On Saturday, June 1, Choristers from around New Jersey gathered at Christ Church, Short Hills for the Sixth Annual RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) NJ Choral Festival.
This year's program was conducted by Gail Blache-Gill, Minister of Music at St. Paul and the Incarnation, Jersey City, and accompanied by Dr. Andrew Moore, Director of Music at Christ Church and Andrew Zhang, Organist at Holy Trinity, West Orange and Piano Instructor at St Paul's Choir School, Englewood. The event was organized by Mark Trautman, Missioner for Music and the Arts of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.
Repertoire included Harrison Oxley's Preces and Responses, an Anglican chant Psalm by S.S. Wesley, and Dyson's Evening Canticles in C minor. Ms. Blache-Gill also taught us a new gospel piece, Jesus Promised by Tim Carpenter, which was recently premiered by the Chicago Mass Choir.
The RSCM NJ Festival is a wonderful opportunity for choristers from around the state to spend a day making music and new friends together, and a time for Christian formation and fellowship. Previous directors have included Bruce Neswick, Rob Ridgell, Loraine Enlow, Donald Morris, and Dr. Malcolm Merriweather. Our next festival will be spring 2020, and dates and venue will be announced soon. Everyone is welcome!