Mass Setting: Mass of the Chesapeake

Mass of the Chesapeake, recorded live with my iPad

 Mass of the Chesapeake

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Composed specifically for Immaculate Conception Church and dedicated to pastor emeritus Fr. Robert E. French, I took the spiritual depth of the parish, singers and musicians in account, composing so that each part will continue that full engagement of  sung prayer. On Holy Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2015, Fr. French co-presided with Fr. Sean Prince when he first heard the Mass of the Chesapeake in its entirety.

Live Recording Mass of the Chesapeake

Musical Notes:
Elements of rhythms and harmonic idiom in Mass of the Chesapeake provide a wonderful spirit and feeling of the multi-cultural richness at ICC. I was ever attentive to compose a setting that was inviting and sing-able – but also possessing instrumentation that would challenge the abilities of musicians and choir. This consideration added an “ownership” of shared musicality for a powerful and prayerful experience of Vatican II liturgy.
Music © 2015, Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder. All rights reserved.

Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder

PO Box 74
Lightfoot, VA 23090-0074
tmyoder@gmail.com

Biography

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Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder, musician, teacher and composer is the pastoral music director for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hampton and a founding member of Musica Intima, a chamber trio.  She taught high school music at Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, VA.  Under her direction, the students performed around the world including the 2008 Pre-Olympics festivities in Beijing and Shanghai, China and for the 2012 Olympics in London, England, as well as various liturgies with both Pope Benedict and in 2014, Pope Francis.    Teresa studied composition with John Davye and piano with Elizabeth Pappas at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.  During three summer institutes, she studied conducting and sang under the direction of Paul Salamunovich. Teresa attended a summer choral seminar at Julliard, studying with Judith Clurman.

Teresa’s compositions and arrangements have been performed at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, Old Dominion University, University of Richmond, Scherzo Music Club, Tidewater Music Teachers Forum and various churches and schools in Virginia, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. She also conducted choral workshops and assisted with the music for various Diocese of Richmond functions and served on the Diocese of Richmond Liturgical Commission.  In 1995, Teresa was awarded a grant from NASA for study with the Virginia Institute of Technology. She was also awarded a grant from the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce for a study with her students on implementing music technology with colonial tavern music. Teresa was awarded another Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce grant for a study on Native American Indian music and dance with her students. She also was presented with the St. Vincent College Outstanding Teacher Award.  She has been awarded  commissions for her compositions including her work for the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus.

Teresa resides in Williamsburg, VA with her husband Gene in their home they built together.

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