The Black Plague: Infecting Faith & Art
with Joyce Howell and Mary Charlotte Elia

When: September 30, 2020 at 12:00p.m.

Mary Charlotte Elia, VWU '03, early church scholar, explores the changes in theology and practice in the Christian Church as it trudged through the catastrophe that was Great Plague of the 14th century, and Dr. Joyce Howell, VWU Professor of Art History, examines the effect on artists at the time, and the works that followed after.


Mary Charlotte Elia
Dr. Joyce Howell

Music of the Mayflower: Communal Music in a Time of Isolation

When: November 12, 2020 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Bianca Hall, Lecturer in Music at Old Dominion University, is joined by Dr. Sandy Fryling (St. Patrick Cathedral, London OH), William Rowley (Lecturer, California State University-Fullerton), Joel Nesvadba (bass, Los Angeles CA), and Dr. Jason Yoshida (Lecturer, University of Southern California) in a virtual concert and question/answer period on music that passengers on the Mayflower brought with them, the music they would have known, and music about mariners of their time.  The presentation demonstrates the resilience of individuals, both those who braved the Atlantic voyage, and also 21st-century musicians who continue to find ways to connect with others in this time of Covid-distancing.

FREE. Presented by the ARTS@VWU and the Wesleyan Sacred Music Institute. For Zoom registration, contact Sandi Billy at sbilly@vwu.edu.

Surprise! You're Now an Online Worship Expert  (You are, aren't you?) 
with CJ Redden-Liotta and Martha Jones Burford

Dr. CJ Redden-Liotta (Vienna Baptist-Vienna VA) and Martha Jones Burford (Grace Episcopal-Lexington VA) share ideas for creating meaningful online worship & short services geared to YOUR congregation, as well as ideas that will help in a return to in-person worship.  Paul Vasile, executive director of Music That Makes Community stops by for a short visit!

Long-Distance Musical Collaborations

Mary Charlotte Elia will show the process of producing a side-by-side video using a recording produced by a pianist in one location and a singer in another in this practical tutorial.  You'll gain skills to create special music videos for online worship, plus tips & basic editing techniques for programs like GarageBand and I-Movie.  These skills will offer the building blocks needed for more elaborate projects involving choirs and large ensembles. 

Tender Loving Care for Corona-Time Choirs

Are you at a loss as to how to keep choir members engaged and inspired when 'distancing' requires the exact opposite of all the goals you've worked to achieve with your singers and instrumentalists?

The Wesleyan Sacred Music Institute at Virginia Wesleyan University offers a FREE webinar this Tuesday, May 5, 2020, from 10-11:00am (Eastern) to explore ideas with panelists Billye Brown Youmans (Director of Music at Great Bridge Presbyterian-Chesapeake VA, and member of the VWU Performing Artist faculty (voice), Sylvia Chapa (Director of Music Ministries at Church of the Holy Family-Virginia Beach VA), and Kevin Kwan (Director of Music for Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal-Norfolk VA), moderated by Mary Charlotte Elia.