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30th Annual Choral Festival of Scripture and Song

Location: Maryland, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
Voicing: Mixed

In 1980 the Annapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists perceived the need for a venue at which local church choirs could sing together in one group. Many church choirs are small, and never have the opportunity to perform in an awe-inspiring setting, with a notable conductor, singing in a large choir. As a result, The Choral Festival of Scripture and Song was instituted. The first Festival was held on November 23, 1980, at Severna Park United Methodist Church with fifteen choirs singing. The very next Festival had so many choirs sign up that the location was changed to the United States Naval Academy Chapel, where it has been ever since. In succeeding years the participation has grown to as many as 26 church choirs and community singing groups.



The 30th Anniversary Celebration will be held Sunday, November 7, at the United States Naval Academy Chapel, at 7 P.M. Guest Conductor is Ms Cindy Bauchspies, Director of the U.S.N.A. women's Glee Club, and Choral Director at the Annapolis Area Christian High School. Monte Maxwell, Organist at the Academy and Chairman of the U.S.N.A. Music Department, will be the accompanist. Also performing special music will be the Bell' Arte Singers, an auditioned ensemble of 35 women, directed by Leia Bennett, Choral Director of Annapolis Area Christian School. A colorful feature of each Festival is the procession of banners preceding the opening hymn. The procession includes participating clergy, a crucifer, acolytes, the American Guild of Organists' banner, and the individual church banners.



The Festival is free and open to the public. If your vehicle does not have a Department of Defense sticker, you may walk in showing a photo ID, or you may ride the bus from the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Parking is $5. A free will offering will go toward the Guild's annual scholarship in memory of Donald C. Gilley, former organist and director of music at the U.S. Naval Academy. 

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