SAMC’s new Choral Director debuts with an evening of harmony and light

Trinity Western University’s new Director of Choral Activities Joel Tranquilla, DMA, leads off his first set of choral concerts in a program that explores the theme of light. Showcasing fifteen of the brightest singers at TWU, the hour-long evening performance titled “SHINE” features sacred music in English, German, Icelandic and Afrikaans on October 25 in Langley, and November 1 in Delta.

Tranquilla, an award-winning conductor and Langley resident who joined TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) in August, has introduced this new concert as part of an ambitious series of choral events. “I’m excited about the opportunity to do such a wide range of music from different time periods and in different languages,” he said. “And chamber music is very intimate. It has a completely different feel than some our larger scale choral performances.”

The evening, sponsored by Long & McQuade, features a Bach cantata based on the familiar chorale tune “Nun danket alle Gott” (“Now Thank We All Our God”), which will be accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. Also on the program are works by James MacMillan, Moses Hogan, and SAMC’s own David Squires, Ph.D., as well as a set of pieces each based on Psalm 42 by Handel, Palestrina, and Marty Nystrom. Edward Norman will accompany on organ and piano.

Enjoy “SHINE” on Saturday, October 25 at Langley Mennonite Fellowship (20997 40 Ave, Langley) and on Saturday, November 1 at South Delta Baptist Church (1988 56 St, Delta). Both concerts begin at 7:30pm ($10 general admission, students pay what you can). For more details, visit or phone 604.513.2173. For advertising and sponsorship opportunities with SAMC Music, email


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