Ralph H. Farris Sr. sings “The Lord’s Prayer” with Nancy D. Farris

Ralph H. Farris Sr. was born on May 4, 1928. He died on August 19, 2006.

My dad had the most glorious voice I have ever heard. And this was the piece he was best known for. He and my mom Nancy made quite the team.

I’m guessing that this was recorded somewhere in Massachusetts by our dear friend Dick Arscott, at some very lucky couple’s wedding.

We love you, Pop. You are with us, always.


And here’s a serious blast from the past, for those who knew him back in the day… http://www.boychoirs.org/berkshire/berk009.html 

The Star-Spangled Banner


The Star-Spangled Banner

Arranged and Orchestrated by Ralph Farris

Performed by ETHEL in 2002

  • Ralph Farris, viola
  • Dorothy Lawson, cello
  • Todd Reynolds, violin
  • Mary Rowell, violin

Produced by Ralph Farris
Engineered by Lawrence Manchester

Click here for the smaller (6.8 MB mp3) download: The Star-Spangled Banner

Click here for the larger (32.3 WAV) download: The Star-Spangled Banner

Inspired by my work at St. Paul’s Chapel (“The Miracle Church”)  in 2001-’02, my string quartet arrangement of the National Anthem of The United States of America was completed on August 25, 2002. Written for ETHEL, the arrangement is performed here by the four original members of the group.

ETHEL premiered the piece on September 4, 2002 at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

It was next performed on September 11, 2002:

  • By the Saint Paul’s String Quartet at the Ground Zero 1st anniversary memorial ceremony
  • By ETHEL, in Berlin, Germany, at the House of World Cultures
ETHEL continues to perform the piece to this day.