Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Sunday, November 7: Choral Evensong

Join us at 4:30 p.m. for an Organ Concert followed by a choral Evensong at 5:00 p.m. for All Saints.

COVID and the worldwide pandemic interrupted our traditions of recognizing those who have died. Please join us to pray and remember All Saints and All Souls lost since we last marked these important days in person.

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Choral Evensong & Organ Concert

Our glorious pipe organ will fill the church with beautiful music! Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the organ concert will feature two talented organists: Mark Koontz and Cheryl Van Ornam. Immediately following the concert, the parish will hold a traditional choral Evensong to mark All Saints’ Sunday.

The Adult Choir will sing the “Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B-flat Major” by Charles Villiers Stanford and several movements from Philip Ledger’s “Requiem.” The soloists will be Caroline Guske, Soprano and James Taylor, Tenor.

Organ Concert

“Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr” (BWV 663) Johann Sebastian Bach

“Oh! What a Beautiful City” David Hurd (b. 1950)

“Nimrod” Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) / Sir William Harris (1883-1973)

– Mark Koontz, Organist

Variations on “There Is a Fountain” Undine Smith Moore (1905-1989)

Spirituals for Keyboard

“Steal Away to Jesus”
“There Is a Balm in Gilead”
Charles Callahan (b. 1951)

Variations on “Sine Nominé Denis Bedard (b. 1950)

– Cheryl Van Ornam, Organist

All Saints Choral Evensong at 5 p.m.

The beautiful tradition of choral Evensong will fill our church at 5:00 p.m. With sixteenth century roots, this musical service occurs at the even point between the active day and restful night. During this special service of remembrance, we will name all of the parishioners who have died since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as any individuals who were added through the online form. Grief takes many forms, yet, in times of great sorrow, the church brings us together and reminds us of the gift of resurrection.

Mark Koontz

Mark Koontz has spent many years as a church musician, most recently serving as interim music director for Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He has a B.A. and M.A. in Theatre, and majored in church music at Azusa Pacific University in California.  He has also maintained an IT career, currently writing software for a major plumbing supply company. Mark and his wife Joyce live in Henrico County, and have three grown sons and a new granddaughter.

Cheryl Van Ornam

Cheryl Van Ornam is the Traditional Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Chesterfield, Virginia, and the Organist at The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Richmond. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she accompanies in the Vocal Department. Her master’s degree in Organ Performance and Church Music is from Northwestern University. She has been active with the American Guild of Organists in Chicago, Boston and the Richmond, Virginia Chapter.

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