Carolina clergy come together for beautiful choral concert

Pradeep Hatcher

Photo Credit: Chowan HeraldPhoto Credit: Chowan HeraldSeveral St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVOTS) alumni lent their voices to a performance by the Clergy Choir of the Carolinas Deanery in Edenton, North Carolina.

The Carolinas Deanery of the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) held its spring retreat in Edenton March 21 through April 2, 2019. On April 1, the Deanery Clergy Choir gave a concert at St. George’s Orthodox Church, where SVOTS Alumnus and SVS Press Editor Fr. Benedict Churchill (’10) is the Priest-in-Charge. Father Benedict himself sang in the choir, and was joined by fellow SVS Press Editor and SVOTS Alumnus Fr. Ignatius Green (’15) and Alumni Frs. Thomas Moore (’98), Peter Robichau (’10), Andrew Cannon (16), Patrick Pulley (’16), Marcus Burch (’97), Christopher Foley (’06), and John Cox (‘11).

“Let’s just say it like it is - a capella Russian Orthodox music stirred the soul and perhaps brought people closer to God,” wrote Miles Layton, who reported on the event for the local Chowan Herald newspaper.

“The sanctuary was packed,” he added.

The Chowan Herald also recorded a part of the concert and uploaded it to YouTube.

The event was co-sponsored by the Chowan Arts Council.