Processional: Incline Your Ear (RHOSYMEDRE) (Introit Hymns for the Church Year--Tietze)
Kyrie: Community Mass
Gloria: Comm. Mass
Gospel Acclamation: Chant
Offertory: Exspectans Exspectavi (chant--cantor)
Sanctus: Comm. Mass
Memorial Acclamation: Comm. Mass
Amen: Comm. Mass
Our Father: chant (Snow)
Agnus Dei: Comm. Mass
Communion: De fructu
Recessional: To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
I was very excited to start another with my choir. All the students are back, classes are in full swing, and I have a fine group to start the year with. It's always tricky, though, at the beginning of the year before any new recruits come in: you've lost people to graduation so you're trying to recruit with smaller ranks. My group did a fine job though. I'm very fortunate.
We're going to give the Tietze hymns another go; we're not to the point where we can do a non-congregational Introit (at least outside of Advent/Lent), and I like to remain pseudo-faithful to the Proper texts if at all possible. We sing the doxology acappella with the choir alone; it's important to let the congregation know that we're up there!
De fructu is not the ideal communio with which to begin the year. It's long, and has a few tricky spots near the end. We did it mixed (which I don't like) for security, but we'll drop that practice in the next few weeks when we grow a little (fingers crossed) and the choir re-familiarizes itself with the chant notation. They actually did a great job with it, but we really spent quite a bit of time with it in rehearsal . . . I'm going to try to give a little more time to the chants this year, as we sometimes prepared them in haste before mass last year.
The Elgar went fine; I have a nice core of sopranos to carry those lines and they did a solid job. We'll break out some polyphony in a couple weeks, but I wanted to start out with something easier and familiar to build some confidence.