Simpson University Hosts Community Worship Concert
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - More than 1,000 people gathered for a free collaborative worship concert March 3 featuring Simpson University choral ensembles and Redding-based singer-songwriter Kristene DiMarco and her band.
The "It Is Well" concert was directed by Dr. Cyril Myers Jr. and showcased Simpson music students and faculty, the Simpson Chorale, and Trinity Repertory Singers. Members of the Weaverville Community Chorus joined the groups onstage for a rousing number titled “Hope for Resolution.” The concert was held in the James M. Grant Student Life Center on campus.
During the second half, the Simpson Chorale remained on stage to accompany DiMarco, who sang six of her original worship songs, including the highly acclaimed “It Is Well,” all from her latest CD, “Mighty.”
Dr. Myers, director of choral activities at Simpson, explained to the audience that part of the purpose of the concert was to “recast traditional hymns and the role of choir in the context of contemporary worship leading.”
“In my experience, there is no greater or profound statement of collective and unified worship and community than participation in a chorus,” he said.
Featured Simpson University music students included Sarah Meng, Ericka Thompson, Melissa Muffley, Julianna Valencia, and Hannah Ferguson. In addition to Dr. Myers, Simpson music faculty members Dr. Dan Pinkston and Dr. Dwayne Corbin also participated, vocally and instrumentally.
Simpson University’s Music Department offers bachelor’s degrees in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, and music liberal arts. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/music.
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Top: Kristene DiMarco and the Simpson Chorale lead the audience in worship March 3 at the 'It Is Well' concert in the James M. Grant Student Life Center.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations