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Grundahl's "America the Beautiful" shines at inauguration

grundahlAs he listened to the San Francisco Girls and Boys Choruses sing before the inauguration of President Obama, Augsburg music instructor Nancy Grundahl’s husband thought he was hearing his wife’s work.

“My husband heard ‘America the Beautiful’ and recognized it,” Grundahl said, “and then my publisher confirmed that it was my arrangement a few hours later.”

Grundahl, director of the Augsburg Riverside Singers, originally wrote the arrangement of “America the Beautiful” on the day after 9/11. “I needed something uplifting for my children’s choir to sing in rehearsal,” she said. The choir sang the arrangement for the rest of that season, and it was published by Alliance in 2003. Continue reading “Grundahl's "America the Beautiful" shines at inauguration”