flight)*                                           Christopher Tin (b. 1976)

Stay At Home Choir YouTube Video
Students from Roane State Community College


*Permissions:  With permission from the UK-based Stay At Home Choir/Tin Works, we encourage our audience to view the YouTube video of "Sogno di Volare."

Thank you to our supporters.  Oak Ridge Chorus Principal Lead Singers are supported with generous funding from Dr. Chuck Darling in memory of Dorothy Weight.  Concert instrumentalists are supported in part with generous funding from Penny Lukin.  General funding is provided by Betsy Spooner. Professional video equipment to stream high quality video and sound has been provided and utilized by South Harriman Baptist Church, Sam Leslie, Dr. Matt Waters, First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, and Seth O'Kegley-Gibson. Our thanks to Oak Ridge Children's Museum, South Harriman Baptist Church, and First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge  for opening their spaces for rehearsals and recording.  Major funding for ORCMA's 2020–2021 season is generously provided by UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Spectra Tech, Inc., the Tennessee Arts Commission & TN Specialty Plates, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Carlson Estate, the Feldman Family, Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club, and James Rome.


About the Artists

Commissioned Composer Wil Wright
Wil Wright headshot
Composer William Wright (b.1980) was born and remains in East TN. In his 20-year career as a lyricist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, his work has been featured in settings ranging from major music festivals to the modern classical realm and across media platforms. As a film and media composer, his work has been covered or featured by Mtv online, Cartoon Network, PSA campaigns for the State of Tennessee, countless short films and the full orchestral score for award-winning 2018 feature film *This World Alone*. As a performer and lyricist, Wright performed on stages across the country, supporting both his own songs as well as the work of fellow composer, Daniel Hart (Disney's *Pete's Dragon*). In the New Music and modern classical realms, he has composed new works for Scruffy City Orchestra, Tanasi Winds, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, experimental chamber trio Kin of the Moon and many soloists. Wright has also held composer residencies with Tanasi Winds and Theatre Knoxville Downtown, and is the 2021 feature composer of the Roane Choral Society. William's neoclassical debut, "SALT MASS" (Gezellig Records, 2018), has been bought and streamed in over 28 countries. In early 2021, Wright was professionally certified in Orchestration for Film and Television by Berklee College of Music. He lives in Knoxville with a very nice wife and daughter.  Read more about Wil here:


Visual Artist Maurice Lowery

Visual Artist Maurice Lowery 
I am a Roane County native and currently provide IT systems support for Oak Ridge Associated Universities.  I have enjoyed drawing from the time I could hold a pencil.  Only later in my adult years did I begin to dabble with various painting techniques.  Now, oil and  acrylic painting, spray paint art, and string painting have been added to my experimentation, as well as soft pastel street painting art.


Visual Artist Betsy Spooner

Visual artist Betsy Spooner with paint brushes
Betsy Spooner moved to Oak Ridge in 1982 with her late husband, Steve, a scientist at ORNL.  They both became active in the Oak Ridge Rowing Association and served as coaches for the novice boy’s crews.  Betsy was also a member of a competitive women’s crew for thirteen years.  She and Steve joined the Oak Ridge Chorus and sang with this organization for many years.  After 30 years teaching in early childhood Betsy decided to retire into the world of art after discovering the Oak Ridge Art Center. She continues her art studies there.  Her works have been exhibited in local galleries as well as in private collections.  This recent challenge of “painting to music” is a new stretch for Betsy and she hopes to add a new dimension to William Wright’s meaningful composition, “Concordia”.


Knoxtet is a professional choral ensemble performing in and around the greater Knoxville area. Our group was founded out of a desire to bring a level of quality and detail to the choral repertoire we perform and out of a passion for choral music itself. Our group is composed of professional singers with backgrounds in opera, traditional choral, church music, and musical theatre, blending together to provide a high level of musicianship for a variety of styles and occasions. From traditional choral evensong services to joyful holiday caroling and everything in between, Knoxtet's mission is to share our passion for music through our voices and our presence.


