Recordings: Overview


Here is a quick overview of recordings in TortoiseClimbingAudio's current and planned pipeline, in alphabetical order.

To see more details about any of them, click on the dropdown submemu in the upper left, and then click on your choice of which recording topic you want to be transferrd to the detailed webpage.

Annaplois High School Choirs, 1959: The Crucifixion

This is TortoiseClimbingAudio's 2nd album for public release, and the 4th it has been involved with. (The 1st public release is the Hymns and Songs for Living, see below.)

When David was in high school, in 1959 the choral music director, Robert F. Kunkle, produced performances of John Stanier's The Crucifixion. A master tape was edited together of the "best-of's" from the performances, and a limited number of monophonic LPs were pressed for private release.

Participating in the performances were Mr. Kunkle's: mixed chorus; two women's choruses; and soloists from the choirs with members drawn from the graduating classes of 1959, 1960 and 1961.

Because no one involved in making the original audio recordings of the performances knew anything about making a record, and because mastering was virtually unknown when that record was produced, the resulting edited together "best-of" performances contained multiple volume changes throughout the LP where the best-of performances were spliced together.

Since then, several things have come together making it possible to provide a mastered version of that recording sounding as it was originally envisioned:

  1. Digital mastering is now commonly available, and can address virtually all of the shortcomings in the LP recording's audio; and
  2. The beginning of 2023 the score for The Crucifixion will become public domain.

The combination of these means it is now pracical to create and provide free copies of this recording. Therefore, TortoiseClimbingAudio plans to rectify shortcomings of that record by producing the first ever Digitally Mastered version of those performances from the LP recording of the choirs' performances.

The plan is the beginning of 2023 to make versions of digital audio files of that mastered recording available for free download from this website. (Provision of a CD version at cost is also being researched.) Those interested in obtaining a copy of this mastered album may include:

For more information you can:

You can provide your preference input by clicking on the button at the bottom of the AHS download page labled "Click to provide comment".

History Through 26 Hymns and Songs (Audio Book)

Work on this is expected to begin prompltly after completion of the book. That is anticipated to be in 2023. Work on this will likely be concurrent with work on Nostalgic Solos.

Hymns & Songs for Living

Hymns and Songs for Living is the 4th album TortoiseClimbingAudio has been involved with. However, it is the 1st planned for public release, rather than for limited private release.

The 1st album produced was for private release in 1991 for family and friends. It is planned to update and re-release it as the 3rd publically released album under the title Nostolgic Solos. Following recording that album in 1991, TortoiseClimbing Audio was in the process of producing the album now titled Romantic Duets. Work on that album was put on hold to produce Hymns and Songs for Living.


Note. The album Hymns and Songs for Living is accompanied by the companion publication, History Through 26 Hymns and Songs. (See Publications for details.) Following public release of this album and its companion ebook, the plan is to produce an audio book version of the ebook.


The Hymns and Songs album came about after David's father died in late 1996. In Spring of 1998, some months before his mother also would die, she requested TortoiseClimbingAudio create a quality recording of selections chosen from their favorite hymns and several religious songs. They then jointly selected those for inclusion on the album:

  1. The hymns included were selected from hymnals his parents had collected over their lives as their respective churches replaced them with newer hymnals, plus
  2. The non-hymn religious songs included were selected from several sources:

A number of musicians were involved, both instrumental and vocal, bringing their wealth of training, experience and skills to this project. Credits for each participant are included on individual webpages of this website.

Most recording contained on Hymns and Songs for Living are public domain, except:

For the contemporary christian song "Welcome Home", Ms. Kathy Brigman Haupt, the author and composer gave TortoiseClimbingAudio permission to arrange and record this first public release of her song as part of Hymns and Songs for Living.


Work to complete the Hymns and Songs for Living album extended over a number of years, divided into 2 widely separated Phases. A summary of how that project evolved is provided inside the window below.


Phase I

Phase I of the recording began immediately after his mother's request in Spring 1998. Ms. Gerber-Salins became producer, vocal arranger for harmony on several hymns, audio engineer, and a significant duet partner on many numbers. Vocals on this album are a mix of solo, duet, and multi-part harmonies. Ms. Gerber-Salins' voice is part of many of the numbers. Plus, she sings the lead on her original arrangement of "Were You There."

After his mother's death, work slowed. Then in about 2004, because of preemptions in the lives of both David and Ms. Gerber-Salins, TortoiseClimbingAudio put this project on hold for a number of years.

Phase II

Phase II resumed in January 2019, when David again had time, and TortoiseClimbing™ undertook completion of this project. At that time, Ms. Gerber-Salins' life was wrapped into other endevors. Fortunately, the notes and knowledge developed working with her both during the Phase I recordings, and the brainstorming sessions on analyses for future work (undertaken in Phase II) enabled David to take on the Producer's rule.

For Associate Producer and audio recording engineer, TortoiseClimbingAudio was able to return to working with Mr. Bill McElroy at his new enterprise, SlippedDisc™.

Based on notes developed with Ms. Gerber-Salins during the pause between Phase I and II, various augmentations were added to the overall project, including:

In addition TortoiseClimbing™ took on the related efforts to:

In 2022, Ms. Gerber-Salins again became available for limited assistance in completing Phase II. It is being explored whether:

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Kathy's Songs

Many thanks to Ms. Kathy Brigman Haupt, the composer of "Welcome Home" for granting Tortoise ClimbingAudio permission to create an arrangement for her song, "Welcome Home" and make the 1st recording, which is included on "Hymns and Songs for Living".

She previously in her youth wrote several other contemporary christian songs. TortoiseClimbing Audio proposed creating arrangements for each and recording a small album containing Kathy's other songs. As of 2022, Ms. Haupt is currently reluctant to have that done.

Nostolgic Solos

Plans include revisiting and publically releasing that 1st solo album, and possibly writing a simple companion publication. Nostolgic Solos was the 1st simple, solo album TortoiseClimbingAudio produced for private release in 1991 for David's friends and family. It is ballads from the 1930's through WW II and a few decades afterward about values that make life worth living. It includes songs about: love; loss; sorrow; bereavement, dedication; and needed social change. The original acompaniment for many of the songs is solo piano, while several use prerecored Karaoke tracks as the accompaniment. (The possibility of slightly augmenting the accompaniments will be investigated.)

Work on this is anticipated to be concurrent with production of the audio book for History Through 26 Hymns and Songs.

Plans are to:

This project is scheduled to begin after completion of:

Work on Nostalgic Solos includes:

There will be the issue of copyright royalty requirements, since all those songs are under copyright.

Romantic Duets

Note. Work on this will likely take place after completion of the ebook for "History Through 26 Hymns and Songs."


In 1993 when Mr. McElroy left Bias, Ms. Gerber-Salins became TortoiseClimbingAudio's the lead audio engineer and co-producer. Having recently completed the Nostalgic Solos, work began on what was conceptualized as a duet album of then popular romantic songs, primarily from the 1970's through the early 1990's. All accompaniments are prerecored Karaoke tracks. (This album is also largely in the style of ballads.)

Over the next 4 years TortoiseClimbingAudio gradually recorded materials for that project. (As noted above, work on that album was put on hold in 1998 to focus on the Hymns and Songs for Living.)

Production was ongoing on that private album at the time David's mother requested TortoiseClimbingAudio produce a quality recording for Hymns and Songs for Living. Thus, all work on this project was put on hold.

The analogue materials from the master tapes for the Romantic Duets album are converted to digital. However, previously completed work on that album is in much more of a draft form. No decision has been made about work on completing those draft recordings and a public release.


That recording would also have to deal with copyright royalty requirements.



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