Monday, January 26, 2009

Augsburg's Nancy Grundahl part of Obama's inauguration

An Augsburg choir-director (she directs Riverside Singers), Nancy Grundahl, made an arrangement of America the Beautiful after the events of 9/11. That arrangement was performed at Barack's inauguration!
She was my choir director last year. Way cool.

Nancy Grundahl
As he listened to the San Francisco Girls and Boys Choruses sing before the inauguration of President Obama, Augsburg music instructor Nancy Grundahl's husband thought he was hearing his wife's work.

"My husband heard 'America the Beautiful' and recognized it," Grundahl said, "and then my publisher confirmed that it was my arrangement a few hours later."

Grundahl, director of the Augsburg Riverside Singers, originally wrote the arrangement of "America the Beautiful" on the day after 9/11. "I needed something uplifting for my children's choir to sing in rehearsal," she said. The choir sang the arrangement for the rest of that season, and it was published by Alliance in 2003.

Peter Hendrickson, director of choral activities at Augsburg, said, "This is truly amazing. Nancy's arrangement was probably heard around the world, and over 1,000,000 people heard it on the Washington mall."

"It's been fun to have been a tiny part of the amazing inauguration of Barack Obama," Grundahl said, noting that the publisher has seen an increase in sales since the performance. Grundahl hopes to connect with the conductors of the choirs to hear more about their experience.


Check out the original Augnet story here.

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