Melony Dodson is Chorus Accompanist of the Oak Ridge Chorus, and Slade Trammell is Chorus Accompanist for the Roane Choral Society.  Both are active musicians in the greater Knoxville area.  Shelby Shankland, flute and Theodore Kartal, cello, are principal players in the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.  Each maintains active performance and teaching profiles in the greater Knoxville area.


Stay At Home Choir 
The Stay At Home Choir is "A global community of music lovers and artists which is accessible to all."  Read more about the choir here:  https://new.stayathomechoir.com/


Program Notes by Mike Cates

Making Music Together

Each of us is alone, stuck inside our skin, looking at the world through the filter of our individual experience, good or bad, extensive or not. But when we try to make sense of all of this, we can't rely on ourselves to work it all out. We can't do it. Because each of us is only part of a very much bigger totality than any of us can understand. Thus the idea of choral music. When we sing in a chorus, or any group, we enter a land we could not enter before, a place where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It is such a joy! In this concert we get to revel in the magic that can be made when kindred spirits join together.

All the works are recent, composed by living, breathing, and still creating musicians who are also part of this world and culture we all share.  One of these, Wil Wright, will share notes on his own newly commissioned composition, and will speak to us about Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.  Karen Marriolli is also quoted about her work Undivided. How fortunate we are to have musical creators' voices to give us clues about their expressions that clearly transcend any descriptive words.

Karen Marrolli  Undivided
Karen Marrolli headshot
Karen Marrolli calls herself “a singer-songwriter, composer, conductor, and shoe afficianado from Santa Fe, NM.” She has a background in church music and community choruses.  And she is also a singer-songwriter, involved especially with the traditional American and Irish folk music. All these aspects enter into her creativity.  Here is what she says about Undivided: “Appropriate for both sacred and secular settings, Undivided speaks to ideas of peace, unity, respect, and understanding.

Wil Wright Concordia
(see the composer's notes)

About the Text to Concordia by Wil Wright
This is a piece of music inspired by the concept of healing, of connectivity and of the possibility of harmony in a world often defined by dissonance. I explored many tales of humanity's origins and creation from around the world, looking for the common threads that might lead us back to that singular first place. I also read stories of those in states of great suffering, some natural and some man-made, and how often they, at their moment of peak agony, would cry out for two things: Mother and Water. Those primal anchors inspired my text for this piece, imagining a world of shattered continents, of disconnected parts and children at war, all suddenly called back together. We are not so far apart. We all breathe together, feel the same pain and we pray for those same Mercies. Being asked to write on healing in a year such as we all just experienced is no light task, but this creation process was instrumental in my coping, and I pray that the resulting music will pay some of that perspective and relief forward. Thanks to Roane Choral Society and RCS director Brenda Luggie for trusting me with the topic. - W.W., Dec '20 

Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)  Lux Aeterna (1997)
Morten Lauridsen headshot
Here are excerpts of Wil Wright's perception of the the composer and his Lux Aeterna.

“His mother introduced him to music and taught him piano. … Lauridsen joined the music faculty at University of Southern California in 1966, where he continues teaching to this day. … He now divides his time between teaching in Los Angeles and his home in the San Juan Archipelago off the coast of Washington. The final illness and death of his mother led to the composition of his five-movement Lux Aeterna in 1997.

“To further reflect the sacred text, Lauridsen employs frequent metric shifts and repeated-pitch motives, evoking Medieval plain chant style. Central to Lauridsen’s message, the text includes the phrase 'let perpetual light shine upon them.' So it comes as no surprise that he saves the only fortissimo outburst – a cappella – for “Hear our prayer!” (exaudi orationem meam). For the second movement, Lauridsen turns to a 1677 Nuremburg songbook. 'Herzliebster Jesu' (Dearest Jesu). … in the third movement, he states the primary message of this work,  (Oh light born [from light], a cappella. He reaches across the eras: Medieval chant-like rhythms with the Renaissance polyphony of Josquin Desprez and rich contemporary harmony in this tender, hauntingly beautiful centerpiece for this five-movement memorial. Turning to a more joyful style, Lauridsen draws upon Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit) … Once again, a special choral effect, unison singing for 'O Lux beatissima' (O most blessed light), highlights the primary message. As in the first movement, the choir returns to pianissimo to begin the Agnus Dei finale.  Soon the orchestra also returns to its very opening passage, leading to the choir’s initial passage, now set to the text of the title, Lux Aeterna.”


