Camelback Bible Church Visits Poland
Date: June 12, 2010
Location: Arizona, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
I am pleased to report that the Camelback Bible Church Sanctuary Choir (Paradise Valley-Phoenix, Arizona) has just returned from a very successful and unique concert tour/missions trip to Poland, May 27-June 7. The invitation for the trip came from the Promnitz family of America, who recently discovered that they are descended from a royal family of southwestern Poland that was previously thought lost. Through their newly revealed connections with palaces, towns, mansions and cathedrals, they arranged a very specialized concert tour through Poland, often in locations in which protestant choirs have never been welcome before. The Camelback Choir was in a parallel and often intersecting, but separate tour with the Valley Christian High School Chorale of Phoenix.
The Sanctuary Choir sang during Masses and/or in concerts in Zary (the Military Church in the Old Market, and outdoors during the 750 year celebration of Zary), Wroclaw (at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist), Poznan (at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Komorniki), and Gniezno (at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Adalbert in the Old Market). The Choir also visited Berlin and Pszczyna, and took a very sobering trip to Auschwitz in Oswiecim.
The Sanctuary Choir was pleased to premiere in Poland a brand new composition by the 2010 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition winner Derek Myler. His beautiful setting of the Lord's Prayer in Polish, Ojcze Nasz (pron. Oychay Nahsh), was first performed at the Military Church in Zary, and subsequently in every concert of the tour. The audiences were deeply moved by this new composition in their language, and were visibly grateful for the effort given by the choir to learn the Polish language and to debut this new piece for them. Each performance of this piece was met with loud and extended applause. We can highly recommend this new piece, and I will be pleased to help you with the Polish language when it is published and your choir performs the piece.
We thank God for His protection of the Choir during their long miles of travel, and for the opportunity to sing His praises in the great country of Poland.
Dr. Tom Bookhout
Pastor of Music Ministries
Camelback Bible Church