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  • Concert Program

    Emilie Amrein & Paul Infantino, directors

    Lisa Pagan, collaborative piano

    Muusika – Pärt Uusberg

    USD Concert Choir

     

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    O Radiant Dawn – James MacMillan

    USD Concert Choir

     

    Let My Love Be Heard – Jake Runestad

    USD Concert Choir

     

    El Manisero – Moisés Simons, arr. Jorge Alberto Martinez

    USD Concert Choir, featuring Genesis Capellán with Kaia Morrison, percussion

     

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    I Love You / What a Wonderful World – arr. Craig Hella Johnson

    USD Combined Choirs, featuring Luke Leidiger

     

    Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

    Payton Asch, Elizabeth Gagle, Luke Leidiger, Lily Yates

     

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    Trilo – Ale Möller

    USD Choral Scholars

     

    Hands – Jocelyn Hagen

    USD Choral Scholars, featuring Julia McAtee and Matthew Pearson

     

    Fire – Katerina Gimon

    USD Choral Scholars

     

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    We Shall Be Known – MaMuse

    Audience & Choirs

     

    Ring of Fire – June Carter, arr. Stephen Calgaro

    Tenors and Basses of the USD Choral Scholars, featuring John Mitchell and Roderick Utz

     

    Steal Away – arr. Stacey Gibbs

    Tenors and Basses of the USD Choral Scholars, featuring Alexander Green

     

     

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    Say Her Name – Alysia Lee

    Sopranos and Altos of the USD Choral Scholars, featuring Melissa Tumlos

     

    She – Laura Mvula, arr. Paul John Rudoi & Chris Foss

    Sopranos and Altos of the USD Choral Scholars, featuring Genesis Capellán

     

    My Heart Be Brave – Marques Garrett

    USD Choral Scholars

     

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    Lead with Love – Melanie DeMore

    Audience & Choirs, featuring Melissa Tumlos, Viviana Moiso, Lily Yates, and Julia McAtee

  • Texts and Translations

    Muusika – Pärt Uusberg

    Somewhere the original harmony must exist,

    hidden somewhere in the vast wilds.

    In Earth's mighty firmament,

    in the far reaches of swirling galaxies,

    in sunshine, in a little flower,

    in the song of a forest,

    in the music of a mother's voice,

    or in teardrops-

    somewhere, immortality endures,

    and the original harmony will be found.

    How else could it have formed

    in human hearts- music?

    O Radiant Dawn – James MacMillan

    O Radiant Dawn, Splendour of eternal Light,

    Sun of Justice: come, shine on those

    Who dwell in darkness

    and the shadow of death.

    Isaiah had prophesied,

    The people who walked in

    darkness have seen the great light

    Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom

    a light has shone. Amen.

    Let My Love Be Heard – Jake Runestad

    Angels, where you soar

    Up to God’s own light,

    Take my own lost bird

    On your hearts tonight;

    And as grief once more

    Mounts to heaven and sings,

    Let my love be heard

    Whispering in your wings.

    El Manisero – Moisés Simons, arr. Jorge Alberto Martinez

    Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts

    So if you want something

    enjoyable for your mouth

    buy me a little bag of peanuts.

     

    Little housewife don't sleep

    without eating a little bag of peanuts.

    They are so warm and delicious

    that one can't ask for more.

     

    Little housewife don’t let me go

    because then you’ll be sorry

    and it will be too late.

     

    When the street is deserted

    little housewife of my heart,

    the peanut vendor sings his song

    and if a girl hears my singing

    she beckons from her balcony.

     

    Give me some of your peanuts

    because tonight I won’t

    be able to go to sleep

    without eating a bag of peanuts.

    I Love You / What a Wonderful World – arr. Craig Hella Johnson

    We can be together now and forever;

    I love you, I love you.

    And when I’m praying, I hear him saying

    “I love you, I love you.”

