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Church Choir Festival

Church Choir Festival

Church Choir Festival

Church Choir Festival

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Dear Church Musician Colleagues,                                                                     

I’m writing to share an exciting new choral offering for church choir singers and directors hosted by Messiah University’s Department of Music.  Our Church Choir Festival 2023 will take place on February 5th, 2023 in beautiful Parmer Hall at the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.  This one-afternoon festival will provide area church choirs with the chance to fellowship together by learning and performing diverse anthems of the Christian faith in a large festival choir conducted by Messiah University music professors and alongside Messiah University’s 45-voice Concert Choir.  In addition to choral clinics and performance, the afternoon will also include lifelong-learning classes for singers and directors by professors of theology, hymnology, Christian ministries and music.  The cost for participation is $25 per singer which includes all music and an afternoon snack, and all proceeds support Messiah University’s choir outreach tours.

Festival Repertoire:

If Ye Love Me – Philip Wilby

Let Everything That Hath Breath – Jeffrey Ames

All Things New – Elaine Hagenberg

How Great Thou Art – arr. Eric Nelson

Festival Schedule:

12:30pm: Registration Begins

1:00-3:00pm:  Rehearsal

3:00-3:45pm: Lifelong-Learning Classes

Healthy Vocal Habits for Aging Voices – Joy Meade

Theology of Great Hymns of the Faith – Doug Curry

                             Organ Repertoire for Worship – Mina Choi

                             Singing the Psalms – Richard Roberson

3:45-4:15pm: Meet & Greet Snack Break

4:15-5:15pm: Rehearsal

5:30-6:30pm: Festival Performance and Hymn Sing

(Audience welcome, no tickets required)

Singers can register individually by email, mail or by calling the music office.  Directors can register singers as a group by email or mail via the Church Choir Festival Registration Form.  Registration is open until February 3rd, 2023.

Please feel free to reach out with questions to Dr. Joy Meade –, 610-513-1909.


Joy Meade, D.M.A.

Director of Choral Activities


Doug Curry, D. Min.

Worship Pastor


Information on Church Choir Festival