Our Mission

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Inviting singer and listener to thoughtful worship through artistic choral music sung skillfully.

Worship through song requires a heart tuned to God and a disciplined mind that is attentive to both words and music. Oasis Chorale is committed to nurturing this process in both singers and listeners.

Artistic music frequently challenges both singers and listeners. A voice does not automatically make a great singer, nor ears a thoughtful listener; we believe artistic music requires investment to be sung well and to be fully understood and appreciated. Oasis Chorale intends to help singers and audiences move one step forward in these skills.

 This mission entails risk. Beauty is powerful, and rightly delights and draws us. But if beautiful music draws our focus more toward the music or the musician than to God, it has failed its purpose. God is the source and essence of beauty; music is an expression of his beauty. It is our intent that our music be a powerful reflection of God’s excellent beauty. Yet we maintain that musical excellence is not an end in itself, but is a lens through which we perceive, understand, and relate to God.

Practical Implications

We intend that our singers will:

1. be students in a mobile choral classroom
2. move toward a mature understanding of the arts and music in the Kingdom
3. develop and give their gifts with openness and humility
4. develop friendships with others of similar interests

For our audiences, we hope to:

1. invite worship of Jesus Christ
2. provide moments of refreshment and reflection
3. be a catalyst for exploring the role of the arts in the Kingdom

Repertoire will include a variety of genres. Our intention is that part of our repertoire will be easily accessible to singers and audiences, and part of our repertoire will be stretching.

In rehearsal, there seems to be a natural progression from learning pitches and rhythms, to learning sensitive and accurate musical interpretation, to actually understanding a piece of music and how it relates to the rest of life. It is at this final stage that music most effectively functions as a lens through which to perceive God, and as a medium through which to praise Him. Completing this progression is time-consuming and intense, but we are committed to not aborting the process.

Our

Conductor

Wendell Nisly grew up on the plains of Kansas in a singing family and in a singing church, a heritage he values deeply. His parents enjoyed Handel’s Messiah, singing it almost annually, and thus Wendell cut his teeth both on great hymns and on choral music.

He completed a Bachelor of Music Education at Wichita State University. In 2003 he was invited to be conductor for the newly-formed Oasis Chorale.

Later, he and his wife moved to Virginia where he completed a Master of Choral Conducting at James Madison University. He also serves as administrator for the Shenandoah Christian Music Camp.

Wendell is interested in exploring how a keen awareness of God may inform our music-making, in both worship and daily life. He enjoys working with Oasis Chorale to unleash the creativity we have been given for our delight and God’s honor.

Oasis Chorale 2019 Members

Cari Nolt

Cari Nolt

Soprano

Ephrata, PA

Katherine Mullet

Katherine Mullet

Soprano

Dayton, VA

Wendi Martin

Wendi Martin

Soprano

Ephrata, PA

Esther Swartzentruber

Esther Swartzentruber

Alto

Lancaster, PA

Regina Brubaker

Regina Brubaker

Alto

Harrisonburg, VA

Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller

Tenor

Elnora, IN

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Tenor

Bourbon, IN

Tristan Mast

Tristan Mast

Tenor

Harrison, AR

Lavelle Beiler

Lavelle Beiler

Bass

Smoketown, PA

Phillip Weaver

Phillip Weaver

Bass

Lebanon, PA

Cynthia Mast

Cynthia Mast

Soprano

Millersburg, OH

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

Soprano

Lititz, PA

Bettina Yoder

Bettina Yoder

Alto

Lancaster, PA

Janice Kraemer

Janice Kraemer

Alto

Hawkesville, ON

Rosalie Beiler

Rosalie Beiler

Alto

Smoketown, PA

Derrick Yoder

Derrick Yoder

Tenor

Dover, DE

Micah Wadel

Micah Wadel

Tenor

Chambersburg, PA

Daniel Yutzy

Daniel Yutzy

Bass

Huntsville, AR

Lee Weaver

Lee Weaver

Bass

Myerstown, PA

Tony Beachy

Tony Beachy

Bass

Plain City, OH

Delight Yoder

Delight Yoder

Soprano

Bemidji, MN

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

Soprano

Elkhart, IN

Debbie Mann

Debbie Mann

Alto

Moro, IL

Kristin Nolt

Kristin Nolt

Alto

Ephrata, PA

Trenda Clugston

Trenda Clugston

Alto

McConnellsburg, PA

Evan Byler

Evan Byler

Tenor

Pennington, MN

Titus Barnhart

Titus Barnhart

Tenor

Waynesboro, GA

Gene Miller

Gene Miller

Bass

Partridge, KS

Leonard Mast

Leonard Mast

Bass

Harrison, AR

Travis Mast

Travis Mast

Bass

Harrison, AR

Jeanene Nisly

Jeanene Nisly

Soprano

Harrisonburg, VA

Sierra Herr

Sierra Herr

Soprano

Guys Mills, PA

Debbie Miller

Debbie Miller

Alto

Hillsville, VA

Laura Conley

Laura Conley

Alto

Mount Joy, PA

Charles Burkholder

Charles Burkholder

Tenor

Spring Mills, PA

Jared Shetler

Jared Shetler

Tenor

Hutchinson, KS

Trent Clugston

Trent Clugston

Tenor

Radiant, VA

John Strickler

John Strickler

Bass

Chambersburg, PA

Nevin Mast

Nevin Mast

Bass

Millersburg, OH