The Chattanooga Boys Choir hosts its fifth biennial Community Hymn Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave.
This event has been a favorite of many church choirs in the area, as singers are combined with members of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, guest instrumentalists, and congregational song to produce a wonderful and enriching time of worship through music, officials said. This year, those in attendance will also enjoy a message delivered by Dan Gawthrop, one of America’s most noted and often-performed composers of sacred music.
The community hymn festival was started in 2005 and has enjoyed the participation of dozens of churches and hundreds of community and church chorus members. The event is free to the public, and a goodwill offering will be collected during the event to benefit the Newton Child Development Center.
Some pieces the festival choir will perform include arrangements of hymns such as This Is My Song (tune: sibelius, by composer Jean Sibelius), Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain by Carolyn Jennings, and an arrangement of How Can I Keep from Singing? by Chattanooga musician and composer Penny Tullock. The Chattanooga Boys Choir will perform such works as Let Me Fly by Rollo Dilworth, My Lord What a Morning by Sue Ellen Page, and The Lord Is My Shepherd by Allen Pote.
The community is invited to attend the event. Church choirs or individual singers interested in participating in the festival choir should contact the Chattanooga Boys Choir at 634-2299 or via e-mail at email@example.com, or by visiting the choir’s web site at www.chattanoogaboyschoir.org