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Related song categories are:
Gathering of Israel
Israel
Missionary Work
Priesthood
Service

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More about Chad Staten:
>>Please take a moment to rate/review any of my music if you use it.<< Your feedback is very important to me. I'd love to hear how you used it, and how it went for you! Your thoughts and suggestions are welcome! Chad (Staten rhymes with Dayton) started on the violin in third grade in Logan, UT. At the age of eight, he sang in a stake primary children's choir at the Logan Tabernacle. This first real encounter with the organ deeply impressed him, and cemented in his mind a desire to play the organ. After his family moved to Beeville, a small town 60 miles from anywhere in south Texas during fifth grade, he switched to the piano because of limited orchestra resources in town. Chad was called to be a ward organist and choir accompanist starting in high school, and has served in those positions almost continuously ever since. He was an Organ Performance and Pedagogy major at BYU, where he studied with Richard Elliott, and played harpsichord and other instruments in the Early Music Ensemble under the direction of Doug Bush. He currently serves as a Guest Organist on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Chad loves to compose, particularly for choir and organ. To support his music addiction, he works as an airline pilot and enjoys playing many different pipe organs at various destinations in the United States and Canada. Please take a moment to let me know if you have enjoyed or found useful anything I have posted here. And of course, please tell me if you find any errors!
Song background:

Let's be honest -- Ye Elders of Israel, musically, is tedious. When this was put on the program for the Priesthood session of stake conference, I set about making it less tedious. Tabernacle Organist emeritus John Longhurst assisted with the editing and suggested the lower starting key to avoid making it too high after the key change.

When I sent the attached recording to my friend Ken Udy, he said "Wow! It's a whole different song. It's be cathedral-ized!" I think you'll agree when you hear the attached recording (which starts at the second ending -- you already know what the original sounds like). The men tend to sing out when there are no women around. Give them good support on the organ as you transition into the new key and free accompaniment. Prep them in advance for better participation when things begin to change. I hope you'll enjoy it!

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