Updated: December 12, 2022

Caroling in Monroe Park

The Second Annual Caroling in Monroe Park

What do AME Hood Temple, the RVA Street Singers, the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, and Grace & Holy Trinity have in common? A love of great music!

Thank you for such a great turnout to yesterday’s “Second Annual Caroling in Monroe Park.” We saw the RVA Street Singers, Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, the “Anointed Voices” from Hood Temple Music Ministry, and the Grace & Holy Trinity Vocal Ensemble perform traditional hymns and popular carols as we gathered together right on N. Laurel Street. Another thanks goes out to Carytown Burgers & Fries and Funcakes food trucks who helped keep us fed during the sounds of the season. We can’t wait to celebrate again with you next year!

Keep your eye out for more photographs and video recaps of the event. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Participating Choirs

RVA Street Singers is an inclusive choral music experience that gives a public voice to individuals impacted by homelessness in Richmond by fostering community, acceptance, self-worth, well-being, and creativity in a safe environment. We were founded by the late Becky Tyree in 2017 with  the goal of building community through song. We are grateful to 2nd Presbyterian for their continued support. 

The “Anointed Voices” of Hood Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion (A.M.E. Zion) Church, located at the corners of Adam and Clay Streets; in Richmond, Virginia, where the Pastor is the Rev. Dr. Lorenza Ricardo Meekins.

Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Lorenza Ricardo Meekins, his vision for the music ministry was one choir and the name of “Anointed Voices”; which are choir members that have been ministering through song for over 50 years or more. This choir is a combination of the former Male Chorus, Voices of Zion, and Mass Choir.

The choir knows and believes that this music ministry is not about THEM, but it is about HIM! They love ministering in song and giving God the praise for the things He has done and continues to do in their lives. They come today to lift the name of Jesus to share the “Reason for the Season”, Jesus Christ!!! They are accompanied by one of their former musicians and current Music School Teacher with Chesterfield County, Will Griffin.

The Grace & Holy Trinity Vocal Ensemble sings regularly in the Parish Choir at Grace & Holy Trinity Church for the 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sundays. The Parish Choir also sings for special worship services such as Choral Evensong services and chamber ensemble concerts. The Parish Choir is directed by Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis, Choirmaster and Organist, and accompanied by Sean McDonald, Assistant Choirmaster and Organist.

Now in its 26th season, the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir (GRCC) has sung on four continents in over 40 languages and is recognized for its excellence and diversity. Under the direction of Crystal Jonkman, GRCC offers boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, the opportunity to excel through the graduated study and performance of high-quality choral music with other dedicated students of all backgrounds. With generous support from the Richmond community and beyond, GRCC offers tuition and travel scholarships to more than one third of choristers, making the program accessible to all. GRCC is grateful and honored to call Grace & Holy Trinity its rehearsal home.

Our first ever caroling last year was a great success!

If you didn’t make it out to Monroe Park last year, you’ll want to check out the photos below and watch the wonderful clip from Channel 6. More than 350 people gathered for the singalong of religious and secular music.

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Talk with Clergy and Staff

Feel free to contact the Associate Rector, Paul Evans, or any member of the staff. See the full Church Staff Directory.

Or, call or stop by: (804) 359-5628 or 8 North Laurel Street, Richmond, VA 23220