Last March, during the ACDA convention in Dallas, Dr. Staheli and I met up and talked about the possibility of writing an arrangement for the combined choirs and philharmonic at BYU for their annual Christmas concert. After a few ideas, we settled on an arrangement of “I Wonder as I Wander,” based on an Appalachian folk hymn.
I love the haunting, reflective feeling of this Christmas hymn. The themes of solitude, pondering, awe, and grace are the feelings I associate most with Christmas. Yes, the jubilance, and cheer of Christmas is also important and inviting, but I find myself still drawn to the warmth of this hymn over and over again. Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like Christmas is coming until I hear this specific song.
I’m very excited to hear this! If the concert isn’t already sold out, you should attend!