About Sant Rajinder Singh….
His Holiness Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj (b. 1946) has worked tirelessly to awaken humanity to the spiritual legacy that lies within each and every one of us. For nearly twenty years he has traveled the world teaching people that meditation on the inner Light and Sound of God is the means by which we experience our true nature, our soul. Through books, discourses, conferences, workshops, and interviews, Sant Rajinder Singh has provided people with the practical steps needed to make spirituality part of our everyday life, and, by his own example, he has inspired countless thousands with a ruling passion to know God.
Sant Rajinder Singh does not charge for the services he provides. He treats spirituality as a gift of nature, and regards his role as that of humble conduit through which flows the grace of his spiritual preceptors, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj (1921 – 1989) and Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (1894 – 1974), two modern-day saints, who, along with their master, Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj (1858 – 1948) belong to a lineage of mystics, adepts, sants and satgurus that dates back to the beginnings of human existence. In India, the collective teachings of this lineage of masters is referred to as Sant Mat (“Sacred Teachings”), which in the West often translates as Path of the Masters.
Sant Rajinder Singh’s books include INNER AND OUTER PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION, EMPOWERING YOUR SOUL THROUGH MEDITATION, SPIRITUAL PEARLS FOR ENLIGHTENED LIVING, all published by Radiance Publishers, and SILKEN THREAD OF THE DIVINE, published by SK Publications. He serves as president of Science of Spirituality, a nonprofit, multi-faith organization with more than 1600 centers located in forty countries. His books and teachings have been translated into more than fifty languages. The US headquarters of Science of Spirituality is located at 4S 175 Naperville Road, Naperville, IL 60563. For more information, visit www.sos.org, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 630.955.1200.
About the Performers….
Barbara Collier, soprano, has performed with the Forum Opera Ensemble, Opera Piccola, the Georgetown Community Chorale, and the Continuum Chamber Singers, among other local groups in the Washington DC area. She has appeared in roles that include Susanna in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Madame Herz in Mozart’s Impresario, Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, and Lieschen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata. Barbara can also be heard on the Erato recording of Boris Gudunov (with Rostropovich and the National Symphony) in the women’s quartet that opens Act III.
Mary Ann Ryan, alto, joined her high school chorus twenty years ago at the age of fifteen, and has been singing ever since. She has participated in various local productions of Washington DC’s active community theater scene, and has produced and performed solo recitals. Her most recent, and on-going, project is a full-length recording of the music of The Carpenters.
Tom Mirenda, tenor, uses his range of two octaves and a fifth (low F to high C), perfect pitch, and superb sight-singing skills in both harmonic and melodic contexts. His diverse musical background includes popular and classical genres, and Tom has performed as a soloist in oratorio, opera, and musical theater across the country, from Hawaii to New York City.
Frank Plumer, bass, music director, and piano accompanist, began piano studies at the age of four, and has made music – as pianist, singer, conductor, composer and teacher – his life’s work. Equally at home with operatic, popular and jazz repertoires, Frank is in constant demand for bookings in Washington, New York and abroad. Career highlights include choral accompaniment in a performance at the Vatican, a rousing recent engagement at New York’s Firebird Café, and the many Washington social events he has graced with his playing and singing. Frank can be heard regularly at Washington’s Bombay Club, where he performs most Friday nights.
Guest artist Gloria Newcomb sings with husband David at various Washington-area venues, where they have introduced most of the songs on this CD. Gloria sings regularly with the Levine Community Singers, and studies with Levine School of Music choral director Lisa Shaw. Her previous engagements include the Georgetown Community Chorale.
About the Songwriter….
David Newcomb arranged the songs in this collection as concert versions of the Act I music of his musical play-in-progress, The Maestro, which celebrates the life and teachings of his master, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj. David has been writing his entire adult life, and is author of the novel HARRY’S ARK. He is a member of Songwriters’ Association of Washington (“SAW”) and a student at Levine School of Music.