Report on Festival of Church Music 2013

festival-logo-2013On Sunday, November 3, 2013, the Church Music Institute sponsored its third Festival of Church Music featuring 350 singers from 19 church choirs in north and east Texas.

Paul Leddington Wright from Coventry, England, conducted anthems and led 1,500 in singing hymns accompanied by a brass ensemble and Mary Preston at the Lay Family Fisk organ. Composer Hal Hopson was honored for his many contributions to the song of the church. In addition to anthems by Hal Hopson, the choir sang compositions by Parry, Vaughan Williams, David McK. Williams, Stanford, Andre Thomas, Rutter, Widor and Tschesnokoff. Mary Preston played opening and closing voluntaries by Vierne, Franck and Widor.

Click here to download a pdf version of the Festival program.


Emmanuel Presbyterian, Bedford – Clinton Bray
First Presbyterian, Arlington – Russell Farnell
First Presbyterian, Bonham – Roger Ashcraft
First Presbyterian, Forney – Wayne Davis
First Presbyterian, Grapevine – Rick Walsh
First Presbyterian, Plano – Linda Dyer Pease
First Presbyterian, Richardson – Ralph Stannard*
First Presbyterian, Tyler – Donald Duncan
First United Methodist, Paris – Pat Fowzer
First United Methodist, The Colony – Tish Davenport
Marvin United Methodist, Tyler – Jim Broussard*
Preston Hollow Presbyterian, Dallas – Terry Price*
St. George Episcopal, Dallas – Peggy Wood
St. John’s Episcopal, Dallas – Mary Preston
St. Mark’s United Methodist, Mesquite – Larry McCord
St. Philip Presbyterian, Hurst – Pam Cochrane
Trinity Presbyterian, Flower Mound – Sara Abell
Trinity Presbyterian, Plano – Dave Leeman
West Plano Presbyterian, Plano – Kathy Johnson

* Festival Choir Rehearsal Conductor