VSU Concert Choir 99th spring concert 'Holding the Light': Songs of faith, assurance, joy

Virginia State University Concert Choir performs In Fort Washington, Md. during the Choir's winter tour.
Virginia State University Concert Choir performs In Fort Washington, Md. during the Choir's winter tour.

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY — The Virginia State University Concert Choir will present its 99th annual spring concert on Sunday, April 16 at 4 p.m. at Christ and Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg.

The public is cordially invited to attend the free concert. Conducted by Interim Director, VSU alumnus and Petersburg native Patrick D. McCoy, the choir will sing an inspiring program of music themed “Holding the Light” taken from the beautiful choral work composed by B. E. Boykin. Timothy L. Hall, who serves as organist and choirmaster at Christ and Grace and staff accompanist at VSU, will accompany the choir.

Under McCoy’s interim leadership, the choir has continued its rich legacy of choral performances. The choir most recently embarked on a successful winter concert tour, which included a highly heralded performance at the Richmond Public Library, performances at Charles Flowers High School and Ernest Everett Just Middle School, both in Prince George’s County, Md., featured in worship and in concert at Historic Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Beltsville, Md. and presented in concert by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts in Fort Washington, Md.

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To commemorate the founding of the university, the choir was featured at the annual Founder’s Day Convocation held on the campus. Past performances included participation in the Slave Commemoration at historic Mount Vernon and the performance of the Defiant Requiem at the Music Center at Strathmore conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin.

Patrick D. McCoy is active as a choral conductor, church organist and widely known as an art journalist, both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Shenandoah Conservatory Advisory Board, American Choral Director’s Association, Association of Anglican Musicians and Music Critics Association of North America. McCoy is also a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as well as a newly initiated member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Zeta Chapter.

Timothy L. Hall is the organist and choirmaster at Christ and Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg. He studied sacred music and organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. where he earned both a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree [with distinction].

Hall did further study under the auspices of the French Organ Music Seminar at the Conservatoire regionale in Paris, France. While at Westminster, he sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Rafael Kubelik, Erich Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti.

Christ and Grace Episcopal Church is located at 1545 S. Sycamore Street. For more information about the concert, please contact the interim director at 804-524-5332 or by e-mail at pdmccoy@vsu.edu.

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