published Friday, September 30th, 2011

Boys Choir hosting Hymn Festival


What: Chattanooga Boys Choir Community Hymn Festival.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 634-2299.


When the Chattanooga Boys Choir began its community hymn festival in 2005, the choristers partnered with several church choirs to form a mass choir that led congregational singing and presented concert pieces.

This weekend, the singers are broadening their outreach and offering any experienced community singer a seat in the choir.

"The community is invited to participate in the Chattanooga Boys Choir's fourth biennial Community Hymn Festival," said director Vic Oakes. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in the Golden Gateway.

Oakes said that community singers may join the festival choir by attending a rehearsal Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The director said the festival choir's repertoire will include pieces by Robert Hobby, Jeffrey H. Rickard, Eric Nelson and former Chattanooga church musician Dan Shorb.

"The Boys Choir will join the festival choir and perform selections of their own, including works by John Rutter, Malcolm Archer, African freedom songs and a bluegrass hymn," said Oakes.

Joining the singers for Sunday afternoon's concert will be The Metropolitan Bells, under the direction of Gary Bynum.

"This group is an incredible collection of auditioned handbell ringers from across the Chattanooga area," Oakes said.

The Rev. Charlotte Brendel, minister of discipleship formation at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, will lead the audience in a moment of reflection.

The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to support a local nonprofit.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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