Notes from the ORCMA Office

Composer Christopher Tin 

Christopher Tin with Grammys
Photo credit:  Alfredo Chocano from https://christophertin.com/

About Christopher Tin and Sogno di Volare
American composer Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy winner of concert and media music.  The YouTube video of his Sogno di Volare is a virtual choir recording of his theme to "Civilization VI."  It was performed by 3,600 singers from around the world, including singers from Roane State Community College.  Accompaniment was provided by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 
Watch the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdBfS8TBYrM

Read more about Christopher Tin here: https://christophertin.com/ 




When darkness drops and anchor

In the fearful oceans of our minds,

And when the world is preaching rancor,

I can choose to be kind.

And maybe more will find the quiet rivers,

Where we’ll lift a peaceful melody,

And undivided we will stand,

Stand together, hand in hand.


And when hatred shatters silence,

And each one clings to each one’s will,

And when the world bows down to violence,

I can refuse to kill.

And maybe more will join in sweet resistance,

Singing chords in gentle harmony,

And undivided we will stand,

Stand together, hand in hand.


And when anger breeds division,

We can choose to stand side by side,

And when the world exalts derision,

We can choose to lift each other high.

And maybe then we’ll join in one big chorus,

Singing songs of peace and unity,

And undivided we will stand,

Stand together, hand in hand.


-Karen Marrolli



“Lux Aeterna”
  1. Introitus


Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine:

et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Te decet hymnus Deus in Zion,

et tibi redetur votum

in Jerusalem:

exaudi orationem meam,

ad te omnis caro veniet.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine:

et lux perpetua luceat eis.


Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

A hymn befits thee, O God in Zion,

and to thee a vow shall be fulfilled

in Jerusalem:

Hear my prayer,

unto thee all flesh shall come.

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.



  1. In te, Domine, Speravi


Tu ad liberandum suscepturas hominem

non horruisti Virginis uterum.

Tu devicto mortis aculeo,

aperuisti credentibus regna coelorum.

Exortum est in tenebris lumen rectis.

Miserere nostri, Donime,

Miserere nostri.

Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos

quemadmodum speravimus in te.

In te Domine, speravi:

non confundar in aeternum.


To deliver us, you became human,

and did not disdain the Virgin’s womb.

Having blunted the sting of death, You

opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

A light has risen in the darkness for the upright.

Have mercy upon us, O Lord,

Have mercy upon us.

Let thy mercy be upon us, O Lord,

As we have trusted in thee.

In thee, O Lord, I have trusted:

Let me never be confounded.



  1. O Nata Lux


O nata lux de lumine,

Jesu redemptor saeculi,

dignare clemens supplicum

laudes preces que sumere.

Qui carne quondam contegi

dignatus es pro perditis.

Nos membra confer effici,

tui beati corporis.


O born light of light,

Jesus, redeemer of the world,

mercifully deem worthy and accept

the praises and prayers of your supplicants.

Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh

for the sake of the lost ones,

grant us to be made members

of you holy body.



  1. Veni, Sancte Spiritus


Veni, Sante Spiritus,

Et emitte coelitus

Lucis tuae radium.

Veni, pater pauperum,

Veni, dator munerum,

Veni, lumen cordium.


Consolator optime,

Dulcis hospes animae,

Dulce refrigerium.

In labore requies,

In aestu temperies,

In fletu solatium.


O lux beatissima,

Reple cordis intima

Tuorum fidelium.

Sine tuo numine,

Nihil est in homine,

Nihil est innoxium.


Lava quod est sordidum,

Riga quod est aridum,

Sana quod est saucium.

Flecte quod est rigidum,

Fove quod est frigidum,

Rege quod est devium.


Da tuis fidelibus,

In te confidentibus,

Sacrum septenarium.

Da virtutis meritum,

Da salustis exitum,

Da perenne gaudium.


Come, Holy Spirit,

Send forth from heaven

The ray of thy light.

Come, Father of the poor,

Come, giver of gifts,

Come, light of hearts.


