Following rehearsal on March 17, 2015, Artistic Director, David Cherwien shared these thoughts with the choir regarding their preparation of Gretchaninoff's Passion Week:
We are deep into this marvelous work. It is mesmerizing music to be sure. Without a doubt it takes us into a different plane of being - losing a sense of time and space, to be sure. I'm amazed at how Gretchaninoff can take such a simple statement and make it achingly beautiful. It's taxing, though - don't let tension creep in - that's what will wear you out. Maybe we can do as I do with organ students: I just very lightly touch the shoulder when I see tension and it's like a release button. Should we do that for each other? Fortes do not need tension to be intense. Breath and support, indeed but not tension.