Sisters In Song, Real Life Singing Nuns, Release New CD "Rejoice!"
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LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 24, 2000 -- Sisters in Song, a choir comprised of eighty Catholic nuns from over 50 religious congregations in 28 states across the nation, have just released (October) their newest CD, Sisters in Song Rejoice!, a celebration of both contemporary and traditional spiritual music. Recorded under the direction of internationally renowned composer, Christopher Walker, Rejoice! is the third CD released by the singing nuns. Included among the musical selections on the new recording are Celtic Alleluia, How Great Thou Art and the chant Salve Regina. Previous CD's include Sisters in Song Celebrate! and Sisters in Song Christmas Spirit! Organized in 1994, the non-profit chorus came together to lift their voices in song to raise funds to help meet the retirement needs of men and women religious in the United States who are currently critically underfunded. Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles described the project as "a creative and novel way for our women religious to generate much needed financial support of our aging religious. I am hopeful that many people throughout the country will see this as a splendid opportunity to hear some extraordinary music while at the same time helping to give support to our retired Brothers and Sisters." Not surprisingly, the most enthusiastic cheerleaders of the musical compilations are the Sisters themselves who each had to submit an audition tape to be accepted into the choir. Since its inception, Sisters in Song has received over 600 audition tapes. From those, 57 new members were accepted into the choir this year. "When singing together, the voices blend in perfect harmony," says musical director Christopher Walker. "The sound is so beautiful, it makes the hair on my arms stand up." To date, Sisters in Song has generated over $500,000 toward the retirement needs of men and women religious in this country. The goal for the millennium year is to raise that number to over $1 million. The net proceeds from the sale of all Sisters in Song recordings are distributed equally to the National Religious Retirement Office and to SOAR! (Support Our Aging Religious, Inc.). "Doing something to help others adds to the intensity and joy of what this music is all about," says Sister Theresa LaMetterey, Sisters in Song Project Director and member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Orange, California. Indeed, the members of the choir feel the same way. Sisters Rosalie Deck and Rosemonde Deck of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence in Kingston, Massachusetts, siblings who are both members of the group perhaps summed it up best. "Our hearts are happy to sing to help the needs of our elderly religious. The communion of the Sisters in Song is a special bond...we are at heart one voice." All Sisters in Song recordings - Sisters in Song Celebrate!, Sisters in Song Christmas Spirit! and Sisters in Song Rejoice! can be ordered from the Oregon Catholic Press at 1-800-548-8749, or online at www.ocp.org. # # # # #
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