Thou best of Consolers,

Sweet guest of the soul,

Sweet refreshment.

In labor, thou are rest,

In heat, the tempering,

In grief, the consolation.


O Light most blessed,

Fill the inmost heart

Of all thy faithful.

Without your grace,

There is nothing in us,

Nothing that is not harmful.


Cleanse what is sordid,

Moisten what is arid,

Heal what is hurt.

Flex what is rigid,

Fire what is frigid,

Correct what goes astray.


Grant to thy faithful,

Those trusting in thee,

Thy sacred seven-fold gifts.

Grant the reward of virtue,

Grant the deliverance of salvation,

Grant everlasting joy.



  1. Agnus Dei – Lux Aeterna


Agnus Dei,

qui tollis peccata mundi,

dona eis requiem.


Agnus Dei,

qui tollis peccata mundi,

dona eis requiem.


Agnus Dei,

qui tollis peccata mundi,

dona eis requiem sempiternam.


Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine:

Cum sanctis tuis in aeternum:

quia pius es.


Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,

et lux perpetua luceat eis.


Alleluia.  Amen.


Lamb of God,

who takest away the sins of the world,

grant them rest.


Lamb of God,

who takest away the sins of the world,

grant them rest.


Lamb of God,

who takest away the sins of the world,

grant them rest everlasting.


May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord,

in the company of thy Saints for ever and ever;

for thou art merciful.


Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.


Alleluia.  Amen.






We fell down to the earth as one,

singing mother.  water.

mother.  water.

Out of the mud,

into the sun,

singing mother.  water.

mother.  water.



We split and slid across the sea.

We were torn asunder.  Born to wander.

We split from us to you and me.  Ever farther.  Over yonder.



Breathe with me.  Sing with me.


Breathe with me.  Be with me.


-William Wright


“Sogno di Volare" 

Una volta che avrai
Spiccato il volo, deciderai
Sguardo verso il ciel, saprai
Lì a casa il cuore sentirai

Una volta che avrai
Spiccato il volo, deciderai
Sguardo verso il ciel, saprai
Lì a casa il cuore sentirai

Prenderà il primo volo
Verso il sole il grande uccello
Sorvolando il grande monte Ceceri
Riempendo l'universo di stupore e gloria

Una volta che avrai (spiccato il volo)
Allora deciderai
Sguardo verso il ciel, saprai
Lì a casa il cuore sentirai
L'uomo verrà portato
Dalla sua creazione
Come gli uccelli, verso il cielo

Riempendo l'universo di stupore e gloria

Una volta che avrai
Spiccato il volo, deciderai
Sguardo verso il ciel, saprai
Lì a casa il cuore sentirai



Oak Ridge Chorus 

Jacqueline Brecheen, Principal Singer

Phyllis Gonzales
Nancy Hardin
Nancy Mathias
Mary Palmer, Section Leader

Amanda Peavyhouse, Principal Singer
Carol Plasil
Jackie Rylander

Diana Turner

Krista Belding 
Roxanne Cabrera, Principal Singer

Michele Callicoat
Becky Chatham
Lindsey Cope, Principal Singer  

Sharon R. Jackson
Suzanne Johnson

Penny Lukin

Betsy Spooner
Melody Turner
Nickie Wolf

Skye Campbell
Roger Johnson, Section Leader   

Clayton Scarborough, RCS Principal Singer 
Joshua Spurling, Principal Singer 
Mike Watkins

Larry Boudon
Paul Davis, RSC Principal Singer
Ray Genoni
Matthew Rajkowski, Principal Singer

Gene Spejewski


Roane Choral Society 

Christy Bolling
Georgia Dart
Megan Garner
Diane Griffith

Amanda Peavyhouse
Sharon Roberts
Peggy Sheppard

Lauren Snyder
Robyn VanLeigh

Krista Belding
Louanne Bennett
Michele Callicoat
Joy Goldberg 
Laura Istasse

Diana Knobloch
Brianna Lear
Emma Simpson
Ravyn Smelcer 

Samuel Beall
Sam Leslie
Bruce Knobloch
Clayton Scarborough

Paul Davis, III 



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