August 19, 2019

Hymn Festival 2019


We are currently accepting singers for the Hymn Festival 2019 on the weekend of August 23-25 held right here at Outer Banks Presyterian Church. It will be an exciting time and some great hymn arrangements. It promises to be a great weekend and I am excited about Billye Brown-Youmans returning to conduct, and I am thrilled that our Virginia Symphony Brass and Percussion/Timpani will be with us again!
Below is listed Important facts:
  • The dates of the rehearsals that Billye Brown-Youmans will be leading.
  • The songs we will be doing and ways to listen to them.
  • A little about Billye for those of you who have not sung with her before.
If you would consider being a part of this event which has limited rehearsals, please respond and let me know so that I may prepare enough scores for everyone!  Please click here to email Jason and register!



Saturday, August 17: 

9:00-12:00   Rehearsal with Billye Brown-Youmans

 Friday, August 23:

            7:00-9:00   Rehearsal with Billye Brown-Youmans

 Saturday, August 24:

            9:00-12:00   Rehearsal with Billye Brown-Youmans

 Sunday, August 25:

            1:00 pm   Rehearsal with Brass

            2:00 pm   Choir Joins Brass

            4:00 pm   Concert


Song List:  (Not in performance Order)


O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing – Hal H. Hopson  

            Choir, congregation, organ

            No recording

Now Thank We All Our God – Hal H. Hopson

            Choir, congregation, organ, brass, timpani, bells


Christ is the World’s Light – K. Lee Scott                  

            Choir, organ, brass, timpani

O God, Our Help in Ages Past – John. A. Benke      

            Choir, congregation, 2 trumpets, bells


Let All the People Praise You – John Leavitt            

            Choir, organ/piano, brass, percussion


Grace – Mark Hayes                                              

            Choir, piano


We’re Marching to Zion – Ken Berg                         

            Choir, piano, organ


Blessed Assurance – Hal H. Hopson                         

            Billye Brown-Youmans, Soprano Solo

Shall We Gather at the River – Albert L. Travis         

            Choir, organ, flute


The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune – R. Vaughan William

            Choir, congregation, organ, brass, timpani



About Billye Brown-Youmans


BBYBillye Brown Youmans is a versatile singer, active recitalist, clinician and conductor whose voice has been recognized for “her silvery high notes to her warm middle register” (The Virginian Pilot). A proponent of American music, she has premiered songs for numerous composers including Lee Hoiby, Joelle Wallach, Andrew Bleckner and Jean Berger (1909-2002), with whom she toured and who considered her the foremost interpreter of his music. Her solo orchestral guest appear-ances include the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Virtuosi Orchestra in the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphonicity, Nashville Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and the Chattanooga Symphony in addition to various choral arts societies throughout the southern United States. Throughout Hampton Roads in Virginia, she has appeared numerous times as guest artist with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, Virginia Chorale and the Cantata Chorus.


As a conductor, she is acclaimed for the choral sound she achieves. The diversity of her conducting encompasses music from the Baroque to more contemporary repertoire including such works as BWV 4 Christ Lag in Todesbanden by J.S. Bach, Messa C-dur, Op.86 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Te Deum by Franz Joseph Haydn, Requiem by John Leavitt and Requiem by John Rutter. A frequent clinician, she offers workshops and training on diction, effective choral techniques, development of choral tone, and vocal pedagogy.


Ms. Youmans is the Director of Music at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church and is the founder of the widely respected Candlelight Concert Series at the church. Under her direction, the Chancel Choir of Great Bridge Presbyterian Church has completed two successful European Concert tours in 2007 to Austria and Germany and in 2012 to Scotland. A third concert tour is currently being planned.


She holds a graduate degree in voice performance and pedagogy from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and an undergraduate degree in voice performance from Belmont University. Her teachers include Florence Kopleff, Louis Nicholas and Dr. Jerry Warren. She has been an Applied Music Specialist on the music faculty of Virginia Wesleyan College since 1994. Ms. Youmans maintains an active private studio and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She was a recipient of the 1999 YWCA South Hampton Roads Outstanding Woman of the Year Award and a 2014 recipient of the Virginia State N.A.T.S. award for outstanding teaching of high school students. In addition, she has received numerous distinctions for her contributions to the arts.



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