The Church's One Foundation was commissioned by the First Christian Church Chancel Choir (Richmond, KY) in memory of friend and fellow choir member, Mary Tipton. Mary was a devoted member of the Chancel Choir for forty years. The hymn tune AURELIA has long been one of my favorites; a line in the final stanza – “…and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won” – gets me every time. I was honored to be asked to compose an anthem that would serve as a lasting tribute to Mary's love of music, and of the choir.
Scoring: SATB, piano Tune: AURELIA, Samuel Sebastian Wesley Text: Samuel J. Stone Duration: 3:15