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“Voices of Hope” Debut During Season of Rejoice

Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope, our children’s choir at Shepherd’s Grove, made their public debut  December 20 during a special evening Advent service held at Shepherd’s Grove. During Celebration of Advent: Christmas Extravaganza, the choir sang three songs beginning with All is Well and O Come, Little Children. They were then joined by Daniel Rodriguez and Karina Nuvo to sing Christmas Day by Michael W. Smith.

“Our debut was nothing short of outstanding, due to hours of hard work, tons of prayers, and supportive families and children who trust me and this program,” said Sarah Grandpré, artistic director for Voices of Hope. “It also was incredible to be able to give the kids’ families the joy of seeing them use their talent to glorify God.”

The evening also included the singing of carols, the vocal talents of  Marla Kavanaugh and the Shepherd’s Grove Community Orchestra.

About Voices of Hope
Under the direction of Sarah Grandpré, Voices of Hope is a tuition-free professional group of 4th through 8th grade students who share the message of hope through music both locally and internationally. The choir rehearses weekly at Shepherd’s Grove and performs at the church and on the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller for major holidays. They also plan to tour in the future.

“Our mission for Voices of Hope is to share the message of hope through the very powerful language of music. To achieve that, my goal is to nurture the children’s self-esteem in a safe and supportive environment, resulting in musical excellence and professionalism. I aim to choose music that is wholesome and life-affirming, so that the truths of the Gospel can be reinforced to my singers and communicated through them to our world. Voice of Hope was formed with faith that God will bring us the right families to participate in this choir. I would love for the program to grow, and I trust that God’s plan is at work and with His grace we are moving forward.”

– Sarah Grandpré, artistic director for Voices of Hope.

About Sarah Grandpré
Sarah Grandpré is the artistic director of Voices of Hope. As a concert soloist, Sarah has performed oratorio works by Handel, Haydn, Beethoven and Bach. Career highlights include making her Carnegie Hall debut as the Soprano soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions and performing in Royce Hall with renowned conductor and Hour of Power Choir director Donald Neuen as a Soprano soloist for his final performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with the UCLA Chorale and Philharmonia. She also has been featured in Handel’s Messiah at the Crystal Cathedral and for the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller at Shepherd’s Grove. 

In addition to her growing number of professional singing engagements, Sarah runs a successful private studio in Orange County, California where she teaches vocal and piano technique. 
Celebration of Advent: Christmas Extravaganza

Voices of Hope - Hour of Power Children's Choir

“Voices of Hope” Children’s Choir Auditions at Shepherd’s Grove September 27!

Voices of Hope - Hour of Power Children's Choir

Voices of Hope – Hour of Power Children’s Choir

Today we are excited to announce that the Hour of Power is starting a Children’s Choir. Voices of Hope will be a professional group of 4th – 8th grade students that will be sharing the message of hope through music both locally and also internationally through the Hour of Power 

Voices of Hope will be directed by Sarah Grandpre with a parent informational meeting will be held on September 27th at 1:00 pm followed by auditions. These will take place in the sanctuary at Shepherd’s Grove. Additional auditions will be available by appointment through the month of October.

Voices of Hope Announcement

“Voices of Hope” is a professional youth choral program, offering musical excellence and performance experience in a safe and supportive Christian environment. The vision of this Hour of Power Children’s Choir is to awaken a love of music in our youngest generations, and to share the message of hope with our local, national, and international communities through the Hour of Power television program and various concert venues. The choir is open to 4th – 8th grade children in the Orange County area.

Auditions: We are looking for children with innate senses of musicality, who enjoy working as a team, and LOVE to SING! A parent informational meeting and auditions will be held Sunday, September 27, 2015 in the sanctuary at 1 pm. Additional auditions will be available by appointment during the month of October.

Rehearsals: Begin Thursday, October 1, 2015, from 5:15 – 6:30 pm and will continue on Thursdays throughout the year.

For more information, contact VOH Choir Director Sarah Grandpre at sarah.grandpre@hourofpower.org.

About Voices of Hope

Mission Statement:

We believe in the power of music to touch the soul, break through barriers, heal the hurting, and transform lives through the person and work of Jesus Christ. We believe in a loving, compassionate God, and we aim to be living reflections of His light to the world around us. Our vision is to awaken a love of music in our youngest generations, and to share the message of hope with our local, national, and international communities through the Hour of Power television program and various concert venues. The goal of our program is to make music that edifies the soul, glorifies God, and proclaims the beauty and truth of His presence. We seek to educate young people in the art of collaborative singing and performing, and to teach them to embrace their unique God-given abilities. We aim to enrich children’s lives through artistic excellence, and to develop their personal and spiritual growth, self-confidence, and musical experience in a safe and supportive Christian environment.