    People all over the world, they’re opening up,

    they’re coming around

    and they’re saying I love you,

    I love you, I love you…

     

    I see skies of blue and clouds of white,

    bright, blessed day and dark, sacred night;

    and I think to myself,

    “What a wonderful world.”

     

    The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,

    are also on the faces of the people going by.

    I see friends shaking hands,

    saying, “How do you do?”

    They’re really saying, “I love you.”

     

    I hear babies cry, I watch them grow;

    they’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know,

    and I think to myself,

    “What a wonderful world.”

    Trilo – Ale Moeller

    A Swedish folksong, depicting longing for someone at sea.

    Hands – Jocelyn Hagen

    A wordless vocalise, depicting music's capacity to cross cultural boundaries and speak louder than words.

    Fire – Katerina Gimon

    Fire is a fun, lively, and energetic work incorporating vocal percussion, body percussion, nasal singing, calls, and nonsense syllables.

    We Shall Be Known – MaMuse

    We shall be known

    by the company we keep

    By the ones who circle round

    to tend these fires

     

    We shall be known

    by the ones who sow and reap

    The seeds of change, alive

    from deep within the earth

     

    It is time now,

    it is time now that we thrive

    It is time we lead

    ourselves into the well

     

    It is time now,

    and what a time to be alive

    In this Great Turning

    we shall learn to lead in love

    Ring of Fire – June Carter, arr. Stephen Calgaro

    Love is a burning thing

    And it makes a fiery ring

    And bound by wild desire

    I fell into a ring of fire

     

    I fell into a burning ring of fire

    I went down, down, down

    and the flames went higher

    And it burns, burns, burns

    The ring of fire, the ring of fire

     

    The taste of love is sweet

    When hearts like ours meet

    And I fell for you like a child

    Oh, but the fire went wild

     

    I fell into a burning ring of fire

    I went down, down, down

    and the flames went higher

    And it burns, burn, burns

    The ring of fire, the ring of fire

    Steal Away – arr. Stacey Gibbs

    I ain’t got long to stay here,

    When my work down here is done

    an’ my race down here is run,

    Then I’ll steal away home.

     

    Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus.

    Steal away, steal away home.

    I ain’t got long to stay here.

     

    My Lord, he calls me,

    he calls me by the thunder.

    The trumpet sounds within-a my soul.

    I ain’t got long to stay here.

     

    Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus.

    Steal away, steal away home.

    I ain’t got long to stay here.

    Say Her Name – Alysia Lee

    Say her name. She cannot be forgotten by us.

    Put her name in the air. Say her name.

     

    Sandra Bland

    Riah Milton

    Breonna Taylor

    Michelle Cusseaux

    Rekia Boyd

    Latasha Walton

    She – Laura Mvula, arr. Paul John Rudoi & Chris Foss

    She walked to watch you

    with her head down low

    She wondered if there's a way out of the blue

    Who's gonna take her home this time

    She knew that this time

    wouldn't be the last time

     

    There she waits

    looking for a savior,

    Someone to save her from her dying self

    Always taking ten steps back

    and one step forward,

    She's tired, but she don't stop

     

    She don't stop, she don't stop, she don't stop

    She don't stop, she don't stop, she don't stop

     

    Every day she stood,

    hoping for a new light

    She closed her eyes and

    she heard a smile voice say

    You don't stop, no, you belong to me

    She cried, maybe it's too late

     

    She don't stop, she don't stop, she don't stop

    She don't stop, she don't stop, she don't stop

    My Heart Be Brave – Marques Garrett

    My heart be brave, and do not falter so,

    Nor utter more that deep, despairing wail.

    Thy way is very dark and drear I know,

    But do not let thy strength and courage fail;

    For certain as the raven-winged night

    Is followed by the bright and blushing morn,

    Thy coming morrow will be clear and bright;

    ’Tis darkest when the night is furthest worn.

    Look up, and out, beyond, surrounding clouds,

    And do not in thine own gross darkness grope,

    Rise up, and casting off thy hind’ring shrouds,

    Cling thou to this, and ever inspiring hope:

    Tho’ thick the battle and tho’ fierce the fight,

    There is a power [in] making for the right.

