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Out of the Deep

by Golden Gate Men's Chorus, Joseph Piazza & GGMC Counterpoint Ensemble

“OUT OF THE DEEP”—these are the Songs of Ascent sung by the Golden Gate Men's Chorus. This collection of music of love, hope, and redemption includes eight GGMC favorites, and five GGMC commissions by Ešenvalds, Conte, Miškinis, Antognini, and Enns.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord
Golden Gate Men's Chorus & Joseph Piazza
2:56 $0.99
2. Psalm 130
Golden Gate Men's Chorus & Joseph Piazza
4:04 $0.99
3. Everyone Sang
Golden Gate Men's Chorus, Fred Cummins & Joseph Piazza
2:59 $0.99
4. Hvalite imia Ghospodne
Golden Gate Men's Chorus & Joseph Piazza
2:52 $0.99
5. I Will Lift up Mine Eyes
Golden Gate Men's Chorus & Joseph Piazza
4:57 $0.99
6. Glorificatio
Golden Gate Men's Chorus, Amy McKenzie, Fred Cummins & Joseph Piazza
7:43 $0.99
7. So Live Your Life
Golden Gate Men's Chorus & Joseph Piazza
4:07 $0.99
8. Surge amica mea
Golden Gate Men's Chorus & Joseph Piazza
5:44 $0.99
9. Entreat Me Not to Leave You
GGMC Counterpoint Ensemble & Joseph Piazza
5:52 $0.99
10. The Darkest Midnight
GGMC Counterpoint Ensemble, Fred Cummins & Joseph Piazza
2:53 $0.99
11. I Know I Been Changed
Golden Gate Men's Chorus, Alan Lee & Joseph Piazza
5:21 $0.99
12. Psaume 121
GGMC Counterpoint Ensemble & Joseph Piazza
2:47 $0.99
13. I Wan' to Be Ready
Golden Gate Men's Chorus, Fred Cummins & Joseph Piazza
3:21 $0.99
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Album Notes


My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord 2:56
Psalm 130 4:05
Everyone Sang 2:59
Hvalite imia Ghospodne 2:52
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes 4:57
Glorifiatio 7:42
So Live Your Life 4:07
Surge amica mea 5:43
Entreat Me Not to Leave You 5:52
The Darkest Midnight in December 2:53
I Know I Been Changed 5:22
Psaume 121 2:47
I Wan’ to Be Ready 3:21

Total time: 55:36
Copyright © ℗ 2016 Golden Gate Men’s Chorus.
All rights reserved.

Traditional Spiritual
Arranged by Moses Hogan (1957-2003)
TTBB adaptation by Peter Eklund
© 2011 Hal Leonard Corporation (ASCAP)

Refrain: My soul’s been anchored in the Lord,
Hallelujah, my soul’s been anchored in the Lord.

Before I’d stay in hell one day,
My soul’s been anchored in the Lord.
I’d sing and pray myself away.
My soul’s been anchored in the Lord. Refrain

Goin’ shout ‘n’ pray ‘n’never stop,
My soul’s been anchored in the Lord.
Until I reach the mountaintop,
My soul’s been anchored in the Lord. Refrain

Do you love Him, God almighty? Oh, yes!
Are you anchored? Oh, yes!
Will you serve Him, God almighty? Oh, yes!
Will you praise Him, God almighty? Oh, yes!

2. PSALM 130
Commissioned by the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus
Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977)
Text: Psalm 130:1-8
© 2016 Musica Baltica (PRS)

Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord!
Lord, hear my voice!
O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.
If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss:
O Lord, who may abide it?
For there is mercy with thee:
Therefore shalt thou be feared.
I look for the Lord; my soul doth wait for him:
In his word is my trust.
My soul fleeth unto the Lord:
Before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.
O Israel, trust in the Lord,
For with the Lord there is mercy
And with him is plenteous redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his sins.

3. EVERYONE SANG (from Songs of Love and War, No. 2)
Commissioned by the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus
David Conte (b. 1955)
text by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)
© 2011 E. C. Schirmer Music Company (ASCAP)
Peter Cho, primo piano, Fred Cummins, secundo piano

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields;
on—on—and out of sight.
Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away… O,but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless;
the singing will never be done.

Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)
Old Church Slavonic text from Psalm 135:1, 21; Ps. 136:1, 26
© 2009 Musica Russica, Inc.

