(Norman, Okla) October 5, 2011- 'This festival is an opportunity to celebrate the church's song in an extravagant way,' says John Schwandt, director of the American Organ Institute at the OU School of Music. 'Come join us for this unique and inspirational event.  The singing is sure to raise the roof.'


The University of Oklahoma School of Music in conjunction with the McFarlin United Methodist Church present the 'Hymn Festival - A Time for Singing' a concert featuring the OU University Choral, University Singers, Chamber Singers and the Church Chancel Choir at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Blvd., Norman. The concert is free and open to the public.


Schwandt says hymns are done in arrangement with extended organ introductions, alternative accompaniments, plus added brass, percussion, and choral descants; all to bring out the texts and tunes of hymns; poetry set to music.  Heartfelt reflections are read between the singing of the hymns to tie the spiritual theme of the event together. 

For additional information on OU Choirs, please visit choirs.ou.edu.