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Community Hymn SING with Alice Parker and Paul Vasile

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First Congregational Church of Webster Groves

10 W Lockwood Ave

St. Louis, MO 63119

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Join celebrated composer, teacher, and song leader Alice Parker and Eden's Seminary's Director of Music Paul Vasile as we lift our voices in song, experiencing sacred music from a range of musical traditions, cultures, and styles.

The event is FREE and open to the public. All are invited to join us, whether you read music or 'catch' the music by ear. You are also welcome to two additional SINGs at Eden Theological Seminary on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

SINGS led by Alice Parker have delighted groups all over North America since she began leading them forty years ago. They invite people of all ages and backgrounds who wish to sing together. The music can be sacred or secular, sung without accompaniment with the aim of welcoming what singers can provide with their own voices and imagination.

The focus is on melody—that which can be sung by one voice, that miraculous combination of words, rhythms and pitches. Ms. Parker teaches by modeling, ‘lining out’ the melody so that what the listener learns is a totally convincing, musically satisfying song. The group repeats each phrase, listening for ever more-subtle inflections, until the mood and sound of that melody are established. Then the group is invited to improvise a setting according to suggestions made by the leader: sing an echo, make a round, try an ostinato, or harmonize.

The evening's SING is sponsored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing.

This community event is part of Sharing the Song, a workshop for song leaders excited to nurture and sustain singing in their communities sponsored by Eden Seminary and Melodious Accord, a not-for-profit organization founded by Alice Parker dedicated to bringing together composers, performers, and listeners in the creation and re-creation of music.

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