Gail Poulsen is a violinist and songwriter from beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Gail studied violin performance at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her teacher, Kathy Rapoport encouraged and sustained Gail’s love of composition and Celtic music. In 2008, Gail began composing music for her church, Jubilee CRC. This congregation has many wonderful professional musicians whose voices have helped to inspire Gail’s compositions. Some of those songs have been published in hymnals, won major competitions, and are used to advertise Re-frame Media’s Kid’s Corner. Her compositions have been performed by the Niagara Symphony, Niagara Youth Orchestra, Chorus Niagara, Avanti Chamber Choir, Young Singers of Niagara, and many churches. In 2015, Gail produced the CD, Songs of Jubilee. This album features songs written by Gail and co-lyricist, Linda Lensink. Many of her songs have been arranged for choir by Dr. Harris Loewen. For more information, please visit: www.songsofjubilee.ca
by Gail Poulsen, arr. Harris Loewen
SATB with piano – – CP 1488 – 3:25
The lyrics for this work expand upon the familiar Irish Blessing, with several new stanzas offering a wish for peace, joy, hope and love. This arrangement includes a hint of gospel-style choral writing, and features celtic-flavoured instrumental parts
by Gail Poulsen
SATB – with piano and violin (or other solo instrument) – CP 1753 – duration 4:20
Christmas or any other time of the year is the ideal time to celebrate the miraculous nativity – God with us. The Virgin Mary looks down at the child in her arms and what does she think? Gail captures the profoundness of the notion in this poignant and lovely composition.