    Lead with Love – Melanie DeMore

    REFRAIN: You gotta put one foot in front of the other and lead with love,

    Put one foot in front of the other and lead with love!

     

    Don’t give up hope. You’re not alone,

    Don’t you give up, keep moving on. [REFRAIN]

     

    Lift up your eyes and don’t you despair.

    Look up ahead, the path is there. [REFRAIN]

     

    I know you’re scared, and I’m scared, too

    But here I am right next to you! [REFRAIN]

     

    Don’t give up hope. You’re not alone,

    Don’t you give up, keep moving on. [REFRAIN]

  • Personnel

    1

    USD Concert Choir

    Donovan Alcones

    Briana Alexander

    Payton Asch

    Lukas Blankenstein

    Angelique Brown

    Genesis Capellán

    Kylie Choi

    Hannah Dempsey

    Elizabeth Gagle

    Corinne Hansel

    Jack Hemphill

    Alezea Hinz

    Kai Hopkinson-Ramsammy

    Xavier Kouamé

    Jackson Lambros

    Genevieve Makowski

    Julia McAtee

    Erin-Mae McKeon

    John Mitchell

    Adriana Myers

    Carly O'Rear

    Katelyn Osborne

    RJ Parry

    Matthew Pearson

    Roderick Utz

    Lily Yates

     

    2

    USD Choral Scholars

    Donovan Alcones

    Payton Asch

    Angelique Brown

    Genesis Capellán

    Kylie Choi

    Mahda Davis

    Elizabeth Gagle

    Alexander Green

    Corinne Hansel

    Jack Hemphill

    Naveed Heydari

    Kai Hopkinson-Ramsammy

    Xavier Kouamé

    Jackson Lambros

    Luke Leidiger

    Julia McAtee

    Erin-Mae McKeon

    John Mitchell

    Viviana Moiso

    Katelyn Osborne

    RJ Parry

    Matthew Pearson

    Angelica Sanabria

    Melissa Joy Tumlos

    Roderick Utz

    Lily Yates

  • Faculty & Staff

    Biographies

    Emilie Amrein

    Emilie Amrein is Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of San Diego where she conducts the USD Choral Scholars, and teaches courses on the intersection of music and social justice movements, community music, and changemaking.

     

    Emilie is the co-artistic director of Common Ground Voices / La Frontera, a bi-national community music project that aims to build relationships and understanding across political, demographic, and perceptual borders as an exercise of non-violence. She is the Executive Producer of The Choral Commons, a media platform that provides a space for singing communities to realize the liberatory potential of the ensemble as a site of radical imagining. She is coauthor of the forthcoming book, Empowering Song: Music Education from the Margins, to be published by Routledge in July 2022.

    Paul Infantino

    A native of San Diego, Paul Infantino is in his fourteenth year of teaching. He currently oversees the Valhalla High School Vocal Music Department, where he directs five choirs. Paul was Valhalla’s Golden Apple recipient for the 2019-2020 school year. Paul is in his fourth year directing the University of San Diego Concert Choir. He also teaches Music Pedagogy for secondary education teachers at Point Loma Nazarene University.

     

    Paul holds a master’s degree in conducting from San Diego State University, where he was named Outstanding Graduate Student. Paul holds both a bachelor’s degree (Music/Psychology double major) and teaching credential (Music) from USD. In addition to his choral directing, Paul has also sung with various local professional choirs, and accompanies the USD Founders Chapel Choirs on Sunday nights. During his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and dreaming about choir.

    Lisa Pagan

    Ms. Pagan holds a BA in Vocal Performance, Piano Performance, and an MA in Education-all from Point Loma Nazarene University. She taught choral music in the Vista Unified School District for 20 years, and has served as a vocalist and pianist for several Southern California churches during her career. Currently, she serves as the accompanist for Concert Choir and Choral Scholars at USD, and counts it a blessing to be able to work with two of the finest Choral conductors in the area.