An American Celebration
Welcome to the Concert
Principal Conductor : Michael Runyan
Accompanists : Pam Runyan and
Narration : Ramona Ross
Invocation by Angie Owens
The Star-Spangled Banner
Arr. Michael Runyan
You’re a Grand Old Flag
Arr. Michael K. Runyan and Pamela G. Runyan
God of Our Fathers
Arr. Daved Len Allen
Shall We Gather at the River
Setting by John Carter
Soloist Joe Cowden
The Battle of Jericho
Arr. Moses Hogen
Distant Land (A Prayer for Freedom)
By John Rutter
Armed Forces – The Pride of America
Arr. Greg Gilpin
God Bless the USA
Words and Music by Lee Greenwood
Arr. Michael K. Runyan
Soloist Mike Eason
America the Beautiful
Arr. Mary McDonald
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Arr. Peter J. Wilhousky
Be Prepared to Sing Along on the last verse!
Benediction by Clayton Gibbs
Please join us for refreshments following the performance in the cultural hall located behind the chapel.
Michael Runyan has been making music as a composer, arranger, performer, and conductor for
many years. He was born in San Diego and raised in Denver, where he began piano studies at age six and played trumpet and horn in school.
Michael began composing and arranging in high school and studied composition at Brigham Young University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, ultimately receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has created hundreds of orchestral, choral, church, and teaching compositions and arrangements, many in collaboration with his wife Pamela.
During college, Michael freelanced as an arranger, music copyist, gigging pianist, synthesizer
programmer, and studio musician. In 1986, he joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, to head their music preparation operation, and was an integral part of many pops and theatrical productions for almost 30 years. During this time, he also had an active career as a harmonica soloist, specializing in classical and theme-based performances with orchestras.
Michael’s conducting experience includes church choirs, school showchoirs, and professional
orchestras, to which he brings his meticulous attention to detail, preparation, style, and
Michael and Pamela moved to Nashville in 2018. They are the parents of four children.
Pamela Runyan was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She started piano lessons at age six and began composing soon thereafter. Pamela played in dance bands through high school and
college and studied piano and music composition at Brigham Young University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree.
Pamela has decades of experience as a piano and organ accompanist and pedagogue. She collaborates with her husband Michael composing choral anthems, showchoir arrangements, and
orchestral works. Between them, they have over 100 publications and have had many performances in North America and Europe.
Pamela is also a certified water aerobics instructor and personal trainer.
Ramona Ross is a retired United States Army veteran who currently works as a Nurse Manager for Tennessee Valley Health Care System. She is originally from Columbus Ohio but has traveled extensively finally settling in Middle Tennesse in 1990. She enjoys cooking for her family, crafts, and writing. She was recently profiled in a documentary produced by the VA on Veteran Nurses.
Katie Holder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and is a piano teacher and accompanist.
She has been playing piano since age six and has been singing in choirs since she was nine. Katie
and her calico cat, Lucy, are from Anaheim, California, where they attempted to live at
Disneyland for many years. Both currently reside in Greenbrier, Tennessee, and greatly enjoy
Joe Cowden joined the Nashville Community Choir in 2017 and has enjoyed every moment! He also sings in the Bellevue Presbyterian choir and serves as an officer there. He loves the way the Nashville Community Choir emphasizes the values he feels are most important and singing beautiful Christ-centered music. He is excited for his first soloist performance this concert.
Mike Eason has enjoyed singing as a member of the Nashville Community Choir for several years. He serves on the choir's board as Production and Facilities Chair and also serves as a Tenor Section leader. He has been a featured soloist in most of the choir's self-produced concerts, but feels more comfortable giving God all the glory than drawing any attention to himself.