Our final Little Summer Music concert will feature Garen Dorsey. Garen is a pianist and musician who grew up in Charlottesville attending Westminster and now resides in Richmond VA. He plays freelance gigs and events, does studio work, tours, and teaches. He will be joined by up-and-coming young trumpeter Will Evans, VCU alum and upright bassist Kevin Eichenberger, and Manhattan School of Music-bound drummer Kofi Shepsu. They will be playing a mix of standards, compositions from various modern musicians, and maybe even a few original compositions. The concert will be Sunday, August 19 at 3:00 pm followed by ice cream in the courtyard. Donations for PACEM will be collected. Please mark your calendars for this special event.
Have you ever thought about joining the choir, but worried about making the commitment? Summer pick-up choir is just the thing for you! The remaining dates for pick-up choir are this week, July 8 and August 12. The choir meets in the choir room at 9:00 am and learns an easy anthem to offer at the 10:00 worship. Pick-up choir is open to older children, youth and adults. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions.
We are excited that Westminster is partnering with Camp Hanover, the PC(USA) camp in our presbytery, to host a Traveling Day Camp.
When: August 6 – 10, from 9AM t0 3PM
Who: rising 1st – 6th grade
What: Cost is $100/camper and includes a snack each day.
How: Register online by clicking on this link: https://www.camphanover.org/westminster_charlottesville.
We need volunteers to help! Specifically, we need folks willing to bring, prepare, and serve a morning snack to campers each day. We need folks willing to bring and prepare lunch for the staff each day, and we need folks to house the day camp staffers for the week. If you are willing to help out in one of these ways, please contact Lynne at 293-3133 or click on the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F45AAA62DABFD0-camp
On Easter Sunday the Adult Choir and the Singers will both participate in worship, singing at both the 8:30 and 11 o’clock services. They will combine to sing the introit, “He Is Risen,” by Michael Joncas. The Singers will also sing the anthem, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives,” by Austin Lovelace, an arrangement of a Sacred Harp tune. The Adult Choir’s anthem is “Christ Is Risen,” an arrangement by Michael Burkhardt of a chorus from Bach’s Cantata 207a. Amy Walder and Leah Patek, violinists, join the choir for this piece, as does Max Patek, who will play timpani.
This year’s Good Friday service will follow the traditional liturgy of Tenebrae for Holy Week, with readings from the Psalms and Thomas Tallis’s setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. In the contemplative service of Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”), music serves as a reflection on the texts being read, and a candle is extinguished after each reading, until only one is left. Five singers, four drawn from the choir — Megan Sharp, Steve Patek, Jonathan Schakel, and Winston Barham — along with guest Emily Stubbs, will sing music from the Renaissance by Tallis, William Byrd, Giovanni Croce, and Lodovico Viadana.