‘Keyboards and Chorale’ at Winona Lake Church Sunday Evening
Keyboard artists Bill Schaffer and Rich Dick, along with a select vocal ensemble, will present a free “Keyboards and Chorale” program at 6 p.m. this Sunday, July 25 in the worship center of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana, as part of the church’s Sunday Night Praise series.
The piano/organ segment of the evening will include opportunity for improvisation and for the congregation to make requests. The latter part of the program will include narration by Dr. James Nesbitt and Mary Elsa Schaffer, a tenor solo by Tim Yocum, and many numbers featuring the organ and piano, 20-voice select vocal ensemble, and congregation.
Bill Schaffer, whose late father William H. Schaffer was a well-known Grace Brethren pastor and one of the founders of Grace Theological Seminary, is a Grace College music graduate, former Grace College music faculty member, and was organist at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church and at the Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
He was chair of the music department at Miami Christian University, has been the organist for Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church, Bibletown at Boca Raton, Florida, and for many years has been tonal director, clinician, and concertizer for Central Organ Company in Miami, which features Rodgers electronic organs and Rufatti pipe organs. Rich Dick, also a Grace Brethren pastor’s son and former organist at the Winona Lake church, recently retired after 37 years as the choral director at Concord (Ind.) High School.
All are welcome to participate in this unique worship experience, followed by an informal time of keyboard improvisation and group singing.