We are so pleased to welcome back Dr. Chas Cheatham and the Episcopal Chorale for our Martin Luther King observance! We feel enriched by their presence with us as well as their singing, especially on this important occasion.
I call your attention also to the presence in the Diocese of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for a joint Lutheran Episcopal observance this Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., details in the weekly update.
Sometimes, one of the most important things we can do for each other is to show up. This is one of those times. Showing up for these observances says no to hate and a resounding yes to “respecting the dignity of every human being”, as Dr. King did unfailingly in his struggle for justice and peace.
After all, God showed up for all of us in Jesus, our Emmanuel. Our baptismal vows compel us to follow his example by the power of this grace.
We are pleased to welcome The Episcopal Chorale under the direction of Canon Dr. Chas Cheatham to our service this Sunday. The Los Angeles Episcopal Chorale Society, Inc. was founded under the direction of Canon Dr. Chas Cheatham in 1983. In the over 30 years since, the Chorale has become both locally and internationally renowned. The Chorale has toured cities in Argentina, Austria, Australia, China, Cuba, Holland, Germany, Puerto Rico, Spain and Italy, where it was honored to receive a Papal audience with Pope John Paul II. In 2000, the Chorale was one of only five choirs in the world invited to Austria to perform at the Melk Abbey celebration of its 924th Anniversary. The Chorale celebrates its 32nd Anniversary this year and to date, has granted over 100 scholarships to support youth in the arts. The Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Canon Dr. Chas Cheatham has dedicated his life to promoting the highest standards of musical ministry and performance. For more than 40 years, he has shared his gifts as a musician, choir director, composer, lecturer and teacher with children, youth and adults alike, not just in his native Los Angeles, but across the country and throughout the world. Dr. Cheatham received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UCLA. He earned his Master’s Degree & Doctorate in Music from Emory University and also received an honorary Doctorate of Music from City University of the Netherlands. He was named Honorary Canon by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in recognition of his faithful service and music ministry.
Dr. Cheatham discovered his passion for music early. He directed his first choir at age 8 and wrote and directed an opera entitled Blackness Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow before he was 20. That first musical production was performed at 17 universities in California, Arizona and Colorado with a cast of 80 students. Since then, Dr. Cheatham has gone on to direct numerous choirs and orchestra performing such major works as Brahms’ Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ. In addition to directing choirs in churches from Los Angeles to London, he has served as guest lecturer at a number of colleges, including Morehouse and Moody Bible College and has conducted music workshops in the Bahamas, Morocco, Germany, and Austria. Perhaps Dr. Cheatham’s greatest accomplishment has been the formation and direction of the world-renowned Los Angeles Episcopal Chorale Society, Inc. The Chorale has been a labor of love for him since 1983. Under Dr. Cheatham’s direction, the Chorale was honored to receive a Papal audience with Pope John Paul II. The Chorale has performed concerts tours in Argentina, Austria, Australia, China, Cuba, Holland, Italy, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Spain. In Austria, Dr. Cheatham was selected from 115 fellow directors to lead the music festival’s 1,100 voice mass choir. Coupled with the Chorale’s musical ministry, Dr. Cheatham and the Chorale have given, to date, over 100 scholarships to musically-gifted students. Dr. Cheatham and his wife Adah are the proud parents of five sons and nine grandchildren.