Thursday, September 8, 2011
Three Choirs Festival - September 24
Three area church choirs will join for a Three Choirs Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The choirs are from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Midland, First Congregational Church in Saginaw, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City, and will present a Hymn Festival featuring the music of David Hurd. The festival will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Bay City. David Hurd, born in 1950, is Professor of Sacred Music and Director of Chapel Music at General Theological Seminary in New York City, and Music Director of the Church of the Holy Apostles in New York. Hurd has over 150 choral and organ works in print. His compositions have appeared in numerous hymnals and recordings in both the United States and England. Dr. Hurd attended Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art, the Julliard School, and Oberlin College. He is also widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the country with a long list of awards, prizes, honors, and achievements to his credit. Hurd embraces his African-American heritage in his compositions and career as a classical organist. The three choirs will prepare all of the hymns by Dr. Hurd that appear in The Hymnal 1982, the primary hymnal of The Episcopal Church. Members of the audience will be invited to sing with the choirs. The program will also include several psalm settings for cantor and congregation as well as hymn harmonizations and organ solo repertoire by Dr. Hurd. Choir directors Dennis Van Koevering from Midland, Nicholas Schmelter from Saginaw, and Robert Sabourin from Bay City, are looking forward to combining their individual ensembles for this event. Schmelter will be the organist for the festival and Sabourin will conduct the choirs. The program is open to the public free of charge. Trinity is located at 815 N. Grant Street in downtown Bay City. Barrier free access is available off of the parking lot on the west side of the building. The church is also air conditioned.