The TPPC Choir

tppc choir in worship The Takoma Park Presbyterian Church Choir is a group of people joyously worshiping God and Jesus Christ in song. Under the direction of Dr. James Bingham, the choir rehearses every Monday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m.; and has an additional short rehearsal at 10:30 on Sunday morning in the Sanctuary, in preparation for worship at 11 a.m.

For more information on the TPPC Choir, send an email to choir@takomaparkpc.org.

Vivaldi's Gloria performed on Choral Sunday, December 9th

Gloria in excelsis deoPlease join us this Sunday Dec 9 at 11:00 am for a special TPPC Advent musical service featuring Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi (1678 -1741) with expanded choir, soloists and string ensemble.

The performance is directed by TPPC Music Director Dr. James Bingham and features soloists Martha Reisner and Ekaterina Tomenko, the TPPC Choir and friends, and string ensemble.

This wonderful music was relatively unknown until 1957 when the now familiar version was published and performed at the First Festival of Baroque Choral Music at Brooklyn College, New York. Since then it has slowly grown in the affection of music lovers around the western world to its present standing. In recent polling, Vivaldi's Gloria has taken second position to the Handel's Messiah as the most popular Christmas Season choral composition and has thus become a Christmas standard.

It was probably written for the Ospedale della Pietà, a charitable organization for orphans in Venice where Vivaldi worked as a music teacher.

The Gloria in excelsis, sung in Latin, is a hymn of praise, the words being taken from the second part of the Roman Catholic Mass, which in turn can trace them back to a morning prayer of c.380 and to a Greek version of the 2nd century. It is also known as the hymnus angelicus since it begins with the angelic hymn sung at Christ's nativity.

Vivaldi presents this traditional Gloria in twelve varied cantata-like sections. The wonderfully sunny nature of the Gloria, with its distinctive melodies and rhythms, is characteristic of much of Vivaldi's music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal.

Come enjoy the wonderful sounds of one of the most popular choral works of the Christmas season (second only to Handel's Messiah. This hymn of praise Gloria in Excelsis will fill your heart and lift your spirit this holiday season!

Notes on the piece are available online curtesy of John Bawden.

Dr. James Bingham, Music Director

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church has a very talented music director, Dr. James Bingham. He directs the choir and provides organ and piano music during worship services.

Dr. Bingham has a long and distinguished career in teaching choral music at the college level. He currently serves as the chairman of the music department at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, and directs several student choirs there. He also directs the choir at Spencerville Seventh Day Adventists Church. Throughout his career, Dr. Bingham has led choirs at a number of churches of various sizes and denominations.

Dr. Bingham notes with some amusement that, although Columbia Union College lies at the other end of Maple Avenue, he never knew TPPC existed before he saw our job announcement. "That made me very curious," he reports. The TPPC position also seemed like the opportunity he had been looking for "to reach out to the larger community and contribute some of my skills."

The choir enjoys working with Dr. Bingham immensely. Choir members agree that Dr. Bingham's enthusiasm for music and people is infectious.

The choir hopes that its membership will continue to grow under Dr. Bingham's leadership, and encourages other members of the congregation and the community to try it out.