University Singers

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:30pm



Ave Maria............... Nathaniel Dett

Soloist: Benjamin Worley


Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum,

Benedicta tu in mulieribus, 

   et benedictus fructus ventris tui Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus,

Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.  Amen.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,

Blessed art thou among women, 

   and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

Now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.



Swing Low, Sweet Chariot ............Wallace Willis / Arr. Tarik O’Regan

Trio: Jennifer Yerganian, Bria Jones, Paige Wakefield



Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.




Afro-American Fragments (1991)..............William Averitt

Soloists: Catherine Sandstedt, Pax Baker


IV. Song for Billie Holiday


What can purge my heart

     Of the song

     And the sadness?

What can purge my heart

     But the song

     Of the sadness?

What can purge my heart

     Of the sadness

     Of the song?

Do not speak of sorrow

With dust in her hair,

Or bits of dust in eyes

A chance wind blows there.

The sorrow that I speak of

Is dusted with despair.


Voice of muted trumpet,

Cold brass in warm air.

Bitter television blurred

By sound that shimmers -



V. Feet o’ Jesus


At the feet o’ Jesus,

Sorrow like a sea.

Lordy, let yo’ mercy

Come driftin’ down on me.

At the feet o’ Jesus,

At yo’ feet I stand.

O, ma little Jesus,

Please reach out yo’ hand.



VI. Fire! (1959)



Fire, Lord!

Fire gonna burn ma soul!

I ain’t been good,

I ain’t been clean - 

I been stinkin’, low-down mean.


Tell me, brother,

Do you believe

If you wanta go to heaben

Got to moan an’ grieve?



I been stealing’,

Been tellin’ lies,

Had more women

Than Pharaoh had wives.


Fire, Lord!

Fire gonna burn ma soul!

I means Fire, Lord!

Fire gonna burn ma soul!

– Langston Hughes



Soon Ah Will Be Done/I Wanna Die Easy.........Craig Hella Johnson

Soloists: Ernest H. Harrison, Madeline O’Meara

Trio: Mary Kettlewell, Bria Jones, Martha Allen


Soon ah will be done a-wid de troubles of de worl’,

Troubles of de worl’, de troubles of de worl’.

Soon ah will be done a-wid de troubles of de worl’,

Goin home to live wid God.


No more weepin’ and a-wailin’,
no more weepin’ and a-wailin’,

No more weepin’ and a-wailin’,
I’m goin’ to live wid God.

I wanna die easy when I die,
shout salvation as I fly.

I wanna see my mother when I die,
 shout salvation as I fly.


Ride the Chariot .........Stacey V. Gibbs


Gettin’ ready for de Judgemen’ Day.

Are you ready for the journey? Oh, yes

Do you wan’ to see my Jesus? Yes, yes

I’m waitin’ fo’ de chariot ‘cause I’m ready to go.

Gonna ride in the chariot in de mornin’ Lord.


I nevuh can forget dat day when all my sins were taken away.

My soul was snatched from de miry clay, I’m gonna serve Him, ‘til de Judgemen’ Day.


Gonna ride in de chariot!


Ride up to see my Lord!


Witness...........Arr. Moses Hogan



For my Lord, my soul is a witness for my Lord.

Yes!  I’m a witness for my Lord.

Who will be a witness for my Lord?

Oh, I haven’t been to heaven but-a I been told

That the streets up there are paved with gold.

Oh, I wanna go to heaven and I wanna go right,

Yes, I wanna go to heaven all dressed in white.


Well, Daniel was a Hebrew chile

Who went to pray to his God for a while.

The king at once for Daniel did send

An’ he put him down in the lion’s den.

Well, you read about Samson from his birth,

The strongest man that lived on earth.

Delilah shaved his head just as clean as your hand,

An’ his strength became as a common man.



Well, who will be a witness?

Daniel was a witness.

Who will be a witness?

Samson was a witness,

Moses was a witness,

Jonah was a witness,

Peter was a witness for my Lord.

Will you be a witness?

Yes be a witness!

Paul was a witness,

Silas was a witness,

Mary was a witness,

Noah was a witness.

Witness, for my Lord!



Steal Away ............ Michael Tippett


Alex Smith, tenor

Hannah Zizza, soprano



Ezekiel.........Arr. Stacey V. Gibbs 


Ezekul saw de wheel way up in de middl’ of de air.

Yes, don’ you know dat de lill’ wheel run 

by de grace of God?

You better mind, my brothuh, how you walk on de cross,

Foot might slip an’ yo’ soul get los’

Don’ you know satan wears a clubfit shoe,

Watch, if you don’ min’ he’ll slip it on you.




Some go to church for to sing and shout,

Befo’ six months dey’s all turn’d out.

He saw de wheel a turnin’, 

He saw de wheel way up in the middle of the air.





Anthem.......... Ernest H. Harrison



Old Missouri, fair Missouri, 

Dear old varsity . . .

Ours are hearts that fondly love thee, 

Here’s a health to thee.


We shall overcome,

We shall overcome someday.

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe,

We’ll walk hand in hand today.


This is only the beginning.

We still have much to do.



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