Хвалите имя Господне, аллилуйия.
Хвалите, раби, Господа. Аллилуйия.
Благословен Господь от Сиона,
Живый во Иерусалиме. Аллилуйия.
Исповедайтеся Господеви, яко благ,
Яко в век милость Его. Аллилуйия.
Исповедайтеся Богу Небесному,
Яко в век милость Его. Аллилуйия.

Praise the name of the Lord. Alleluia.
Praise the Lord, O ye His servants. Alleluia.
Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
He who dwells in Jerusalem. Alleluia.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
For his mercy endures forever. Alleluia.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven. Alleluia.
For his mercy endures forever. Alleluia!

Commissioned by the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus
Vytautas Miškinis (b. 1954)
Text from Psalms 120 (121)
© 2012 V. Miškinis (LATGA)

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth,
and even for evermore.

René Eespere (b.1953)
Text by M. Talvet
Amy McKenzie, soprano; Fred Cummins, organ
© 1995 Eres Edition (GEMA)

Alleluia: lumen creator
Amor et custos et salvator,
Lumen excelsum æternum.

Alleluia: light creator
Love and guardian and saviour,
Highest light forever.

Commissioned by the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus
Ivo Antognini (b.1963)
Text by Chief Tecumseh (1768-1813)
© 2013 Ivo Antognini (SUISA)

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Trouble no one about their religion.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Prepare a noble song for the day you go over the great divide.
Sing your death song and die like a here going home.

Commissioned by the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus
Leonard Enns (b.1948)
Latin text from Song of Song, 2:10b-13
© 2012 Leonard Enns, Monarda Music (SOCAN)

Surge propera amica mea,
Formosa mea et veni.
Iam enim hiems transit;
Imber abiit et recessit.
Flores apparuerunt in terra;
Tempus putationis advenit.
Vox turturis audita est in terra nostra.
Ficus protulit grossos suos;
Vineæ florentes dederunt odorem.
Surge propera amica mea,
Formosa mea et veni!

Rise up my love,
My fair one and come away.
For lo the winter is past;
The rain is over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
The time of pruning has come.
The voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth her green shoots;
The blossoming vines give a lovely fragrance.
Rise up my love,
My fair one and come away!

Daniel E. Forrest, Jr. (b. 1978)
adapted from Ruth 1:16-17
© 2015 Fred Bock Music Company OBO Hinshaw Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Counterpoint, Giacomo DiGrigoli and Alan Lee, tenors

Entreat me not to leave you,
Nor to turn back from following after you.
For where you go, I will go;
And where you live, I will live;
Your people shall be my people,
And you God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
There will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If ought but death parts you and me,
Entreat me not to leave you.

Stephen Main (b. 1963)
Text traditional Irish adapted by the Rev. William Devereux (1696-1771)
Counterpoint, Stephen Main, piano
© 2014 Walton Music Corporation (ASCAP)

The darkest midnight in December,
No snow nor hail nor winter’s storm,
Shall hinder us to remember,
The Babe that on this night was born.

‘Twas but pure love that from above
Brought Him to save us from all harms;
Then let us sing and welcome Him,
The God of Love in Mary’s arms.

No costly gifts can we present Him,
No gold nor myrrh nor odors sweet;
But if with our hearts we can content Him,
We humbly lay them at His feet.

With Shepherds we are come to see
This lovely Infant’s glorious charms;
Born of a maid as prophets said,
The God of Love in Mary’s arms.

Traditional Spiritual
Arranged by Roy L. Belfield, Jr. (b. 1968)
© 2011 Shawnee Press, Inc. (ASCAP)
Alan Lee, tenor

Refrain: I know I been changed,
The angels in-a heaven done changed my name.

I stepped in the water ‘bout ankle deep,
‘Tis the old time religion, God knows it’s sweet. Refrain

I’m goin’ home on an angel’s wing.
If you don’t see me, you’ll hear me sing. Refrain

I prayed all night and all day, too.
And kept on prayin’ till I come through. Refrain

If you get there before I do,
Tell all my friends I’m coming, too. Refrain

12. PSAUME 121
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
French text by Paul Claudel after Psalm 121(122)
Public domain

Je me suis fondu de joie en ces choses qui m’ont été dites:
Nous irons dans la maison du Seigneur
Nos pieds se sont trop attardés en ces lieux qui te précédent.
Jérusalem, qui est édifiée comme une ville dont la participation est en elle même.
C’est là que sont montées les tribus en triomphe,
Les tribus du Seigneur ont monté.
Célébration qui est Israël
Pour rendre témoignage au Seigneur.
Là ces trônes en une grande assise
Au dessus de la demeure de David.
Que votre prière soit la paix qu’il y a dans Jérusalem!
Et l’abondance à ceux qui l’aiment!

