The arts at VBC
We value our gifts in music and the arts as they glorify God.
Worship at Vienna Baptist is grounded in liturgical tradition. Through the use of familiar hymns, we remember and honor the faith of our past. Through the introduction of new hymns and songs, we recognize that God is still speaking to us. The Chancel Choir participates each week in worship by sharing the gift of music with the congregation. The Chancel Choir repertoire varies greatly in style and period, performing music from the Renaissance to the present. Our pipe organ, a 27 rank, 2 manual organ built in 1987 by Randall Dyer, provides a solid accompaniment to congregational singing. Our choral and congregational music seek to contextualize the readings and themes of the day, as well as support the sermon lesson.
Because worship is grounded in liturgical tradition, we are able to introduce the congregation to a variety of worship styles and experiences. From dramatic presentations and readings to contemplative worship, from prayer experiences to services dedicated to music, worship at VBC appeals to a wide variety of people at all points in their faith journey.
Adult Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir sings weekly at the 11 a.m. Sunday morning worship service. Recent major works have included Agape by Marty Haugen, the Faure Requiem, selections from Handel’s Messiah and Coronation Anthems, the Messe de Minuit pour Noel by Charpentier, and Carols and Lullabies: Songs from the Southwest by Conrad Susa.
The 27-rank Randall Dyer pipe organ and Kimball concert grand piano provide instrumental support for 11 a.m. worship services. Additionally, VBC has five octaves of handbells. VBC has an active guest musician program with George Mason University, allowing students to present recitals in our space in exchange for performing with us on Sunday mornings.
Through music, children from preschool age through 6th grade are learning that participation in worship is a way of serving God. Children sing together during the Sunday Bible study hour and sing in worship periodically.
Since its founding in 1957, VBC has used drama and the arts as tools for its own community enrichment and to present opportunities for mission outreach. Presentations have ranged from full-scale, costumed musical productions with participants of all ages, to simpler, spoken dramatic sketches during worship services.
The outdoor Living Nativity—the only one of its kind in Vienna—has continued each year since 1967 with carols, costumes, choral groups, and live animals enhancing the depiction of the biblical Nativity story. Following the event, we invite the community to com inside and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa.
The fall of 2013 saw the production of a drama written and directed by a church member and performed by the Vienna Baptist Players, a multi-generational cast from church and community.
The visual arts
Weekly art classes, open to church members and the community, have been held at VBC since 1984. Class members show their artwork annually in the church Foyer before and after a Sunday worship service. More than 200 individuals have explored their artistic skills through this program since its inception.