Chowan to host church choir festival
    January 27 2010 by Chowan University Relations

    MURFREESBORO — Chowan University will host four local church choirs for a festival on Saturday, February 6th. Choirs will rehearse that day under the direction of Gregory Parker, professor of music at Chowan, and present a concert that evening.

    “This is a great opportunity for choir members to grow in their musicianship and to enjoy fellowship with singers from other churches,” said Parker, also the Chair of Chowan University’s Department of Music.

    Parker went on to say that choral singing is corporate worship, where individuals are not singled out.

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    Chowan University will host four church choirs Feb. 6.

    “We want to promote choral singing in the corporate worship lives of our congregations. Too much emphasis on individual soloists in worship experiences can develop an entertainment mentality in worship,” Parker explained, “Implying that only those who are ‘good enough’ should sing. Through choral singing, those with much talent and those with little unite heart, mind, and voice in praise of God.”

    Choirs from Eureka Baptist Church in Corapeake, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, First Baptist Church of New Bern, and Murfreesboro Baptist Church will participate in this year’s festival, with the choirs from Ahoskie, New Bern and Murfreesboro singing on their own.

    All choirs will combine to perform “Walk as Children of Light” by Daniel Kallman, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” arranged by Joel Raney, and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” arranged by Mark Hayes. Also, Cantare, the chamber vocal ensemble from Chowan University, will sing two selections to open the concert.

    The concert will begin at 7:00 pm in Turner Auditorium, located in the McDowell Columns Building. The doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 pm for seating, and admission to the concert is free.

    For more information about the concert or the Department of Music at Chowan University, contact us at (252) 398-6236 or at
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