Our Program:

Auditions: This is a professional group and we do require potential members to audition: this allows us to assess abilities and readiness for involvement in this group. We are looking for children with good senses of pitch, pleasant tones, the ability to imitate rhythms, and cooperative spirits. We are not only looking for soloists or children with experience, although those skills are highly useful in a performance setting. The ideal chorister is a child with innate musical sensibility, who works well in a team, and LOVES to SING!

Weekly Rehearsals: Members of the choir are required to attend one weekly rehearsal, on Thursdays from 5:15 – 6:30 pm. These rehearsals will include vocal and choral technique, emphasizing tone, diction, and expression. This group highly stresses teamwork. Sheet music and practice vocal tracks will be provided and members will learn part-singing and sight-singing techniques. Members are expected to have music prepared before rehearsal.

Members of the choir are strongly suggested to attend one weekly musicianship class, on Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:10 pm. This class is open to everyone in the choir. Our music curriculum includes vocal technique, rhythm and ear training, sight singing, and music appreciation. Individual vocal training with the director will also be scheduled during this time.

Performing: ‘Voices of Hope’ will be expected to perform on major holidays for the internationally televised Hour of Power. These holidays include a Christmas Concert, Christmas Eve, and Easter Sunday. The choir will also be performing at several venues in Orange County, TBD, in the spring season. There will be a final concert at the end of the season. All dates are detailed in the choir calendar.

Touring: It is our goal to travel locally, nationally, and eventually internationally with this group. The tour will serve as a highly motivating reward for the choristers’ hard work throughout the season, and will give us the opportunity to share our music with our local, national, and international communities. Tours will be planned well in advance, and we will fundraise to offset the cost of travel.

Fees: This is a non-profit choral program, and we are not asking for tuition. We will require a materials fee, which provides sheet music and folders for members. Choristers will also be responsible for purchasing their own choir uniforms for performances. The cost will vary season to season, but it is our goal to keep total cost under $150 per chorister. Scholarships will be available for those with financial need.

Parent/Chorister Contract: When a child is selected for our program, we will expect the parent and the new member to fully read through the choir contract and sign and return by our first rehearsal. The contract details rules, behavior guidelines, and commitment requirements for both parents and members. Parents and members will also be asked to sign liability and copyright waivers for the television program.

Rules: Members are expected to handle themselves professionally in and out of the rehearsal. Members will be expected to be respectful of the director, of each other, and of the rehearsal space. Members will be expected to attend regularly and arrive to rehearsal and performance call times promptly. Members will be expected to follow dress code guidelines for performances. A thorough description of the rules will be provided in the Parent/Chorister Contract.

Location: All rehearsals will be held at Shepherd’s Grove church, 12921 Lewis St, Garden Grove, CA 92840.

Performance locations will be announced.

Contact Information: Sarah Grandpre is the director of ‘Voices of Hope.’ Please contact her at sarah.grandpre@hourofpower.org.

 

The Sublimity of Gratitude and God’s Love

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues the series of messages on Living the Psalms- Encouraging the Suffering Soul. Today’s message is “The Sublimity of Gratitude and God’s Love.”

Pastor Russ Jacobson interviews Dr. Jim Kok, Certified Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education and a pastor with Crystal Cathedral and Shepherd’s Grove since 1984. Jim, along with Craig and Debbie Bourne, are the founders of Care and Kindness Ministries. Jim has devoted his career to the care of hurting people and training others to practice acts of kindness. His new book, Transform Belief into Behavior is available at careandkindness.org and wherever books are sold.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs three anthems by composer Joseph Haydn: “The Heaven’s Are Telling,” “The Marv’lous Work” with soloist Sarah Grandpre, and “Sing the Lord, ye Voices All.” The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ and Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

The Path of Wisdom

Pastor Bobby Schuller begins a new series of messages on Living the Psalms- Encouraging the Suffering Soul. Today’s message is “The Path of Wisdom.”

Dorothy Benham is a lyric-coloratura soprano. She has appeared on Broadway and been a guest artist with Symphony Orchestras throughout the country. In 1977, Dorothy was crowned Miss America and today she continues to be a part of the Miss America organization. Today, Dorothy performs “The Holy City” (Michael Maybrick). Dorothy is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Sarah Grandpre and Dana Baker are members of the Hour of Power Choir. Today, Sarah and Dana sing “More Than Wonderful” (K. Wolfe; arranged & orchestrated by M. Riley) and “The Lord’s Prayer” (Albert Hay Malotte; arranged & orchestrated by M. Riley). They are accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Hour of Power favorite Daniel Rodriguez is known as America’s tenor. He has won numerous awards, including The Disney Group Humanitarian, USO Lifetime Achievement, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the “Heart for Children” foundation. Today, Daniel performs “God and God Alone” (Phillip McHugh; adapted & orchestrated by M. Riley). Daniel is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs “It is Well with My Soul” (comp: Philip P. Bliss; arr: John Ness Beck). The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ.