The Saint Simons Sacred Music Festival, founded in 2019, is an event inspired by the Music and Worship services of the American Choral Directors Association National Conference. Its goal is to further our sense of community through the healing powers of music. It is a completely non-denominational endeavour open to any and all singers who wish to make our Golden Isles an even better place to be. It also exists to introduce new music to our worship community and to support contemporary composers in the genre of sacred music. We hosted our inaugural composer and clinician Elaine Hagenberg in 2019, and reemerged from COVID with renowned choral composer and clinician Craig Courtney in March of 2022. We are now pleased and proud to host Dr. Z. Randall Stroope in 2023. You can read about our 2023 composer-in-residence and listen to some samples of his music HERE. Dr. Stroope will rehearse and conduct our festival “Honor Choir” and lead us in the world premiere of his newest piece, Come, Walk with Me, commissioned by the festival, at a special service Saturday, Feb. 4th at 5:00 p.m. Want to be a part of choral history? Join our festival choir! Our service, Sing for Community, Sing for Peace, is open to everyone. Donations at the door are warmly encouraged and appreciated.
is an American composer and conductor. He has had recent conducting engagements in Hong Kong, Rome, Barcelona, Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral, Berliner Dom, Salzburger Dom, St. John (Canada), Chicago Orchestra Hall, Carnegie Hall and performed music for mass at the Vatican on 11 different occasions. He is also the Artistic Director for two summer music festivals in Europe and taught composition for FENIARCO (Italy choral conductors) in 2017 and 2018. Randall’s composition teachers were Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of the famous French teacher/composer, Nadia Boulanger (student of Gabriel Fauré). Randall has his own publishing entity (www.zrstroope.com). He has written commissions for orchestras, soloists, choral ensembles, and works for combined forces. Recent commissions include the Raffles Singers (Singapore), Michigan Choral Conductors Consortium, Arlington Master Chorale, West Point Military Academy, Müller Chamber Choir (Taiwan), among others. His works are also published by Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications (Houston), Carl Fischer, Santa Barbara Music Press (California) and others. His shorter choral works — best known of which are Conversion of Saul, Lamentations of Jeremiah, Christi Mutter, We Behold Once Again the Stars, Go Lovely Rose, The Pasture, Revelation, Homeland, I Am Not Yours, Caritas et Amor, Song to the Moon, Inscription of Hope and In Paradisum — have sold four million copies. Randall has been a Professor of Music at Rowan University (New Jersey), Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska (an Endowed Professor at two). He has conducted 24 international choral tours and performed twice at the ACDA National Convention. He now guest conducts and composes full time from his studio in Florida and in New Mexico.