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The Arts at VWU

July

Jul 22 - 27

Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event

Monumental Chapel

Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music, will take place July 22-27, 2019.  This non-denominational event features instruction in worship, theology, music and the other arts, steeped in Wesley tradition of training minds and warming hearts. It offers continuing education opportunities for church musicians, worship leaders, music teachers, and all who are interested in the sacred arts (academic credit is available). For more information, view the event brochure or contact Sandi Billy, Director of The Center for Sacred Music, at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwu.edu.

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Jul 22

A Service of Christian Prayer

Monumental Chapel

7:30 p.m.

A Service of Christian Prayer using the music of Taizé and Iona will take place July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Monumental Chapel. Part of Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music. Free and open to the public.

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Jul 23 - 26

Next Direction Choral Leadership Conference

The Next Direction Choral Leadership Conference is an opportunity for high school (grades 10-12) and collegiate students to explore what it means to be a choral conductor and a music educator. While working with top-notch choral conductors preparing and rehearsing gems from all centuries of choral music, students will develop skills in conducting/rehearsing, score study, musicianship and choral artistry, choral leadership, vocal pedagogy and vocal health, various genres and styles of music, and career paths in choral music. Registration is currently full. Please check back for 2020 dates or email bmortensen@vwu.edu for additional information about choral opportunities at Virginia Wesleyan.
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Jul 24

Hymn Festival: Will You Come and Follow Me?

First Presbyterian Church

7:30 p.m.

"Hymn Festival: Will You Come and Follow Me?" will take place July 24 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (300 36th St., Virginia Beach). Led by Tom Trenney, joined by the First Presbyterian Church choir, bells, and cello, with Sharon Foxwell, organist. Part of Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music. Open to the public. Donations accepted.

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Jul 25

Worship Service: The Better Part

Great Bridge Presbyterian Church

7:30 p.m.

"Worship Service: The Better Part" will take place July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church (333 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake). With Mary Charlotte Elia ’03, preacher, Joseph Martin, composer and director of the Wesleyan Worship Choir, Jason Evans '02, pianist and organist, and Hyosang Park, solo handbell artist. Part of Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music. Open to the public. Donations accepted.

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Jul 27

Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice

Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

7:30 p.m.

"Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice" will take place July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (560 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk). A concert of sacred classic choral works with the 95-voice Wesleyan Festival Chorus, conducted by Philip Stopford with Dr. Stephen Cook, organist, and the Festival Brass led by Lawrence Clemens. Part of Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music. Suggested donation: $10

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August

Aug 2

Goode Jazz

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

VWU professor Jason Squinobal (saxophone) is joined by Joel Sanford (piano), Evan Shackly (guitar), Will McPeters (string bass), and Dennis Northerner (percussion) in a free informal evening of light jazz standards and new works on Friday, August 2, in the Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. Snacks and cash bar at 6:45 p.m., music begins at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a casual evening in the glass-enclosed gallery as the sun sets over the VWU "front lawn." Grab a drink, find a table, and enjoy music and conversation with friends. Free; no reservations required.

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Aug 10

Steep Canyon Rangers

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m.

With six albums earning the #1 spot in Bluegrass charts, and appearances on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and CBS’s Late Show with both Steven Colbert and David Letterman, Steep Canyon Rangers appears in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Graham Sharp, singer & banjo; Woody Plant, guitar; Mike Guggino, mandolin; Nicky Sanders, fiddle; Barrett Smith, upright bass; and Mike Ashworth, percussion, bring their usual spark and texture through energized, animated set lists that keep you on the edge of the cliff, never quite sure what the band will pull out of the hat with their combination of classic bluegrass and remakes of pop works in bluegrass style. Always a great evening whether you're new to their sound, or never miss a concert! Tickets are available at www.vwu.tix.com with general seating at two levels ($40-$55).   

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Aug 15

Summer Sing!

Ohef Sholom Temple

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Center for Sacred Music joins its community partner Ohef Sholom Temple (530 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk) in an evening of great music on Thursday, August 15, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Chuck Woodward conducts all who show up in the Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” (selected choruses) with Stephen Cook (piano). Singers are invited to sing an old favorite, explore a new work, or test their sight-singing skills in this casual, informal evening of music-making. All are welcome! All music is provided. $10 participation fee. 6:30 p.m.: On-site check-in; 7:00 p.m.: Rehearse; 7:45 p.m.: Short break; 8:00 p.m.: Sing! Reserve your spot by emailing sbilly@vwu.edu with your voice-part.

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