Friday, May 7, 2010

If you have thought of adding sign lanuguage to your choir either through teaching it to the choir OR having a Worship Signing Ministry performed at your event, Pam is the person I would contact! Pam brought not only sign language interpretation to our concert but a sensitivity and artistry to the interpretation that was inspiring for ALL who were present. She was also able to work with the chorus leadership to help us become more welcoming and accommodating to all.

Darren Hochstedler, Director, Phinney Ridge Gospel Chorus.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir at Edmonds Lutheran Church

The Gospel Choir will join the Edmonds Lutheran Church Choir in a concert to kick off their 5th anniversary celebration weekend.

A freewill donation will be accepted with all proceeds being donated to Haiti Disaster Relief.

All Are Welcome!
Choirs meet at the church at 1:30 pm for combined rehearsal.
The PRLC van will leave at 1pm from the PRLC parking lot!

Edmonds Lutheran Church 5th Anniversary Celebration
On the Way
The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir
Saturday, February 27th, 3:00 pm
Coffee and light refreshments will follow the concert.

*Freedom Is Coming South African Freedom Song

*Siyahamba South African Freedom Song

Welcome and Prayer – The Rev. Dr. Julie Josund, Pastor
*Revelation 19 Jeffrey LaValley

Let Everything That Hath Breath Jeffery L. Ames Solo-Diane Carlson

Lead Me To The Rock Cora Jackson Solo-Jessa Nunley

Lead Me On Cora Jackson Solo-Kate Purcell

Offering for ELCA Haiti Disaster Response
Please make checks payable to PRLC.
This will allow us to receive matching funds through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Give Us This Day Edwin Hawkins

Soon and Very Soon Andrae Crouch
Bind Us Together Cora Jackson Solo-Dana Marsden

Ga Gona Ya Shwanang le Jesu South African

*Wade In The Water Spiritual

*Soon Ah Will Be Done William L. Dawson

*Till We Meet Again Kirk Franklin

*I’m Going With Jesus Patrick Bradley Solos-

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

South African Gospel Workshop

Dear Seattle-area singers and Directors

I hope you will consider joining us and inviting your choir to join us for the South African Workshop described below. I have attended workshops with Val and can tell you that she is amazing. If you or your choir is ready to move beyond “We Are Marching in the Light of God” in bringing South African music to your congregation, this is an excellent opportunity. If you would like to bring a group from your choir, I’m sure Val will work out a special price, just let me know.

Don't miss the South African Gospel Workshop on Saturday, January 30th from 10 to 2 at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. This workshop is sponsored by the Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir and is open to singers from other congregations and the community. Register early and pay in advance to assure a spot. Click HERE for more information and to register.

This is some of the most fulfilling music for singing you'll find anywhere. Dynamic call and response, rock-solid harmonies, exciting rhythms, messages of power and liberation, and movement that unifies the group - what more could a singer want?!

Teachers connected to this living tradition are few and far between in North America. Val Rogers has 10 years of experience learning and sharing this engaging, accessible repertoire.

Click HERE to view or print the workshop flyer.

Childcare provided.

One world in song,


Darren Hochstedler
Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir Director


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gospel Choir Singing at 8:30am Service on Jan 10th

The Gospel Choir will sing at the 8:30 am service on January 10th. We will meet at 8:00am.

Music will be:

Prelude: Bind Us Together
Offertory: Wade In The Water

Martin Luthur King, Jr. Celebrations

Pre-service Music: (starts at 6:30)

Lead Me To The Rock Cora Jackson
Lead Me On Cora Jackson
Bind Us Together Cora Jackson
Wade In The Water African-American Spiritual
We Shall Not Be Moved Kent Stevenson
I’m Going with Jesus Patrick Bradley

Service Music: (Starts at 7pm)
We Are Marching in the Light of God
God Has Smiled On Me
Freedom Is Coming
Give Us this Day
We Shall Overcome!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

First Rehearsal of 2010

The first rehearsal for the Gospel Choir will be on Wednesday January 13th from 6:20-7:15. We will be working on music for the Martin Luther King, JR services at Temple De Hirsch and PRLC.
Visit for service dates and times.

Music includes:

Oh Freedom/Siyahamba
Bind Us Together
We Shall Overcome (English and Hebrew)
Hebrew Music for Shabbat Service at Temple De Hirsch

Visitors and New Members are always welcome!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gospel Christmas Concert

Hope! A Soulful Christmas Celebration

The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir presents a concert of Gospel Healing and Christmas Music on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 4 pm in the sanctuary of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. During this 60 min. concert, the choir will perform African American choral music, including Negro spirituals, contemporary gospel, and music for Christmas. The group will be joined by musicians playing brass, flute, bass, and percussion along with members of the LYONS guitar ensemble in their debut performance. Tickets are free with a free will offering collected to support a program to provide free mammograms to women who otherwise would not be able to afford them. Invite your family and friends and join us as we celebrate the holidays with great music, good friends and egg nog and Christmas cookies after the concert.

Call 206-783-2350 for further information.

Monday, October 26, 2009

All Saint's Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer This Sunday
Sunday Evening Prayer will will be in the sanctuary.

Songs will include

Lead Me To The Rock
God Has Smiled on Me
Lead Me On
Till We Meet Again

Please join the Gospel Choir and Pastor Piro for All Saints Evening Prayer. It will be an opportunity to worship in the Candle Lit Sanctuary for a time of Scripture, Song, and Prayer. You are encouraged to bring a picture to the service and/or light a candle in celebration and memory of all the Saints in our lives who have gone before us. The service is from 7-7:30PM and is followed by Eucharist and Healing Prayers for those who desire them.
We will meet at 6pm in the sanctuary for Rehearsal.
Standard black attire.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Approve 71

As a part of our statement "The Gospel Choir is committed to diversity and ALL people are welcome without regard to sex, financial status, race, religion, sexual preference or physical handicap." the Gospel Choir as an organization is a supporter of the Approve Ref. 71 campaign.