The choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, better known as the Church of the 49ers, hosts a Community Hymn Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the church sanctuary. Guest artist Dr. Daryl Hollinger of Arnold has put together a fun program of well-known hymns for the audience to sing together – to make a joyful noise!
Hollinger is an organist and composer who will accompany many of the hymns on the church’s Rodgers organ. He will also perform his own composition as a prelude to one of the hymns. Other hymns of varying styles will feature piano, flute, handbells and trumpet. For one hymn, participants can learn 1800s frontier singing, and a clapping pattern for another. Volunteers will have the opportunity to play the hand chimes.
Hollinger teaches musicianship, music theory and piano at Columbia College, and directs the Columbia College Community Chorus. He is also the music director for the First Congregational Church of Murphys.
“If you love to sing the old hymns, accompanied by a dramatic organ and other instruments, come to the Church of the 49ers…,” said a release.
The event is free to attend, and a freewill offering will be taken to offset expenses. Following the music-making, all are invited to Faith Hall for a reception.
The church is at the corner of Parrotts Ferry Road and Jackson Street in Columbia (11155 Jackson Street). For more, call 559-7723.