The two Advent Organ Concerts are free to the public. Everyone is invited to join in the festive musical celebration of the Advent Season. There will be a light reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall to follow each of the two concerts. Each concert will begin at 4:30pm.
In lieu of an entry fee, canned food donations are welcome to help re-stock the ALIVE! Food Pantry, which offers food assistance to low-income families in the community.
The 47-year old Schantz Organ was renovated and upgraded last year, restoring it as one of the best pipe organs in Northern Virginia. To learn more about the work completed this year and to see pictures from the renovation, click over to learn more about the organ. To go in detail and learn about the organ’s musical components, check out the stop list.
If you have any questions about the Advent Organ Concerts, please contact our Director of Music, Kyle Miller, at [email protected].
Washington Street UMC is located just off the corner of King Street and Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria. Click here for directions to the church.
Sunday, December 8
Our guest musicians on Sunday, December 8, will be the Seipp / Sheets Duo. The concert will offer a mixture of performance music, including a Christmas Suite comprised of a couple Bach Chorales, and congregational hymns, such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Trumpeter Chuck Seipp retired from The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” in 2012, culminating his 32-year career as Concert Band Group Leader. Sergeant Major Seipp performed at national, presidential, and historical world events, at concerts and special events in Washington, D.C., and for funerals and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He performed with the Concert Band, Orchestra, Ceremonial Band, Herald Trumpets, Brass Quintet, and was a featured soloist.
Organist Randall Sheets is the Ceremonial Organist for Arlington National Cemetery, where for the past twenty-one years he has honored our fallen veterans while performing over 1000 services per year in the historic Old Post Chapel and the Memorial Chapel. He serves as a resource for military chaplains and families in planning services, and has performed services for dignitaries and government officials at the highest levels including senators, Supreme Court justices, secretaries of state and congressmen.
Sunday, December 22
Our organists on Sunday, December 22, will be our very own Melissa Peterson and Kyle Miller. The concert will offer a mixture of sacred and secular Christmas music that will close out the season of Advent in musical fashion. Be ready to sing, as they’ll be weaving Christmas Carols in throughout the evening.
Come and find out what pedal solo Kyle will perform this year, which secular sing along piece Melissa will bust out the theater stops for, and be ready to participate with your most cheerful “neighs” as they again perform their Sleigh Ride organ duet!