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VIC Choir Festival Celebrates MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life was remembered once again in song as area choirs came together for the 10th Annual VIC Choir Festival. This established tradition never fails to draw a large crowd and this year was no exception. Ushers kept bringing out chairs to accommodate the overflowing crowd at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

Father Charles C. McCoart Jr. opened the service with a prayer, while The Rev. Robert Criswell closed with a benediction. Voices ranged from the very young — Washington Mill Singers and the St. Luke’s Episcopal Youth Choir to the more senior — St. James’ Episcopal Church Senior Choir, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Senior Choir and Heritage Presbyterian Church Senior Choir, and many voices in between.

In all, 18 choirs came together to participate in this melodious event. Among them were: Belle View Baptist Sanctuary Choir; Bethany Lutheran Church Trinity Handbells; Bethlehem Baptist Church choir; Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Choir; Good Shepherd Catholic Church choir; Groveton Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir; Heritage Presbyterian Church Senior Choir; Madrigal Singers of Robert E. Lee High School; Metropolitan Washington Baha’i Chorale; Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church Senior Choir; Mount Vernon United Methodist Dance Choir and People of Prayer and Praise; Rising Hope United Methodist Mission choir; St. James’ Episcopal Church Senior Choir; St. Luke’s Episcopal Youth Choir; St. Marks’ Episcopal Church choir; Wesley United Methodist Church Chancel Choir; Washington Mill Singers and Woodlawn United Methodist Mass Choir.