Corban music delights many during two Hymn Festival performances

Thursday, March 10, 2011


With their hands and voices lifted high, approximately 800 people worshipped God and enjoyed great music during Hymn Festival 2011.

This was the 11th year for Corban’s Music Department to gather its class of talented music students and bring them together to sing hymns. The event was held March 3 and 4 in the historical First Presbyterian Church of Salem and featured more than 100 musicians and choir members. The theme, “Work! For the Night Is Coming!,” focused on hymns and Scripture related to our service to God.

“It was a great collaboration within the music department and the First Presbyterian Church,” said Corban Music Chair Dan Shuholm. “There is a segment of our Salem Community that really enjoys HymnFest and comes year after year. It’s a real blessing for us to be able to do this.”

During the event, Corban Music Professor Virginia Cross told attendees about the history and importance of hymns in Christian history. Corban Writer in Residence Gina Ochsner read from one of her original works and Corban Theology Professor Tim Anderson encouraged others to give back to their community not only through finances, but also by using our talents and time to reach out to others.

For Shuholm, the annual Hymn Festival is not only special for its music and praises to God, but also because it is a unique event in the Salem area.

“It’s something that isn’t offered by any other school in the area,” he said. “This is one of the many ways that Corban stands out in this community.”

To see a photo gallery from this year’s festival, click here. Photos may be purchased online.

  • More than 800 people attended the Hymn Festival during two performances on March 3 and 4.

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