This is the Sanctus from Maurice Duruflé’s setting of the “Requiem.” I chose it because it was the first choral piece I ever sang, with my high school choir. M. Duruflé conducted our performance, and his wife, Marie, was the organist. With a first-ever concert like that, it’s no wonder I wound up making a career in choral music! (And when Robert Shaw conducted the Chorale in a performance of this same piece in the 1990s, he mentioned that he was using tempi from a concert recording of “a wonderful American high school choir conducted by the composer back in 1971.” Yup, that would be the same concert I sang in. Featuring the Yale Glee Club directed by Minnesotan Jeffrey Douma, whose brother Greg is married to David Nordli’s daughter, Kari.