I am not sure of the year, but the SFA choir traveled to Houston twice. We were invited to perform at Pasadena High School and later at KHOU-TV. The high school concert was in response to an invitation of a fellow honor graduate in music from Sam Houston State. He had a great choir program and it was a thrill to show off mine. A former staff member at KBTX was the director/producer for KHOU in Houston. He invited the choir to come and record an hour-long Christmas Special in their massive studio. That went over well also. A very good friend, Bill Arhos, was producer at KLRN, educational TV in Austin. He produced an hour special of one of our “Rodgers and Hammerstein Song Book” production, also in his studio. Then came the Pink Ladies of St. Joseph Hospital’s “Pink Ladies Follies” performed in Bryan Civic Auditorium. Each of these productions featured local musicians and were absolutely grand! We had a very capable guest director from New York at each one and he was very impressed with my choir. The SFA A Cappella Choir was a main attraction at each of those performances. The one that sticks out in my memory featured “They Call the Wind Mariah” from “Paint your wagon” and “Somewhere’ from “West Side Story“. Bobby Jack Schiller and Karen Kraft put this one on the top shelf. My Choir’s productions will long live in my mind as “magic moments”: “ShowBoat”, “Robin Hood”, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Song Book”, “Sound of Music”, “Calamity Jane” (Karen Kraft and “Secret Love”), “The King and I” and “My Fair Lady” … all top-shelf and magic, donchaknow. Really!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
And, that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN