Choral Compositions by Ken Galbreath
"Commissioned by Flushing High School A Cappella Choir, Nathan Degner, director, for the dedication of the school's new auditorium. In 1998, during the constructing of the new auditorium, four workers were tragically killed when a 40-foot high concrete wall suddenly collapsed.
When Nate asked me to write a piece for the dedication ceremony, my thoughts went immediately to ancient Biblical history and the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls.
I decided to begin the piece with the following introductory narration: 'Now it came to pass when the wall had been rebuilt, and the doors had been set in place, singers were appointed. And there was very great gladness. And on the eighth day, there was a solemn assembly. Then the Levites stood upon the stairs and cried with a loud voice unto the Lord their God.' ~ Nehemiah 7-9.
Since its premier performance, Song of Celebration has undergone some renovations of its own without undermining the integrity of the original manuscript. I have experimented with the addition of a piano accompaniment and rewritten the voice parts in a few areas. For college, advanced-level high school, community and church choirs."