WEST COAST MENNONITE CHAMBER CHOIR RECORDINGS

Composer Larry Nickel and director Tony Funk set out on a project in 1990. They co-founded the West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir with the vision of making one recording; “Songs My Father Taught Me. The original singers were family members and friends from the church. Piano player, Betty Suderman, became a crucial part of the collaboration. To make a long story short, the choir – evolving from year to year – recorded 13 CDs over 15 years, and donated the proceeds (more than a million dollars) to MCC Supportive Care Services. Nickel was the sole composer/arranger for four of the CDs and he contributed several compositions to each of the other nine projects (also singing low bass in the choir). Says Larry, “Tony is one of the finest choral directors I know. The subtleties and nuance in these recordings demonstrates his passion and skill. The sound of the choir speaks for itself. We once received 10 out of 10 stars from a review in England. With CBC National Radio (Canada) and with ‘Sounds of Majesty’ out of Chicago our music was heard regularly on over a hundred syndicated radio stations for many years.”  The MCC charity – then called “Communitas” – stopped selling CDs years ago. Due to copyright restrictions, only the recordings with choral music written by Larry Nickel are still available here. (4 complete CDs and 2 compilations from the 9 other recordings) All of the sheet music to these recordings is available. Learn more about the choir and study all the scores here.

SONGS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME


This is the first recording – 1990
Check out the “Songs My Father
Taught Me” songbook here

SONGS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME (recording)

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• 2) Come Unto Me – featuring Stan Gubiotti on violin
• 3) Blessed Are They – featuring John Nickel
• 10) Mary Treasured All These Things – featuring Lynn Loewen
• 12) No Room
• 13) Emmanuel

THROUGH AN OPEN WINDOW


THROUGH AN OPEN WINDOW (recording)

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• 1) God of Love – featuring Cameron Sawatsky
• 2) Come, Let Us Go – featuring Melanie Krueger (oboe)
• 4) Call to Holiness – featuring Ray Harris and Candace Gbison
• 6) I Want to Fly – featuring Colin Balzer
• 13) Wife of Noble Virtue – featuring John Doerksen (cello) and John Nickel
• 15) Train Up a Child – featuring John Doerksen (cello) and Stan Gubiotti (violin)
• 16) Almighty God
• 18) Another Day of Grace – featuring John Nickel

A MENNONITE TAPESTRY


New settings of beloved Hymns
known to Mennonites as “Kernlieder”

 A MENNONITE TAPESTRY (recording)

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• 2) On My Pilgrim Journey featuring John Nickel
• 3) God Himself is With Us featuring John Nickel and Caroline Harder
• 5) In the Rifted Rock I’m Resting featuring Colin Balzer and john Friesen (cello)
• 6) What Joy to Us is Given featuring Chrissy Funk
• 7) Heavenly Son
• 8) How Sweetly Chime the Sabbath Bells – featuring Chrisaline Nickel
• 9) Back to the Master – featuring John Nickel
• 11) Love Everlasting – featuring Irene Funk
• 13) Strands of the Finest Gold – featuring John Nickel

WHEN I WAS A CHILD


“Songs My Father Taught Me” part two

WHEN I WAS A CHILD (recording)

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COMPILATION ONE


14 songs – Nickel’s music from five CDs

1) Carols for the Infant King 
2) A Rare Benediction 
3) As Evening Shadows Fall 
4) Come My heart’s Delight
5) My Heart, My Home

 

COMPILATION ONE (recording)

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• 1) Be Still and Consider
• 2) Good Christian People
• 3) Miles to Go Before I Sleep – featuring John Nickel
• 4) Sweet Little Jesus Boy
• 5) Silent Night – featuring Edith Wiens
• 6) As Evening Shadows Fall
• 7) Now the Day is Over – featuring Colin Balzer
• 8) When Morning Gilds the Skies – featuring Colin Balzer and John Nickel
• 9) Jesus Shall Reign
• 10) Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – featuring Edith Wiens
• 11)The Water is Wide
• 12 It’s Alright to Have a Good Time – featuring Colin Balzer
• 13) Make a Joyful Noise
• 14) The Storm is Passing Over – featuring Colin Balzer

COMPILATION TWO


16 songs – Nickel’s music from four CDs;

1) Songs of Earth, Echoes of Heaven  
2) By Light Indwelled  
3) Time of Eternity  
4) And Night Shall End

 

 

COMPILATION TWO (recording)

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• 1) Danny Boy – featuring Ben Heppner
• 2) Four Strong Winds
• 3) The Jimmy Brown Song – featuring Ben Heppner
• 5) All the Diamonds  – featuring John Nickel
• 6) Dare alla Luce – featuring John Nickel
• 7) Day by Day
• 8) World Without End
• 9) In a Grain of Sand – featuring Grace Chan
• 10) Joseph Made a Treasure Box – featuring Melanie Krueger
• 11) Love Bade Me Welcome – featuring John Nickel
• 12) Sinfonia Eleven

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