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Composing with Finale® by Mark Johnson

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Chapter 10. Choral Scores

Back at St. Olaf (yes, it is a real college in Northfield, Minnesota), where we lived on a hill to be closer to God, choir was just a part of everyday life. The beautiful music, which seemed to burst from every corner of campus, was a legacy of the great choral champion F. Melius Christiansen. Each winter we donned our robes and sang “Beautiful Savior” in the great Christmas Festival tradition during which our athletic center was converted to a mesmerizing spectacle of voice and orchestra. As our ranks filled that enormous space with song, one really did feel part of something much greater. It was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. Besides, choir was where all the really cute girls were.

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