These are busy times for the choir. Sixteen members are preparing for two concerts in Florence, Italy in November, while our regular choral services returned this past weekend and the rest of the choir will be taking care of the services during the Florence trip. As usual we are doing a wide variety of pieces for services, such as Bach’s Jesu meine Freude, Howell’s Te Deum, Francis Jackson’s Missa Matris Dei (he just turned 101 last week!) and many Renaissance motets. We are doing sectionals as well as full ensemble rehearsals and it is gratifying that we are coming back to familiar pieces and discovering new things about them. More later.