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Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra

After years spent contemplating and molding ideas, Dave Stahl formed The Sacred Orchestra in April of 1999. The group started as a 14-piece big band with 3 singers and immediately began to expand in size, adding more vocalists and instrumentalists until its current aggregation as a 23-piece studio orchestra with 10 female vocalists. Since its inception, The Sacred Orchestra with Dave Stahl has conducted numerous worship services in churches of many different denominations largely in the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania, from York, to Lebanon, to Kutztown, to Reading and Lancaster.

The mission of the Orchestra is to reach out to people of all ages and musical tastes through the great music of the church in resounding praise to God. The desire is to draw back into the church those who might have drifted away and hopefully reunite them with their local church and God. Spoken word, given primarily by the Orchestra members, is a key part of the worship services and the music highlights that spoken word.

The Sacred Orchestra with Dave Stahl is a 33-piece ensemble presenting sacred music programs in churches. Each program (worship service) features music and the spoken word incorporating well-loved hymns of the past as well as contemporary musical settings. Musical arrangements of the hymns are written in a cross-section of styles and are largely from the pens of Rodney Miller, Gary Topper, Dave Stahl, and Bob (Doc) Mulligan.

A group of 10 ensemble and solo vocalists are complimented by 4 woodwinds, 3 trombones, 4 trumpets, 2 French horns, string quartet, keyboards, synthesizer, bass (electric and acoustic), drums, percussion and the leader, Dave Stahl. From the still, quiet sounds of flutes to the glorious blaze of brass in resounding thunder the music and spoken word are an uplifting religious experience, bringing praise to God.

Note: The Sacred Orchestra is associated with First United Church of Christ in Carlisle, PA and once again anyone interested in giving a donation for The Sacred Orchestra may do so by sending a check earmarked for The Sacred Orchestra and payable to First UCC, 30 N. Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA 17013. Thank you!

Partial List of Repertoire

Amazing Grace
Awesome God
Bless This House
Blessed Assurance
Give Thanks
Glorify Thy Name
Great Is The Lord
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Hiding Place
Heavenly Hip-Hop
His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Holy, Holy, Holy/The Old Rugged Cross
How Great Thou Art
How Majestic Is Your Name
I Love To Tell The Story
In The Garden
Isn't He
Jacob's Ladder
Jesus Loves Me
Jesus Saves
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Lead On O King Eternal / Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us
No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus
O Christ The Same
Onward Christian Soldiers
Praise Him, Praise Him
Rock Of Ages
Standing On The Promises
Sweet By And By
There Rose A Lamb
What A Friend We Have In Jesus