Connections: August 2019—Music Ministry Announces 2019–2020 Season

Ours is a singing faith!
Now hear the hymns we raise,
Resounding, strong,
the years along,
a
nd echoing our praise!

So affirms Presbyterian hymn-writer Jane Parker Huber (1926–2008) in her hymn on the inseparable nature of music and faith.

At the Meeting House, we are blessed with Spirit-filled choirs for all ages, robust congregational singing, talented instrumentalists, high-quality instruments, and dedicated music supporters.

In the past few months since I arrived here, I have been overwhelmed by the welcome and hospitality, and have come to realize what a special place the Meeting House is. I am proud to carry the baton into this next chapter and am thrilled to announce our upcoming musical season.

First, the Adult Choir season will begin with a retreat on Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, and will begin to sing in worship on September 8.

All are welcome to join the choir—no prior experience or music-reading ability required!

Children’s Music, an essential and integral part of their Sunday morning education program also begins on September 8, and we’ll begin to learn some of the refrains and responses we will sing every week in worship.

Our popular Concerts with a Cause and Noonday Noëls series will continue this year with a number of notable free concerts, so mark your calendars now.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) (Friday, October 18, 7, p.m.)
    A silent film screening of Universal Pictures’ early adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic tale with a live organ soundtrack on the Lively-Fulcher organ.
  • Messiah (Sunday, December 1, at 3 p.m.)
    The Meeting House Choir, soloists, and orchestra present G. F. Handel’s immortal 1741 oratorio, featuring his famous “Hallelujah” chorus and some of the composer’s greatest arias.
  • Noonday Noëls (Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18, 12:05 p.m.)
    These short lunchtime programs will feature local musical groups like the Annandale Singers, the all-male chorus Brethren, and our own Meeting House Singers.
  • Mozart Requiem (Sunday, March 22, 3 p.m.)
    The unfinished masterpiece of Mozart will be presented as a fitting Lenten reflection in the familiar form completed by Süssmayr, sung by the Meeting House Choir and soloists, with orchestra.

We hope to see you there at any or all of these concerts! For more information or to join any of the choirs on a regular basis or as part of a Festival Choir that will sing for the above concerts and for special liturgies like Christmas and Easter, please email or call me at 703-549-6670, ext. 121.

Everyone’s welcome—no exceptions!

Peace,
Steven