Great Songs Chapel
Great Songs Chapel meets every Friday from 11:00 to 11:20 am in Judd Theatre on the Oklahoma Christian University campus. This special Chapel gathering met for the first time on October 23, 2009. On that day, we sang the following songs:
Great Songs Chapel has become a weekly tradition since that date. On a typical day, almost 300 students, faculty, and staff members will come together to sing the selected songs. Few in this group have any formal training, but all love to sing these great songs. We continue to be amazed at the way a completely self-selected group can blend together and make such beautiful music – with no rehearsal or practice.
The purpose of Great Songs Chapel (GSC) is to give participants an opportunity to sing some of the greatest songs ever been written for the purpose of praise and worship to God the Father, his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. As a rule, the songs selected for GSC will have been written prior to 1950. Many are more than 100 years old, and some were first sung hundreds of years ago. For our purposes, a “great song” must have stood the test of time. Of course, we believe that many of the newer songs we sing today will eventually achieve “Great Songs” status, too.
A cappella Singing
One of the practices in most churches of Christ is a cappella singing – singing without use of pianos, organs, or other musical instruments. A cappella means “in the style of the chapel.” Most of these songs have parts for four voices – soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.
Beginning in January 2010, we started to record GSC. The recordings are organized on this site alphabetically, by the date sung, and in thematic playlists.
When you listen to these recordings, you will hear a live recording in a somewhat uncontrolled environment. You will sometimes hear doors closing or other extraneous sounds. From time to time, there is coughing and throat clearing. The songs are being sung without any rehearsal. Because many of these songs are not sung frequently today, the participants sometimes struggle with timing or rhythms. Many of the students are sight reading as they sing a song for the very first time.
That being said, you will probably be amazed that these recordings sound as good as they do. We think you will be inspired to hear the OC community singing these great songs with such enthusiasm and ability.
We want to give special thanks to James Tackett and The Paperless Hymnal. His very generous gift of resources from The Paperless Hymnal has made this effort a much better experience than it would have been otherwise. We highly recommend The Paperless Hymnal to any group wanting to sing Christian hymns and songs without the use of paper copies or books.