Sunday, October 26, 4:00pm
Virginia Beach United Methodist Church

Guest Conductor:

Dr. Michael Trotta


"Enter by the Narrow Gate"

"Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life . . ."  (Matthew 7:14)

The Center's annual fall hymn festival explores the Christian journey.  Dr. Michael Trotta conducts the Wesleyan Worship Choir with Sharon Foxwell, organist.  

All singers are invited to be part of the chorus (music is provided).  Rehearse the day of the hymn festival at 3:00pm.

To sing, call 757.455.3376 or email sbilly@vwc.edu.

Hymns have played a vital role in worship since the earliest Christians gathered to worship the risen Christ. Congregational singing exploded anew with the Protestant Reformation and The Center for Sacred Music's annual Hymn Festival continues to encourage the great tradition of the people's song.

Various churches in the Hampton Roads area play host to the festival each October, and you can be a part of this great afternoon of singing by being part of a massed choir that leads the congregation in singing, and presents several special selections.

There is no charge to participate, and whether you bring your entire choir or come alone, you'll be inspired by the message of the Word, both sung and spoken, delight in the instruction of the guest conductors, and enjoy the fellowship of Christians in song.

For further details or to register, call the Center at 757-455-3376, or email sbilly@vwc.edu. Music will be provided in advance of the festival day. All choir members take part in one rehearsal at 3:00pm on the day of the festival which follows at 4:00pm. Music should be learned in advance.

Past Festivals


"Great Is Thy Faithfulness" with guest conductors Karen Nemeth and Dr. Michael Trotta


"Confessed by Faith, In Glory Shine" with guest conductor Dr. Michael Trotta


"The Yearning" with guest conductors Billye Brown Youmans, Craig Robertson, and Denise Gregory.

Hymn Fest

In case you missed it, click here (worship guide)


"Follow Me" with guest conductors Billye Brown Youmans, Harriet Heath, and Dr. Dennis Price


"This is My Story" with guest conductors Bill Boardman, Billye Brown Youmans, and Dr. Don Krudop


"For All the Saints" with guest conductors Wes Lockfaw, David Prescott, and Dr. Hank Buckwalter


"A Tercentennial Celebration of the Hymns of Charles Wesley" with guest conductors Wes Lockfaw, Dr. Martha Springstead, and Dr. Don Krudop

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