St. Anastasia Catholic Church will open its 2017-18 concert series with Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) St. Augustine Day Sept. 16.
The all-day event, sponsored by RSCM American affiliate member St. Anastasia Catholic Church, begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes with a concert service at 6 p.m.
The Royal School of Church Music America is the U.S. branch of the British-based Royal School of Church Music, an international ecumenical organization with more than 11,000 affiliates worldwide.
RSCM’s focus is on uplifting the spiritual life of communities through high quality choral music.
In addition to music, food and fun, the Sept. 16th program will include a music workshop, which will be led by internationally acclaimed musician Andrew Walker.
Walker is an internationally known choral director, composer, organist and teacher and an accomplished clinician, conductor and songwriter. He is director of music at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Orlando and the founder and director of the 40-voice national touring RSCM Choir. He is the past-President of RSCM America and is being honored this year as a named Honorary Associate of the RSCM International.
Adult and youth singers from central and northeast Florida are invited to participate in the workshop.
Peter Morin, director of music at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, said the day of music offers a chance for adult and youth singers to come together to rehearse and have some fun under the direction of Walker.
“Participants already registered are from Orlando to Jacksonville, from Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Catholic church choirs as well as members of the St. Augustine Community Chorus,” Morin said.
The RSCM St. Augustine Day will begin with a light breakfast social and continue with morning and afternoon rehearsals and activities leading up to a closing 6 p.m. service, which is open to the public.
The closing concert, “Choral Concert: From Death to Life,” will be a sacred concert of anthems, hymns and readings joyfully proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A light reception will follow and a free-will offering will be collected to help offset expenses for the day.
“Everyone who loves to sing is welcome to register and join in the daytime music making,” Morin said.
The cost is $40 and includes food. The registration deadline is Sept. 1.
To register, email Peter Morin at email@example.com.
St. Anastasia Catholic Church is at 5205 A1A South. For information, call 471-5364.