National Organ Playing Competition
Saturday, March 19 at 1:00
Come hear four talented organists from around the United States compete for two prizes. The First Presbyterian National Organ Playing Competition began in 1960 and is the longest running national organ completion in the United States. When the competition began, the goal was “to bring encouragement and public attention to the many fine young organists in the nation” which is still relevant today. If you are an organist wanting to enter the competition, the rules and application can be found here: http://firstpres-fw.org/the_arts/music/other_music_events/
Sunday, April 10
Preaching at 9am and 11am services
Forum on language at 10am
Lunch provided (free will donation)
Hymn festival (“Resurrection: New Life, New Song”) at 2:00pm
Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina. She began writing hymn texts in 1999 and since then has won a number of international hymn-writing competitions. She has been featured as an “emerging text writer” by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Her texts have been included in several modern hymnals across several denominations. She recently served as the President of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Bringle was also the chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, the committee responsible for the creation of the Glory to God hymnal.
About the hymn festival:
Scripture tells us that God is always doing “a new thing,” and in response, we are called to “sing a new song.” What better “newness” to celebrate than the gifts of life and hope that spring from the resurrection? Even golden-oldies become “like new” when we voice them with a fresh lift of joy in our hearts. Blending familiar with less familiar, in styles ranging from samba to spiritual and chorale to contemporary praise chorus; incorporating prayers, readings, and stories about how various pieces of music came to be written, this hymn festival will be part concert, part worship service, part educational opportunity—and mostly, celebratory sing-along.
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