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Lonnie Delisle is a Vancouver composer, arranger, the Artistic Director of award-nominated Universal Gospel Choir and the Musician in Residence at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Lonnie’s love and penchant for gospel music began at the Pentecostal church of his youth, where he played piano and organ and directed a small choir. He studied gospel music at bible school in California before returning to Canada to expand into classical choral and vocal studies.

Lonnie spent most of his career as a church music director where he honed his arranging, conducting and keyboard skills.
When he is not directing music for a variety of theatrical and studio productions, he is out enjoying nature with his husband, Hannes, and their black lab, Bella.

Lonnie is a curator for Cypress Choral Music.  See his Universal Gospel Choir Series.

At My Table

by JJ Heller, arr. Lonnie Delisle

SATB with piano  – CP 1989 – duration 5:00
A soulful adaptation of J.J. Heller’s brilliant singer-songwriter stylings, this is an anthem of inclusion and invitation to welcome all to the table.

This is for the powerless, the wounded and the weak
This is for the immigrant, and those who cannot speak
If the ground beneath your feet feels unstable
There’s a place, there’s a place for you
At my table

Joy to the World

arr. Lonnie Delisle

SATB with piano  – CP 2008 – duration 2:55  
This timeless classic is sung around the world every year. Lonnie has brought extra expression of JOY to life with his signature rhythm and gospel sounds.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth prepare Him room!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing joy!

Orphans of God

arr. Lonnie Delisle

SATB with piano  – CP 2080 – duration 4:17
A ballad style anthem of inclusion that rises to a powerful apex with the text.

There are no strangers,
there are no outcasts,
there are no orphans of God.

Peace Come Reign

by Lonnie Delisle

SATB with piano  – CP 2329 – duration 4:03
Optional rhythm section parts available upon request

Oh peace come reign in me,
may my life be yours unselfishly,
in our hearts the wars must end;
it starts in us, this world to mend.
Peace, come reign.

Peace (Mah Soul Shall Have)

by Lonnie Norwood, Jr

SATB a cappella  – CP 2330 – duration 3:50
An emotional gospel spiritual for the peace seeking soul.

Peace, oh peace.
Peace, sweet peace.
When I come to de end of mah journey.
Peace, mah soul shall have peace.

Ride On, King Jesus

arr. Lonnie Delisle

SATB with piano – CP 1969 – duration 4:20
optional rhythm section parts available upon request
This joyful optimistic spiritual has a laid-back groove that choirs and listeners will really enjoy.

We Shall Overcome

arr. Lonnie Delisle

SAB with piano – CP 1966 – duration 4:45
SATB with piano – CP 1967
SSA with piano – CP 1968
optional rhythm section parts available upon request

Lonnie directs the amazing Universal Gospel Choir in Vancouver. This familiar anthem sings itself with Lonnie’s authentic gospel-style setting.

What the Lord Has Done in Me (Hosanna)

words and music by Reuben Morgan
arr. Lonnie Delisle

SATB a cappella – CP 2079 – duration 2:41
optional rhythm section parts available upon request

A beautiful a cappella anthem that works especially well for Easter or any time of year.

Let the weak say, “I am strong.”
Let the poor say, “I am rich.”
Let the blind say, “I can see what the Lord has done in me.”