Words: Rev. Dr. Brolin Parker
Music: Theresa Lee-Whiting
This new choral work is written for choirs to sing in worship on Christmas. Included are links to two different versions of the work: SATB and piano, or SATB with instrumental ensemble. A subtitle on the instrumental score, "An Introit for Christmas," is most appropriate for this work. The beginning of the piece embodies the longing of Advent, but it quickly turns to joy as the text ushers in the spirit of Christmas.
The Rev. Dr. Brolin Parker has been a UMC pastor for 40 years, shepherding many churches in Upstate New York and also serving as Superintendent for two different conferences in that area. Brolin attended seminary at Boston University, and his spiritual calling has lately been leading him to writing and sharing poetry with Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Binghamton, NY where he resides.
Theresa Lee-Whiting has been the Director of Music Ministries at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Binghamton, New York for 14 years. Theresa earned her dual Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and Music History and Literature from Binghamton University, and has now happily made Binghamton her home where she enjoys writing Christian music in various styles.