Launch of Our 2017-18 Season!

To our wonderful CCC community,

Thank you to all who joined us for our season launch last Tuesday evening! We are so excited for what is to come this year. 

That said, here are a few updates for you:

First off, as many of you know, we are in the process of auditioning candidates for our open Choral Director position. This fall, we have the pleasure of being led by the lovely Anne Schatz, who currently teaches both choir and band at Burns High School. Please welcome her!

Second, we have a number of concerts on the calendar. Here are the dates:

October 13, 2017
December 17, 2017
March 11, 2018
May 4, 2018

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Have questions about our upcoming season, or the auditioning process? Email us at cheyennecapitalchorale@gmail.com, or via our contact page on this website.

Lauren, Secretary of the Board

A Letter from Sheila

Dear Cheyenne Capital Chorale,

It is with heavy heart that I write this letter. My husband and I have decided to move to Utah at the end of the summer. I will not be directing Capital Chorale in the upcoming seasons. This decision has been in the works for many years, but we have decided to move forward and get to Utah to join our families there. 

The experiences I have encountered with you are too numerous to mention! I have grown so much as a musician, because of you! I have enjoyed working with each of you! We have formed wonderful relationships and have lived our lives side by side. Through the music, we have shared the unspoken wishes of our hearts, shared in our griefs, loves and passions. 

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

I will miss you terribly, but my consolation is this; you have a board who works tirelessly on your behalf! They have your back and have gone to bat for the choir to make sure you will have funding, a director, music, places to rehearse, and concerts to give. I am still sitting in on the board meetings and am actively involved in helping with the selection of the new choir director. Stay tuned for this upcoming season! It will be an adventure! The board needs your input, feedback, and support! Please encourage people to come sing and help out with this wonderful process!  

I know change is hard, but I encourage you all to put your best foot forward, and remember we are here to share music with each other and the community! God bless you and thank you for letting me be a small part of your lives!

Just Keep Singing!  

Sheila Green

Spotlight: Fauré Requiem Opus 48

This spring, the Cheyenne Capital Chorale will be performing, "Music Through the Ages," a concert collection of works from the era of Gregorian chant through today. 

Of special interest will be the performance of Requiem, Opus 48, one of Gabriel Fauré's most celebrated works.

What makes it so special? Let me tell you.

Fauré: Requiem, Opus 48

"Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

A requiem is a musical composition that takes a central role during a requiem mass – i.e. a Catholic service to remember someone who has died. The requiem mass usually begins with the words, "requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine," or "Give them eternal rest, O Lord," as does Fauré's work. 

Fauré began sketches for his Requiem composition in 1887. Unlike many of the other composers of his time, Fauré was not compelled to create his Requiem due to the death of a loved one. In fact, his direct inspiration is unknown. 

Melodically, Fauré's Requiem is inspired by the ancient tunes and rhythms of Gregorian chant. Its musical phrases are free and shimmering, and soprano and baritone solos create beautiful interludes in between dramatic choral movements. The work ends with a vision of paradise.

See, Fauré saw death as "a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful passing away." Some have called his Requiem a lullaby of death.

Sound compelling? It is.

Join us on April 30th at 3:00pm to hear the Requiem performed.