The Role of Music in Chapel Worship
The role of music in chapel worship is to enable, enliven, and enrich all who seek a relationship with God and to help provide a vehicle where our faith can be expressed and strengthened. Even as we believe music to be a central expression of faith, devotion, praise, piety, and celebration, we also believe it is a fundamental vehicle of evangelism and outreach into the community. We affirm that music has been since the beginning of time an avenue used by God as a means to redeem and edify humanity, and is understood as a paramount medium whereby the God/human, human/God relationship is expressed. We therefore strive to offer God and this worshipping community our very best music, not as a reflection of our greatness or because God requires artistic perfection, but because we strive to honor and give thanks for the gifts God has first given us!
The Chapel Choir
Chapel Choir serves as the resident choir for the Chapel at High Point University. This ensemble rehearses every Monday and Wednesday and participates in every Chapel service throughout the year. Members of Chapel Choir come from all academic disciplines across campus and have a wide range of experience singing in choirs. What each member shares in common is a love of singing and a desire to sing music to the glory of God at a high level of artistic expression. For members seeking to gain experience leading in church music, opportunities exist for planning, researching, rehearsing, conducting, and implementing worship services under the guidance of the director. To be selected for this ensemble, auditions are held in the fall and spring of each year. All members may receive academic credit (register for MUS 1320 for 1 credit hour). Required rehearsals are Mondays, 5:10-6:25 p.m., and participation in weekly chapel services is required.
If you are interested in scheduling an audition, contact Dr. Marc Foster at 841.4551.
Chair, Music Department and Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Foster came to High Point in 2009 after serving as the Director of Worship Arts Ministries at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS and artistic director of Mississippi Chorus. Dr. Foster taught music at the University of Texas at Arlington and Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. He received his Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Sacred Music degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral Conducting and Voice from UNC-Greensboro.