The annual Sierra Choral Festival (SCF), taking place in the Yosemite foothills in Oakhurst, California, is open to lovers of church choral music from all denominations, including United Methodist Church choristers in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
Whether United Methodist or not, lovers of choral music are urged to sign up now to participate in the festival – under the direction of widely praised conductor, composer, and arranger Allan Robert Petker.
The SCF choristers will prepare and present a program titled, "Let Your Light Shine," on Saturday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644. The concert will be open to the public.
Registration fees for choristers, which cover the workshop and all sheet music, are $45 for individuals, $75 for two registrants from the same family, and $25 for students. Scholarship arrangements may be explored if needed.
Rehearsals will be Friday, March 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a potluck salad brunch at midday.
The goal of the annual gathering of singers from the Mountain Area and beyond is to strengthen choral singing, according to Catherine Walker, Sierra Vista Presbyterian music director and coordinator of the festival. Participants come from all walks of life, having in common a love for singing in choirs and presenting top-quality choral music. Walker describes the festival's rehearsal times as "a rich time of singing together and learning 'choral tricks' that will benefit our future choral singing." It also will be a time of inspiration, she says.
Petker's credentials are extensive and impressive, including having conducted numerous accomplished choral groups across the U.S. and abroad, such as the select Consort Chorale in the Bay Area and the Santa Clarita Master Chorale in Southern California. More than 250 published choral works bear his name as composer and/or arranger, and he holds the post of director of publications for Fred Bock Music and its subsidiaries. In addition, as a teacher and instrumentalist, Petker has distinguished himself through several highly praised teaching documents, including a multi-volume series of books titled Choral Questions and Answers, considered a staple by many music educators.
If you are interested in participating, contact New Community/Oakhurst UMC Director of Music Monika Moulin at the church office, 559.683.2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for registration information.
Moulin says, "Making a joyful noise through participation in church choirs is one of the most fundamental and most moving ways for folks to live out a faith in an all-loving God. This Sierra Choral Festival is ecumenical and invigorating, a perfect way for members of varying and various faith communities to come together to worship and praise God."