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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
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Newport News, VA 23606-3071
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Join the Consecration Choir!

Come and sing with the Consecration Choir to help celebrate the election of the Rev. Susan B. Haynes as the 11th Bishop of Southern Virginia!  We are hoping singers from across the Diocese will join in this special event.  Please spread this word to all singers across the Diocese!  You do not need to be a member of your church choir to participate.  For more information, contact Kevin Kwan at kevin.kwan@christandstlukes.org.

Choir Directors and Rectors: Please contact Kevin Kwan with an approximate number of participants from your Choir.

Details and Requirements

  • You must commit to attend at least one of the regional rehearsals.  You are encouraged to attend more than one rehearsal if your schedule permits.
  • You must attend the choir warmup on Saturday, February 1 at 9am at St. Bede’s Church.
  • Proficiency in choral music reading ability (4 part singing) is recommended.
  • Music will be sent out to Choir Directors at Churches and/or individuals later this fall.
  • Bring your own choir robe.  If your church does not own or wear robes, you may arrange to borrow a robe, or wear all black.

Anthems to be sung

The Consecration Liturgy Task Force will be finalizing the details of the service, including the hymns and service music. However, the following anthems have been approved so that you can begin practicing. These pieces have been chosen with many factors in mind, including difficulty, musical style, text, and amount of rehearsal time. For reference, PDFs of these pieces have been uploaded with breath and other important markings. Sheet music will be sent to your church mid-November. If five singers from your church have signed up, five sets of music will be sent to your church (choir director). Thus, it is important to encourage your fellow signers and choir directors to sign up.

Regional Rehearsal Locations and Dates

Consecration Choir Rehearsal Updates!

New Regional Rehearsal location
For singers in the western part of the Diocese, we have added a new rehearsal location at Emmanuel Church in Chatham on Sunday, January 25, 2020.  We realize that the other regional rehearsals are located in the eastern part of the state, so we hope this will open up the choir to more singers from this part of the Diocese.

Chatham - Kenyon Scott, Regional Rehearsal Leader
Location: Emmanuel Church, 66 Main St, Chatham, VA 24531 
Sunday, January 25, 2:00-4:00pm

Richmond Regional Rehearsal Change
We have had to change the date and time of one regional rehearsal in Richmond.  The rehearsal originally scheduled for Saturday, January 25 has now been moved to Sunday, January 26 from 1:30 to 3:30pm.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Richmond - Crystal Jonkman, Regional Rehearsal Leader
Location: St. Michael’s Church, 2040 McRae Rd, Bon Air, VA 23235
Saturday, January 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 26, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - New date and time

Williamsburg Rehearsal – Rebecca Davy, Regional Rehearsal Leader
Location: Bruton Parish Church – Parish House
331 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Norfolk Rehearsal - Kevin Kwan, Regional Rehearsal Leader
Christ and St. Luke’s Church
560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507
Saturday, January 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Consecration Service Details

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Choir Warmup at 9 a.m.
St. Bede Catholic Church
3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188

Carpooling and bus options may be available for choir members.

Go go www.bit.ly/diosovaconsecrationchoir to sign up for the Consecration Choir.

Last Published: December 9, 2019 1:18 PM