Bell Choir to Premiere Commissioned Work

Sunday, November 17 | 9:00 AM | Nave

On Sunday, November 17, at the 9:00 AM worship service, the Creekside Ringers, St. Stephen’s Bell Choir, will present the premiere performance of Living Water by the composer, Cathy Moklebust.  This specially commissioned piece is “Dedicated to Cammy Carteng, in celebration of and thanksgiving for her 27 years as director of the Creekside Ringers, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Edina, Minnesota.

We are pleased to share that both Cammy and Cathy, the composer, will be with us on November 17th at the premiere of the piece! 

The piece was commissioned in celebration and recognition of the years of Cammy’s ministry and the meaningful contribution she’s made to the rich music tradition of St. Stephen’s.  The process of creating the piece began in July 2018 when Cathy was asked about her interest in the idea. She said she would be honored and expressed her availability to do the work.  The piece was completed in May 2019.

After discussions with the composer and Cammy, the decision was made to create an original piece vs. a work based on another musical piece or hymn. There was also conversation relating to the theme, style, and mood for the piece.

During the discussions on the theme, Cammy reflected, “St. Stephen’s has a creek running by one side of the church, and they have lovely flower gardens surrounding the church.  It reminds me of Jesus in the Garden, so profound.” In keeping with the emerging water theme, Cammy indicated that she wanted to include three different tempos in the piece – slower, moderate, and fast. These tempos reflect flowing water with its varying speeds and dynamics.  Cammy also sought an overall mood in the piece that is “contemplative, or serene.”

As you experience Living Water, we encourage you to listen for the themes, tempos, and mood of the piece. You may also notice that the Creekside Ringers have a few ringers more than usual. This was critical for performing this complex piece to ensure that all of the parts are covered.

This is a challenging piece of music for us,” said long-time bell choir member, Bob Hays, “but it has been our privilege to practice it in honor of Cammy.

We hope you will join us on November 17th for this very special musical presentation.