August 04, 2019 - #4690 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Brian Mathias
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Morning Has Broken”1,5
Music: Gaelic melody
Lyrics: Eleanor Farjeon
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Lead, Kindly Light”2
Music: John B. Dykes
Lyrics: John Henry Newman
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Trumpet Tune” (Organ solo)
Music: David German

“Happy and Blest Are They” from St. Paul
Music: Felix Mendelssohn

“Who Will Buy?”3,5 from Oliver
Music and lyrics: Lionel Bart
Arrangement: Michael Davis

“My God, My Portion, and My Love”4
Music: American folk hymn
Lyrics: Isaac Watts
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

1. On the CD Consider the Lilies.

2. On the CD Then Sings My Soul.

3. On the CD Showtime! Music of Broadway and Hollywood.

4. On the CD Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns & Spirituals.

5. In the CD set Encore Collection: The Many Sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The Spoken Word

The Most Beautiful Music of All

We live in a world that seems obsessed with power—political power, military power, or the earning of power. Popular movies even imagine superhuman powers. Few of us, if any, experience much of those powers. But there is a power that we can all have, and it’s the most important and most lasting power in the world. It is the power to influence others for good.

Think of the people who have helped shape your life and your outlook. Think of the teachers, role models, and friends who helped you become the person you are today. For many talented flutists, the person they think of is Myrna Brown of Denton, Texas. Myrna was an outstanding flutist who performed in well-known orchestras. But her powerful influence was felt most strongly by her five children and the many aspiring musicians she taught over the years. And her influence extended around the world as Myrna served for more than a dozen years as the executive coordinator for the National Flute Association, which now has thousands of members from more than 50 countries.

One of her former students described feeling nervous before her first lesson, but when she met Myrna, she said, “My nervousness disappeared.” She explained, “My new soft-spoken teacher introduced me to the many different aspects of the flute discipline.” The student added, “But most of all, she taught me to find confidence within myself.”1

That’s power. For Myrna, the flute was the means, but the method was her heart—helping others with gentleness and love.

One of those whom Myrna influenced is Jeannine Goeckeritz, now principal flutist in the Orchestra at Temple Square. Jeannine, like her mentor, looks for ways to influence others with her music. “To me, the flute represents more than beautiful music. It represents an opportunity to bless someone’s life—to bring people together, to lift them, maybe even to heal a wounded heart. That’s what Myrna Brown did for many people, and I hope I can do that too.”

The music of the flute is one of the oldest and most beautiful sounds in musical history. But the most beautiful music of all is the kind we create when we give of ourselves to influence others for good.

1. Berlinda A. Lopez, “A Tribute to Myrna Brown,” The Flutist Quarterly, Winter 1991, 11.