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08-05-2014

Center for Sacred Music Among Best in Virginia

It’s music to Virginia Wesleyan’s proverbial ears. The College’s Center for Sacred Music (CSM) will be recognized for its excellence and innovation this fall in Virginia Living State of Education, a special supplement to the magazine’s September/October issue (on newsstands Sept. 5). VWC is one of 148 public and private high schools and colleges in Virginia that will be featured in the supplement’s 2014 list of Top High Schools & Colleges. The Center for Sacred Music will appear in the Arts & Humanities category. Selections were made by Virginia Living’s editors and include schools that have established programs aimed at strengthening students’ experience in the classroom, on the field and in their communities. Other categories include Science, Math & Technology; Performing Arts; Health & Medicine; and Capital Improvements. Established in 1995, the mission of CSM is to inspire, enlighten, and prepare. It does so by educating students for service in church music ministry and through continuing education and specialized training for those already active in the profession—part of which includes the Church Music Certificate program, developed in the early 1980s by VWC’s first full-time music professor David Clayton. Each year, CSM brings special event programming to VWC and the greater community, including the Fall Hymn Festival and other massed-choir events; “Monumental Moments,” a series of uniquely crafted services of worship; and the “Sound & Symbol Lecture Series,” which explores the ritual and music of various world religions through seminars and guest speakers. CSM also hosts the nationally recognized Sacred Music Summer Conference, featuring workshops, evening worship and concerts at area churches. In July 2014, the Conference welcomed approximately 200 guests to campus, representing every state along the eastern seaboard and from as far west as Arizona. For additional information about the Center and its events, visit www.vwc.edu/csm or contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandi Billy at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwc.edu. More

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