Rocky Mountain Praise Choir seeks singers

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Jerry Nelson, pianist, composer, conductor and arranger, seeks singers to join him performing at the Aug. 11 concert at Denver First Church of the Nazarene.

“The Rocky Mountain Praise Choir was established in the early 1990s and we did a concert and produced a CD about every two years until about 2000,” Nelson, a Centennial resident, said. “People have been asking, ‘Is the Rocky Mountain Praise Choir was history.’ Obviously, the answer is no, as we will be back in concert Aug. 11.”

He said singers can receive more information about how to become part of the choir by sending an e-mail to Rachael@jerrynelsonmusic.com.

“All singers who register will be sent a compact disc and music so they can rehearse on their own,” Nelson said. “We haven’t set the date, but I expect we will hold our first group rehearsal in early July and there will be a second one about 10 days later. That leaves about three weeks for singers to rehearse individually before we have a dress rehearsal Aug 10.”

There will be no charge for admission but an offering will be taken. However, concert-goers who want to assured a seat can purchase reserved seats in the artists circle near the stage as well as tickets guaranteeing a seat if the performance is sold out.

The talented international performer also is releasing a new compact disc at the Aug. 11 performance called “Quiet Time Reflections” which is a collection of music performed by Nelson on the piano.

He noted that a large portion of the proceeds from concerts and compact disc sales enable him and his wife, Rachael, to occasionally make trips to the Congo and Zimbabwe. On those African trips, Jerry performs concerts and his wife works with AIDS victims training youth peer groups. Together they also work on humanitarian programs such as economic water purification and the education for promising young people.

Nelson noted the program for the concert would be a bit different than past performances.

“Most of our past concerts included Broadway themes and popular songs along with songs of the church,” he said. “But the music for the Aug. 11 concerts will be traditional hymns of the church and gospel songs. Most people know the words to these songs so we will urge members of the audience to sing along with us.”

He said he is hopeful the Aug. 11 event will be the first concert in a series of performances he and the Rocky Mountain Praise Choir will do at locations around Colorado and perhaps at venues in surrounding states.

Jerry Nelson took his first piano lesson at seven, spent a decade in public school music before he became the Artist-in-Residence at Denver First Church of the Nazarene.

Over the years, he created 5,000 arrangements, has written more than 50 songs and performed piano concerts nationally and internationally.

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