Immanuel Chapel Dedicatory Year
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016

Virginia Theological Seminary presents
Organist Todd Fickley in Concert
Time: 4:45 p.m.
Location: Immanuel Chapel, Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA

The public is invited to a recital presented by prize-winning organist, Todd Fickley, on Sunday, June 26, at 4:45 p.m. in Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary. Mr. Fickley is Associate Music Director and Chorus Master of the Cathedral Choral Society and Assistant Conductor and Keyboard Artist for the Washington Bach Consort. The recital, in memory of David R. Curfman and J. Reilly Lewis and in honor of Blanche Curfman, celebrates the occasion of the donation to Bishop Payne Library of the David R. Curfman, M.D. Collection of Sacred Music and Liturgy. 

4:00 p.m. - Curfman Collection Dedication: Bishop Payne Library
4:45 p.m. - Organ Recital in Immanuel Chapel
6:00 p.m. - Reception: Immanuel Chapel’s North Terrace

Click here to download a poster for the event. (PDF)
Reception immediately following the performance. Admission is free, but please register by email to Debbie Townsend:


Evening School Course: Sacred Space led by the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D.
(postponed until Spring 2018)


4-5 – Convocation 2016 with Ed. Begley Jr.

Previous events:


6 - Icon Exhibition opens in the Welcome Center (through November 21, 2015) 

13 - Chapel Consecration (Click here for information and to register) 
13 - Sculpture and Photo Essay: Envisioning the Visitation - An Encounter with the Creative Arts (through December 18)

26-27 - Symposium on Congregational Song

27 - Community Sing, featuring Alice Parker, Marilyn Haskel, and Ysaye Barnwell.


3 - Evening School: Envisioning the Visitation - An Encounter with the Creative Arts, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm, Addison Academic Center, lower level

6 - Fridays at the Seminary with Dr. Thomas G. Long, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Immanuel Chapel

6 - Dedicatory Organ Recital with Scott Dettra, 7:30 pm, Immanuel Chapel

10 - Faculty Inaugural Lecture: The Rev. James Farwell, Ph.D., 5:45 pm, Immanuel Chapel

15 - Service at sculpture Mary as Prophet – He has filled the hungry with good things, by adjunct instructor Peggy (Margaret Adams) Parker. 2:30 pm Service at Sculputure, 3:00 - 5:00 pm reception in Addison Academic Center, lower level

20 - Forum presentation with icon-painters, Philip Davydov and Olga Shamamova, on their exhibition, "The Living Tradition of Icon Painting. 1:00 p.m.


5 - Advent Pilgrimage: A Walk Through Sacred Space. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Immanuel Chapel Register

6 - Dean's Cross with Lessons & Carols

13 - Messiah Sing-Along Conducted by Dr. Mark Whitmire with soloists and the Washington Philharmonic Orchestra. Bring your copy of Handel’s Messiah and sing along with others from the community. A perfect way to get into the spirit of the season! 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Immanuel Chapel


10 - Organ Recital with Janet Yieh, 4:00 p.m., Immanuel Chapel

The public is invited to a recital by organist Janet Yieh. Ms. Yieh began playing organ at the age of 11. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is currently a Master’s organ student at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music. She served for four years as the assistant organist at Trinity Church, Wall Street, and her playing has been broadcast on the national radio program Pipedreams. Admission is free. No tickets required. Reception to follow in the Welcome Center. 
19-22- Storyteller Class led by Donald Davis

21 - An Evening of Storytelling featuring Donald Davis, 6:00 pm, Immanuel Chapel

The public is invited to enjoy an evening of storytelling with Donald Davis and students in the Original Stories of Proclaimation course. Admission is free. No tickets required.

Evening School Course: Peace-making and Spiritual Discipline led by the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
February 9 - April 26, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. More information

20 - Illuminated Lives: Silent Retreat with activities led by the Rev. Dawna Wall, D.Min.

MARCH - MAY 2016
Degree and Enriched Evening School Course: Biblical Storytelling: Sacred Spaces led by the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D.

March 2016

18 - Organist Marilyn Keiser in Concert, 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Immanuel Chapel
The public is invited to a recital by organist Marilyn Keiser. Dr. Keiser is Chancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington. She has appeared throughout the U.S. in concerts sponsored by churches, colleges, and chapters of the American Guild of Organists as well as playing internationally, and has been heard in performance on NPR. In May 1995, she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Virginia Theological Seminary. Free admission. No tickets or registration required.

27 - Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill

31 - The Cathedral Choir, Christ Church, Oxford, 7:30 pm, Immanuel Chapel
On its USA and Canada Tour 2016, the Cathedral Choir of Christ Church, Oxford will present a concert of sacred choral masterpieces including music by Tallis, Parsons, Byrd, Grieg, and Hadly. Stephen Darlington, director. Free admission. No tickets or registration required.

APRIL 2016
4-5 Virginia Theological Seminary will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with commemorations on April 4-5, 2016. We will begin with Holy Eucharist on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in Manhattan. Free admission. No tickets or registration required.

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, we will have both a morning lecture at 8:15 am in the Chapel and an afternoon at 1:00 pm in the multipurpose room by Dr. Carl W. Haywood. Dr. Haywood is the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts and Director of the Division of Music at Norfolk State University. He has gifted the church with numerous musical compositions, including "Blessed Martin, Pastor, Prophet." Dr. Haywood will guide us as we reflect on the role of music in movements for justice and equality. Free admission. No tickets or registration required.

9 - Chanticleer: Over the Moon, 7:30 pm, Immanuel Chapel.
Founded in San Francisco in 1978, Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. The Chanticleer tour Over the Moon features newly written “Three Moon Songs” for Chanticleer by internationally acclaimed composer Nico Muhly.

22 - Silent Movie "The Phantom of the Opera" with live organ improvisation by Dorothy Papadakos, 7:30 pm, Immanuel Chapel. Free admission. No tickets or registration required.
The public is invited to a presentation of the Blu-ray restoration of the 1929 silent horror film masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney. Internationally acclaimed organist Dorothy Papadakos will provide the live improvised musical score on Immanuel Chapel’s thrilling new Taylor & Boody organ with 2,061 pipes. Audience members are invited to come in costume for this gala event, if so inclined. (This film is recommended for children age 10 and up, as younger children may be frightened by the Phantom’s appearance.)

MAY 2016
6 - Created for Abundant Life with the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, LPER, Addison Academic Center. Register here.
We are part of creation, with a particular charge to care for the whole interconnected world that supports all life. What are we learning about more intentional and effective stewardship? How can God’s beloved, as followers of Jesus, engage in loving God, self, and all our neighbors more whole-heartedly?
We’ll use a variety of learning styles and consider a spectrum of possibilities – the human mind and heart, hands and feet, voice and appetite; the life-giving river, cloud, wind, and sun, kitchen and creative garden around us; the gifts and lives of neighbors near and far, human and not.
Come and see, hear, taste, and imagine how to live the greater love and more abundant life Jesus promised to all.  

11 - Storytelling and/in Sacred Space, 7:00, Immanuel Chapel, Free admission, No tickets or registration required.
Enjoy the liveliness of God’s word and experience the story of the Christian faith as students present stories connected to the theme of sacred space in Scripture.

12 -Looking Back, Dreaming Forward: A Conversation with Frank Griswold and Katharine Jefferts Schori, 7:30 pm, Immanuel Chapel. Free admission. No tickets or registration required.Life streaming information to be posted: 

JUNE 2016

6-8 - eformation 2016 For information, click here.