Music in Worship Festival

Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 1, 2016 (All day)


Join VA-ACDA members and others for the 2016 Music in Worship Festival at the Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA.


Registration for the event is only $55, which includes all of your music for the weekend. All singers and conductors are welcome at this event - membership in ACDA is not required.


We have a special hotel rate arranged with the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Norfolk, located just 2 blocks from the church. Information about the special $89 room night with discounted parking will be provided at the end of the online registration form.


Friday, September 30

7:30 p.m.  Hymn Festival

"I've Heard That Before"

Hymns and Songs That Inspired Our Favorite Anthems

Led by CJ Redden-Liotta, Music Minister, Vienna Baptist Church and Music in Worship R&R Chairperson, Virginia ACDA

Saturday, October 1

Festival Chorus for singers age 16 and up

Conducted by Robert Shoup, Chorusmaster of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 


Singer Schedule
9:00-12 noon - Rehearsals with Robert Shoup
12 noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch (on your own)
1:30 - 4:15 p.m. - Rehearsals with Robert Shoup
5:00 p.m. - Festival Worship Service 

Conductor/Director Schedule
9:00 - 12 noon - Workshops and Reading Sessions 
12 noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch (on your own)
1:30 - 4:15 p.m. - Rehearsals with Robert Shoup and the Festival Chorus
This year, our conductors will be invited to join the choir and lead in our worship service.
5:00 p.m. - Festival Worship Service

About our Conductor

Robert Shoup is serving his 19th season as Chorusmaster/Staff Conductor at the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Known for ensembles called by critics “totally enthralling” and “completely mesmerizing,” Shoup has led the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus for 18 of its 25 years, preparing it for concerts, tours and recordings from Hampton Roads to Europe.
Mr. Shoup is a singer the Pittsburgh Post Gazette described as possessing “an especially fine tenor voice.”  He has sung or prepared singers for performances with Renee Fleming, Lorin Maazel, Rosemary Clooney, Garrison Keillor, Kristin Chenowith and Rob Fisher. Shoup sang the role of John Adams in the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s Crispus Attucks.

Shoup has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (voice) from Duquesne University, and a Master’s in Conducting from the studio of Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University.

He is the Director of Music Ministry at Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk.


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