Popular choral music composer, Garry A. Cornell, was at the Coshocton Community Choir’s most recent rehearsal to conduct his latest piece, “Rejoice, Believers!” that he wrote for the group. “This was my first time to hear this number sung by a choir,” stated Cornell after the rehearsal. “It is so wonderful to hear in person what you put down on paper and to also have it sound like what you wanted to hear.”
The Coshocton Community Choir will premier “Rejoice, Believers!” at the upcoming Tidings of Peace Christmas Festival Concert on Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium. The concert will also feature the Coshocton Children’s Choir and the Coshocton Youth Chorale.
The Coshocton Community Choir had commissioned Cornell to write a number in honor of their founder and conductor, Charles R. Snyder, for his 40 years of conducting the choir. “It is always such an honor to be asked to write something like this for a special occasion,” Cornell added.
“This piece took a while to write, though. I always say that when a piece of music is ready to be written, then it will be. It just can’t be forced, so sometimes it takes longer than you’d like.”
Cornell has been a choir director in Columbus, Ohio, for the past 55 years, and most recently retired from St. Andrew Presbyterian Church where he is now Director of Music Emeritus. He has been composing music since the age of nine and has had his own music publishing company, Celebrations Unlimited, for 38 years.
Charles R. Snyder, the choir’s director says he has known Cornell for over thirty years. “I met Garry when I was a junior in college,” recalled Snyder. “He was the […]