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Dordt College Choir
May 24 – June 2, 2019
Since the early days of Dordt University (previously Dordt College), the Concert Choir has been recognized as a musical ambassador of the institution. This auditioned choir has  
continued its tradition of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through excellence in choral singing, performing significant and varied literature from the choral repertoire to the
glory of God. The Concert Choir tours annually throughout the United States and Canada and periodically in Europe. They were also invited to perform for regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association in 2004, 2006, and 2010. This ensemble is comprised of current students and alumni from the Concert Choir.
Director Ryan Smit is a native of Churchill, Montana, and has recently completed his second year as director of choral activities at Dordt University, his alma mater. He holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Music Education from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). While in Phoenix, he taught at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona, and served as music director at Phoenix Christian Reformed Church. He sang tenor professionally with Charles
Bruffy and the two-time Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale for six seasons. From 2005-
2017, Ryan taught at Lynden Christian School in Lynden, Washington. He served Third Christian Reformed Church in Lynden as senior choir director, and he was the artistic director for the Bellingham Chamber Chorale for seven seasons. He is a former member of Male Ensemble Northwest, a teaching and performing ensemble of male choral professors and teachers from the northwest region. He has been invited to direct choral festivals in Washington, Alaska, Iowa, and Thailand. Ryan lives in Sioux Center, Iowa with his wife Amie and two children, Caleb and Emilyn.

  1. Sing Praise to God!  
Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal – Traditional American hymn, arr. Alice Parker 
  1. Praise Him with Psalms  
In Virtute Tua (Psalm 20) – Gregorz Gorczycki [piano, two violins] 
I Will Lift Mine Eyes (Psalm 121) – Jake Runestad 
Richte, Mich Gott (Psalm 43) – Felix Mendelssohn 
  1. Praise Him for His Awesome Wonders  
The Snow – Edward Elgar [piano, two violins] 
Wondrous Love – Traditional American folk hymn, arr. Robert Scholz 
How Great Thou Art – Swedish folk song, arr. Dan Forrest [piano] 
  1. Praise to the Son of God, Jesus Christ  
O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen 
Agnus Dei (“Nimrod” from Enigma Variations) – Edward Elgar, arr. David Giardiniere 
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Lowell Mason, arr. Gilbert Martin [organ] 
  1. Praise the Lord, All You Nations  
Vela! Asambeni Siyekhaya! – Traditional Zulu, arr. André van der Merwe 
Klokje Klinkt, Vogel Zingt – Traditional Dutch folk song, arr. Jonathan Posthuma 
Chindia – Alexandru PaƟcanu 
  1. Praise the God of Wisdom  
O Love – Elaine Hagenberg [piano] 
Abendlied - Josef Rheinberger 
The Call of Wisdom - Will Todd [organ] 
Alleluia – Jake Runestad 
VII. Praise Him for His Glorious Grace  
Amazing Grace – Wilberg [organ] 
Praise to the Lord – Christiansen 
Optional selections  
Yesterday – Lennon/McCartney, arr. Bob Chilcott 
Embraceable You – George & Ira Gershwin, arr. Kirby Shaw