Que la paix soit dans ta vertu et l’abondance dans la couronne
de tes tours.
A cause de tes frères et de tous ceux qui m’approchent
Je parlais de toi, Pacifique.
A cause de la demeure du Seigneur votre Dieu
J’ai cherché le bonheur en Toi.

I was glad when they said to me:
Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet have lingered too long in those places that preceded you.
Jerusalem, which is built as a city bound firmly together in unity.
It was thither that in triumph the tribes,
The tribes of the Lord have gone up.
The celebration of Israel
To give witness to the Lord.
There are the thrones set for judgment
Over the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
And for prosperity to those who love it!

May peace be in your virtue and prosperity within
the crowns of your towers.
For my brethren and all those who approach me
I will say of you, Peace.
Because of the house of the Lord our God
I sought prosperity in you.

William L. Dawson (1899-1990)
© 1978 Scion Five Music LLC, OBO Music Press (ASCAP)
Kenn Keitt, tenor; Fred Cummins, piano

Refrain I wan’ to be ready, I wan’ to be ready, I wan’ to be ready,
To walk in Jerusalem just like John.

John said the City was just foursquare,
An he declared he’d meet me there.
I ain’ a been to heav’n but I’ve been told,
That the gates are pearl an’ the streets are gold. Refrain

You say your Lord has set you free,
Why don’ you let your neighbor see.
I never shall forget the day
When Jesus washed my sins away. Refrain


The Golden Gate Men’s Chorus is a select group of 50 men, representing the ethnic and social diversity of San Francisco, who share a common love of choral music. The GGMC rehearses on Tuesday evenings at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. The GGMC presents spring, summer, and winter programs annually, in addition to numerous guest and community benefit performances throughout the year.

Founded in 1982, the Golden Gate Men's Chorus is dedicated to giving voice to the gay community through song. The Chorus is committed to excellence and joyous music-making; providing a supportive and nurturing atmosphere for our members' artistic and social self-expression; and sharing and expanding the rich and continuing tradition of male choral music. The GGMC continues to broaden its musical repertoire and to grow as an arts organization. Read more about us at www.ggmc.org.

COUNTERPOINT is a small ensemble of the Golden Gate Men's Chorus. Founded in 1998 by former music director Joseph Jennings, Counterpoint specializes in a cappella repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary new music. With voice parts ranging from countertenor to bass, Counterpoint is rapidly gaining a reputation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for its artistry, its varied repertoire, and its engaging performances


Joseph Piazza received his musical degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He is the Music Director of Piedmont High School Acappella Choir and the founding director of ECCO, the alumni chorus of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, representing outstanding high school vocalists from the Bay Area.

Under the his direction, the Piedmont Acappella Choir has toured the People’s Republic of China, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Hungary, and Germany. In 2007, the choir performed John Rutter’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, with John Rutter conducting. In 2008, on the occasion of Handel’s 200th birthday, the choir performed Messiah in Halle, Germany. In 2003 and 2005, the Acappella Choir received Gold Medals at the Musica Mundi International Choir competitions in Budapest, and Venice. In 2002, the choir was one of four featured at the Festival of Choirs under the direction of Vance George, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and again in 2010 performing with Chanticleer. The chorus again appeared at Carnegie Hall in 2011, 2012, and most recently in March of this year.

Mr. Piazza has served on the faculty of the Jazz School in Berkeley, as former associate music director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and is currently the music director of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus in San Francisco. He has studied choral conducting and rehearsal techniques with Vance George in private study and work with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Mr. Piazza has appeared at the Saranac Lake summer choral festival where he conducted the Gregg Smith Singers and worked with Dennis Keene and Gregg Smith. He has also studied solfège and ear training with renowned master teacher Erzsebet Hegyi.

