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Dove Award winner educates Cumberland choir

Friday, November 30, 2012

Dove Award winner and Bethel University Renaissance Senior Executive Director Peter Jeffrey leads the Cumberland Presbyterian Chancel Choir at a rehearsal retreat on Sunday, Nov. 18. The group will present 'The Hope of Christmas: Share the Light' in the sanctuary of Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m., on Sunday Dec. 9. Admission is free.
Members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Adult Cancel Choir were treated to a lesson from Dove Award winner Peter Jeffrey last week.

Choir members took part in a rehearsal retreat to put the finishing touches on the church's Christmas musical, "The Hope of Christmas: Share the Light" on Sunday, Nov. 18. Jeffrey, who now serves as the senior executive director of Bethel University's Renaissance, led the retreat.

Jeffrey won a GMA Dove Award for his song, "Without You (I Haven't Got a Prayer)" in 1995. That same year, the song won the CCMA Song of the Year.

With extensive live show experience, Jeffrey has entertained at the Grand Ole Opry, as well as from stages all over the world. He has also performed in several music videos and appeared on television shows including "The Tonight Show," "The Today Show," and "The View."

Jeffrey has worked with some of the music industry's most prominent entertainers including Doug Stone, McBride and the Ride, Jo Dee Messina and Lee Ann Womack.

Cumberland Presbyterian Choir Director Sara Williams said Jeffries is no stranger to members of the church.

"It was a real honor to have him there," said Williams. "(In the past,) he has brought many of his different groups from Bethel to our church and most of the choir members knew him. But not in this capacity. He was delightful to work with and we felt honored to have him. He worked us really hard but we learned so much."

"The experience was phenomenal," said CPC choir member Maleia Evans. "Our church choir is so blessed to have had the opportunity to train in our ministry under such a talented musician. He gave us instruction in several ways, musically, that will make our cantata meaningful to the audience and a blessing to God."

Williams said there will be a variety of visual elements in the cantata, including a traditional nativity, a dancer and a 50-member choir and orchestra.

"'The Hope of Christmas, Share the Light' is a beautiful cantata with both traditional and contemporary favorites along with drama and a few other surprises sure to delight the audience," said Evans. "It is our offering to the community that we may all have hope for Christmas and all the year long."

"It is really going to be beautiful," said Williams.

The Cumberland Presbyterian Chancel Choir and Orchestra will perform "The Hope of Christmas: Share the Light" in the sanctuary of Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m., on Sunday Dec. 9.

Admission is free.

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