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Do you love to sing or listen to singing?

August 6th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

For many years, our Worship, Music & Congregational Life colleagues have hosted music clinics all across the USA for church musicians and pastors.  This year is no exception with six of them where we have enjoyed excellent attendance numbers.  But, there is another component this year!  The Augsburg Fortress Hymn Sing! For those of us in the Twin Cities area, whether you love to sing or just enjoy listening to wonderful hymns being sung by groups of people who really know how to do it, you should put Monday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. on your calendar!  

Here are some more details:  

Augsburg Fortress is hosting a hymn festival at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2015, at Roseville Lutheran Church in Roseville, MN, that is free and open to the public.

Hymn festivals are a way of promoting congregational song in churches, as well as bringing communities together through music and liturgy. “Let the Whole Creation Cry: A Hymn Festival” follows a pattern for worship that includes hymn introductions and accompaniments, readings, reflections, and prayers prepared by John Ferguson, retired professor of organ and church music and cantor to the student congregation at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. Congregational hymns and choral anthems will be led by Anton Armstrong, professor of music at St. Olaf College and conductor of the renowned St. Olaf Choir.

In addition to the hymn festival, individuals and choirs are invited to participate in the festival choir led by Armstrong and accompanied by Ferguson in a rehearsal prior to the hymn festival from 6 to 7:15 p.m. No registration is required to attend the hymn festival or rehearse and sing with the festival choir.

“Whether you sing in a choir or just love adding your voice to a strong singing assembly, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to make music with two of the world’s premier leaders of choral and congregational song,” says Martin Seltz, publisher, Augsburg Fortress. 

The hymn festival is part of the Augsburg Fortress Summer 2015 Music Clinics, which annually draw hundreds of church musicians at six locations across the United States with the purpose of exploring fresh and innovative ways to enliven music in worship.?”



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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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