13th Annual Hymn Festival
Event Date: February 28 and March 1, 2013
Everyone is welcome to Corban’s annual celebration of music and spoken word during the 13th annual Hymn Festival on Feb. 28 and March 1.
The festival will feature students from Corban’s Concert Choir, band and Symphony Orchestra as well as readings by Corban faculty, all centered on the theme “Worthy is the Lamb.”
The program begins with hymns that are oriented toward praise for what Jesus Christ has done in our lives, followed by hymns of contemplation. They will then perform music that speaks to the crucifixion of Jesus and ends with the triumphant hymn “How Great Thou Art.”
This year, music major Amy Griffith arranged music for the classic hymn “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” the first time in festival history a student has arranged a song.
Former Corban music professor Virginia Cross, D.M.A., started the Hymn Festival in 2000. Her love of hymns, especially those from the 1800s, took her to festivals across the nation. In 2006, Assistant Professor of Music John Bartsch, started planning and arranging compositions for the festival. Nearly 100 students are involved in all aspects of the program.
I’ve wanted to put on a festival centered around “Worthy is the Lamb” for a number of years,” Bartsch said. “There are many songs out now that incorporate that phrase into their lyrics and it is powerful when you dissect what it really means.”
The Hymn Festival will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa St. NE in Salem. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the festival begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.corban.edu/music or e-mail Ronda Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org.