‘Sounds of the Season’ worship service at First Presbyterian showcases ETSU students, local musicians

Published 10:39 am Thursday, November 30, 2023

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton will be conducting a “Sounds of the Season” worship service on Sunday, Dec. 10, starting at 11 a.m. The public is invited to participate in the largely musical program that features the church’s own chancel and handbell choirs, local musicians, and the vocal talents of ETSU music students.
The church is located at 119 West F St., Elizabethton. The Rev. Dr. Brian Wyatt serves as pastor, Dr. Paul Gabinet is choral director, and Joan Denny is handbell choir director.
“We seek to briefly commemorate the holiday season on a Sunday morning with a burst of music intended for the local community and our own church members,” stated Gabinet, the event’s organizer. “The program will last about an hour, costs nothing to attend, and is for anyone wanting to be uplifted by inspiring seasonal music.”
Featuring both religious and secular works, the program showcases the vocal talents of three students currently completing music degrees at ETSU – Cody Shivers, Megan Quillen, and Emmaline Grubbs. The three will participate as choir members and also as soloists and/or musicians on various works. Choral pieces to be presented include “Betelehemu,” a Nigerian carol by Wendell Whalum; “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant; and an original arrangement of “Oh Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam.
The church’s handbell choir will perform “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and also provide accompaniment – along with flutes, cellos, trumpet, piano, and organ – on all congregational hymns. Other instrumental works presented will include a trio of two flutes and a piano, plus a version of “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
In between musical works, Rev. Wyatt will deliver inspirational readings and comments. For more information about the “Sounds of the Season” worship service, contact Dr. Paul Gabinet at paulggabinet@gmail.com or phone (423) 542-4445.

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