The 2007 Ascending Voice was an international four-day festival devoted exclusively to a cappella music. It was designed for college, university, and church choir directors, as well as theologians, musicologists, church historians, singers, and the general public.
The Ascending Voice was also of special interest to Mennonite, Eastern Orthodox, Reformed Presbyterian, and Church of Christ congregations, and other groups that maintain a cappella music traditions.
"We are finding that sacred a cappella music is very broad, indeed global, certainly more so than I had imagined. We did not initially anticipate performing groups from Russia or Colombia—but the word got out and the interest has been surprising."
-- Pepperdine Provost Darryl Tippens
Choral Concert Series
Each day of The Ascending Voice concluded with a concert at Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre.
The Concord Ensemble
Arcadia Coro de Camara
2007 Call for New Hymns Winners
The Ascending Voice is pleased to announce the winners of our Call for New Hymns! The composers and their winning entries are listed below in alphabetical order by hymn title:
- John Beall
All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
- Deeann Mathews
San Francisco, CA
- Lee Dengler
How Great the Mystery of Faith
- Michael S. Bryson
In Him We Are One
- May Schwarz
Music is the Voice of Heaven
- Brad Burrill
The Shadows of the Evening Hours
- Martha Helen Schmidt
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
- Jane Best
Gore Bay, Ontario
Walk in Newness of Life