Festival of Sacred Music

Festival of Sacred Music – January 25-26, 2020

You are invited to participate in the Festival Chorus with Nationally Acclaimed Clinician Tom Trenney. Both the rehearsal and the Festival of Sacred Music program will be held at First Church, 104 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota.

The Mass choir rehearsal is on Saturday, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

The Festival of Sacred Music program is on Sunday at 4:00 pm

To learn more about Tom visit his website at: tomtrenney.com

Tom Trenney
Tom Trenney

The Festival Planning Committee and our clinician Tom Trenney have developed the program for the Festival. We have secured a 25% discount on all music purchased through  http://www.CliffHillMusic.com

 Cliff Hill Music has created an order page just for us – scroll down to locate  – 2020 Sarasota AGO Festival.

We will also publish a public domain version of the Beethoven that Mr. Trenney would like to use.

We list the repertoire below. Click on each title to see/hear each selection as available. We hope that getting a glimpse of what is coming will inspire you all to engage your singers in this huge event. We encourage you to get to know Tom Trenney through his many clips on YouTube – simply open YouTube and enter his name – there are workshops, services, sermons and rehearsals which show the multi-faceted and deeply spiritual Tom Trenney. We also ask that you copy this article and send it via email to all your singers and to any other musicians you know. Let’s be very intentional about making this event the best we can imagine!

The program order follows:

Prelude: Flourishes – Carlyle Sharpe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40BFE4HCb1c

Welcome and Opening Prayer

Introit: Creation’s Hymn – Ludwig van Beethoven (with organ)

Hymn: O God, Our Help in Ages Past – arr. Jeremy Bankson (with organ, brass, timpani, optional bells)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBx9daexylo

Anthem: Pilgrim’s Hymn – Stephen Paulus (a cappella)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtZZxVWN21I

Anthem: Christ the Lord – Philip Stopford (with organ and brass)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZaVIhVeE7c

Hymn: How Firm a Foundation (FOUNDATION) (organ and congregation)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKY_gEJ9nsw

Hymn-Anthem: Will You Come and Follow Me – arr. Tom Trenney (with piano; congregation joins on the final stanza)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40n4-xlsPgg

Community Sing (TT leads a cappella congregation)
• Amazing Grace
• Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
• We’ve Come a Long Way, Lord


Hymn: O God, Beyond All Praising (THAXTED) (not the arrangement we will use)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G_u734OP-c

Organ: Variations on “THAXTED” – Tom Trenney

Anthem: O Love – Elaine Hagenberg (with piano)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7BBXRNi1rI

Hymn- Anthem: The Church’s One Foundation – arr. Dan Forrest (organ, brass, optional bells)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ECY2IIeRg8


Organ improvisation