Date: August 9, 2022
When in our music God is glorified…
it is as though the whole creation cried
Alleluia! (Hymn 420)
Welcome to a new academic year filled with glorious sacred music!
Notable choral services in the fall semester include the Alumni Convocation Evensong on October 11, sung Compline offered by our Schola Cantorum on November 29, and the Dean’s Cross Advent Lessons and Carols on December 11.
On October 27 at the 5:15 Eucharist, we will premiere a new congregational mass setting composed by The Rev. Dr. William Bradley Roberts, Professor Emeritus of Church Music. The mass was commissioned as part of the seminary’s bicentennial celebration. Read more about it in this Friday’s Dean’s Commentary.
Our Immanuel Chapel Concert Series begins its 2022-23 season with an organ recital by Janet Yieh on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. This free concert will showcase the magnificent Taylor and Boody pipe organ.
On March 3, we are hosting a performance of the Rachmaninoff Vespers by The Thirteen, a critically acclaimed vocal ensemble based in Washington, D.C. Our series will conclude with a performance by the Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force.
Come and sing in the Seminary Choir! The choir is open to all adult members of the VTS Community – students, spouses/partners, faculty, and staff. Rehearsals meet on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. starting September 12. We will sing for the Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays at 8:15 a.m. with a warmup rehearsal immediately prior. This fall, choir members will also have the opportunity to sing in the premiere of Dr. Roberts’ mass setting under the direction of the composer. All are welcome – no audition required. Students, register for WRSH 505; contact me if you would prefer to audit. All others, simply email me, and I will add you to the list.
Through worship, study, and the arts, you are invited to join us as we glorify God and experience the beauty and breadth of the Church’s musical tradition here at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min.
Associate Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel Music