2017 Fall Hymn Festival

Sunday, October 1,

Rehearsal: 2:30 p.m.
Service: 4:00 p.m.
Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
560 W. Olney Road, Norfolk
Co-sponsored by the American Organist Guild-Tidewater Chapter

To sing in the massed choir, call 757.455.3376 or email sbilly@vwu.edu.


Dr. Stephen Cook
First Presbyterian-Norfolk
Marjorie Setnicky
Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal-Norfolk
Geoffrey Bell
Hidenwood Presbyterian-Newport News
Bradley Norris
St. Andrew’s Episcopal-Newport News
Kevin Kwan
Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal-Norfolk

Choral Director:

Dr. Martin Sunderland
Eastern Shore Chapel-Virginia Beach

Hymns have played a vital role in worship since the earliest Christians gathered to worship the risen Christ. Congregational singing exploded anew with the Protestant Reformation and The Center for Sacred Music's annual Hymn Festival continues to encourage the great tradition of the people's song.

Various churches in the Hampton Roads area play host to the festival each October, and you can be a part of this great afternoon of singing by being part of a massed choir that leads the congregation in singing, and presents several special selections.

There is no charge to participate, and whether you bring your entire choir or come alone, you'll be inspired by the message of the Word, both sung and spoken, delight in the instruction of the guest conductors, and enjoy the fellowship of Christians in song.

For further details or to register, call the Center at 757-455-3376, or email sbilly@vwu.edu. Music will be provided in advance of the festival day. All choir members take part in one rehearsal at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the festival which follows at 4:00 p.m. Music should be learned in advance.