Mr. Piazza has been teaching at Piedmont High School since 1989, where he has been honored with the Lois J. Rawlings Foundation Award for outstanding teaching. He is also the director of the prestigious music theory and composition program at Piedmont High School, where he teaches Advanced Placement music courses. Mr. Piazza has also studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, acted professionally, directed, and choreographed. In May 2010, Mr. Piazza was appointed as Music Director of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus.

Mr. Piazza conducted GGMC at the American choral director’s Western Division Regional Convention in February of 2014 and at the World Choir Games in July 2014 in Riga, Latvia, where GGMC was awarded gold medals in the "Musica Sacra with Accompaniment" and "Male Choirs" Champions Competitions and a silver medal in the "Spiritual" Champions Competition.


Joseph Piazza, Music Director
Fred Cummins, Accompanist

Karl Brown
Jorell Chavez
Fausto Daos*
Giacomo DiGrigoli*
Chris Garigliano
Kenn Keitt
Andrew MacDonald*
Stephen Prestwood*
Richard Rosser*
Matt Shirer
Sam Zoranovich

Eric Barnes
Michael Begale
Robert Chan
Peter Cho
Chris Fernandez
Sean Foley
Alfred Gilbert
Thomas Grothe
Matt Gubens
Jake Holguin
Alan Lee*
Fred Peipman*
Andrew Pelfini
Paul Ryder
Stephen Simko*
Dalton Ward
Patrick Wilson

Justin Bours
Mario Champagne*
Michael Chen
Jason Cherry*
Allen Foster
Danny Givertz
Kipp Glass
Charles Hill
Greg James
Tri Luong
Jay Nancarrow*
Eric Nefstead
Lawrence Novida*
David Priest
Michael Richardson
David Rossi

Roger Bass*
Fred Baumer
Andrew Berger
Jim Bohannon*
Adam Cunha
Warren Fourie
Lynn Green
Matthew Hirschtritt
Gary Humbarger
John Jung
Randall Kikukawa*
Joshua Lewis
Tony Mauro
David Parkinson
Albert Sammons, Jr.*
Jeffrey Spencer
Mel Stenger
Bill Treddway



Richard Rosser - Chair
Randall Kikukawa - CFO
Sean Foley - Secretary
Joseph Piazza - Music Director
Michael Begale
Jason Cherry
Fred Cummins
Thomas Grothe
David Priest


Stephen Simko – President
Tony Mauro – Vice-President
Tri Luong - Secretary/Treasurer


The Golden Gate Men’s Chorus is proud to be supported by the San Francisco Grants for the Arts.


Producer and Director: Joseph Piazza
Project Manager: Jason Cherry
CD Artwork and Designer: Brian Porea, Liberty & Church Communication Design
Recording Engineer: David v.R. Bowles, Swineshead Productions LLC
Assistant Recording Engineer: Boby Borisov, MPBM, LLC
Editing & mastering by David v.R. Bowles, Swineshead Productions LLC
Recorded at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA,
October 10, 2014 – May 24, 2016


The GGMC is a proud founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, Inc. Founded in 1982 by fourteen choruses, GALA Choruses leads the North American LGBT choral movement The mission of GALA Choruses is “empowering LGBT Choruses as we change our world through song.” By fostering the artistic and administrative development of member choruses through a wide variety of programs and services, GALA Choruses produces choral festivals, educational conferences, and several publications. GALA Choruses engages in advocacy; assists emerging choruses; facilitates networking within the Association; and serves as a resource center for choruses and individual Associates. Since its inception GALA Choruses has produced nine international festivals, provided more than $40,000 in matching grants for commissioned works, and has offered more than 35 conferences and vocal training workshops. GALA Choruses supports 10,000 singers from more than 190 choruses in North America, singing to audiences totaling more than one million individuals. GALA Choruses holds the vision of “a world where all voices are free.” For more information about GALA Choruses and its programs, visit www.galachoruses.org.

Copyright © 2016 Golden Gate Men’s Chorus.
All rights reserved.

Errata in album tracks:

“I Wan’ to be Ready” - Kenn D. Keitt, tenor solo
“The Darkest Midnight in December” - Stephen Main, piano
"Entreat Me Not to Leave You” - Giacomo DiGrigoli, Alan Lee, tenor solos
“Everyone Sang” - Peter Cho, primo piano; Fred Cummins, secondo piano



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