Resources for "Sing Out, Davies!"

Welcome! We're delighted you'll be participating in the Sing Out, Davies! choral workshop on November 30, 2014, led by San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin.

Everything you need to know about the workshop is on this page. If you have questions, please contact Lolly Lewis, Community of Music Makers Program Administrator, at or (415) 503-5344.

Download your music!

A note about part assignments:

For this workshop, some of the music is divided into 6 parts, as follows:
WOMEN: High, Middle, Low
MEN: High, Middle, Low

And some of the music is divided into 8 parts, as follows:
Soprano 1 and 2, Alto 1 and 2, Tenor 1 and 2, Bass 1 and 2

Please look at your chorus resources email to find your part assignments.


Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?

In six parts: high/middle/low for women and high/middle/low for men.
Sing your high/middle/low part as assigned



In four parts: please sing your regular part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass)



WOMEN: sing high/middle/low as assigned
(in the last verse please sing your voice part 1 or 2 as assigned)
MEN: sing your voice part 1 or 2 as assigned



Workshop Details and Logistics

  • Admission is by ticket only. All workshop participants should have a PARTICIPANT ticket. If you invited guests to see you play at Davies Symphony Hall, they will not need a ticket. See below for more information for Observers. For any questions about tickets or registration, please call the Symphony Box Office: (415) 864-6000 (Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, noon-6pm).

  • PARTICIPANTS: Plan to arrive at the Davies Symphony Hall entrance on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin, between 6:00 and 6:15pm. Doors will open shortly after 6:00pm. All participants will need to be seated on stage before the workshop begins promptly at 6:30pm.
  • During the course of the workshop, participants will be escorted to the various Davies Symphony Hall rehearsal spaces for sectionals, led by Chorus Mentors. Entry to the stage area is via a short staircase. Wheelchair-accessible entry is available; if you need alternative access without stairs, please contact Community of Music Makers to alert us, and plan to arrive a little early and ask for assistance.
  • Paid parking may be available at the Performing Arts Garage (1/2 block from Davies Symphony Hall).
  • Participants will be provided with sheet music at the workshop.
  • Dress is casual; please wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and refrain from using scented products (hair spray, perfume, etc.).
  • There will be a break during the workshop, and workshop participants will be provided with coffee, tea, and cookies backstage. Restrooms are available during the break period, and participants may user their cell phones during this time.

  • OBSERVERS: Your seats will be in the Loge section. Note that this is a working session and you may not be able to hear the instructions given onstage. Please enter through the Symphony Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin. Observers will be free to come and go (quietly) as they wish. Observers may exit to the lobby to use their cell phones. Restrooms will be available in the Loge lobby.
  • Observers are welcome to take non-flash photographs from the Loge, using silent hand-held cameras (no tripods please!). Please note that audio recording and videotaping is not allowed.
  • Observers are not allowed on or backstage, or in the orchestra section of Davies Symphony Hall. We ask that observers respect the educational environment of the workshop, and engage in quiet observation throughout the evening.
  • During the last hour of the workshop we will feature a run-through of the workshop music. Observers may choose to attend the run-through only. Plan to arrive by about 8:45 as the run-through will begin at approximately 9:00pm.


Listen to the Repertoire


Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?

Movement 2: Lasset uns unser Herz

Performed by Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.

Movement 3 (a and b): Siehe wir preisen, Die Geduld Hiob

Performed by Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.


How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place

Performed by St. George's Chapel Choir, Windsor Castle, Roger Judd, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.


Silent Night (sung in Finnish - we will sing in English)

Performed by Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Timo Nuoranne, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.



Additional Rehearsal Tools



Lasset uns unser Herz samt den Händen aufheben zu Gott im Himmel.

Siehe, wir preisen selig, die erduldet haben.

Die Geduld Hiob habt ihr gehöret,
Und das Ende des Herrn habt ihr gesehen;
Denn der Herr ist barmherzig und ein Erbarmer!

Let us lift up our hearts, together with our hands, to God in heaven.

Behold, we value them as blessed who have endured.
You have heard of the patience of Job,
And the Lord’s conclusion you have seen:
For the Lord is merciful and has compassion!

Pronunciation guide

Maestro Bohlin discusses the rolled "R" in singing German




Practice Tracks for Individual Parts
Professionally recorded rehearsal tracks by Matthew Curtis


practice tracks





More about the Music: Suggested Reading & Listening

Brahms: A German Requiem and Motet: Warum ist das licht gegeben?

Recordings: For A German Requiem,  Herbert Blomstedt leading the San Francisco Symphony and SFS Chorus with soloists Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz and Wolfgang Holzmair (Decca/London)  |  Otto Klemperer conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus and soloists Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, (EMI Classics)  

For Warum ist das licht gegeben?, RIAS Chamber Choir conducted by Marcus Creed (Harmonia Mundi) |

Collegium Vocale Ghent conducted by Philippe Herreweghe (Phi) | For a unique one-on-a-part interpretation, Voces8 (Signum Classics)

Reading: Brahms, by Malcolm Macdonald, in the Master Musicians series (Oxford)  |  Johannes Brahms: A Biography, by Jan Swafford (Vintage)  |  Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters, a collection of correspondence translated and edited by Styra Avins (Oxford University Press)  |  “Encountering Brahms,” by Larry Rothe, in For the Love of Music, by Michael Steinberg and Rothe (Oxford University Press)

Gruber (arr. Miessner) Silent Night (Den heliga natt)

Recordings: Mälmo Chamber Choir led by Dan-Olof Stenlund (BIS) | Lund Korallerna Girls Choir and Lund Cantores Cathedrales conducted by Eva Bohlin (BIS-Northern Lights)