Wilson Choral Festival concert includes local churches

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The Wilson Church Musicians’ Guild will present the Wilson Choral Festival 2018 on Sunday, July 22, at the First United Methodist Church. The festival will begin at 3 p.m. with a choral clinic with guest clinician Mary McDonald and conclude with a concert at 6 p.m. that is open to the public.

McDonald is a well-known pianist and composer of more than 800 sacred choral works, musicals and keyboard collections. She was sacred music editor for music publisher Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio, for 20 years. She left that position in 2011 to follow her passion of making music as an independent artist and clinician. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation as a composer/clinician.

Participating in the festival will be choirs from First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church and Winstead United Methodist, all of Wilson; First Baptist Church of Fayetteville; Oakmont Baptist Church of Greenville; and Queen Street United Methodist Church of Kinston.

These choirs have been working on the music for the last several months. The pieces include five titles composed/arranged by McDonald including “Lift Your Light,” “Then Sings My Soul,” “Hymn of Peace,” “Fly Away Home” and “A Family of Love” (with children and hand bells). McDonald will also perform several solo pieces.

The public is invited to attend the festival concert in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, located at 100 Green St., in downtown Wilson. In lieu of an admission fee, the audience is asked to take non-perishable food items for Hope Station. A reception will follow the concert.