Disciples Christian Church wins church choir festival
The Chancel Choir of Disciples Christian Church (DCC) in Cleveland Heights was named the winner of the WCLV Jubilation - the Elizabeth Stuart Church Choir Festival.
As one of three finalists in WCLV’s competition, the choir had the honor of competing live on the air on the Cleveland classical radio station on May 8. WCLV broadcast the festival from the beautiful, historic sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.
DCC competed against the St. Joseph VLQ (Very Large Quartet), the Trinity Lutheran Church Choir from Lakewood, and an all-male choir from Avon Lake. Adam Kukuk, DCC music director, chose a varied repertoire ranging from the spiritual “My God is a Rock” and Olivier Messiaen’s “O Sacrum Convivium,” to two pieces from the Sacred Harp that showcased Shape Note singing. Westlake Christian Church’s music minister, Jake Briggs, accompanied the DCC choir on the piano and organ.
In a very proud moment for Kukuk, the choir, senior minister Kristine Eggert and DCC, the judges named the DCC choir as the winner.
The winning program was also sung during a Choir Sunday service. A video of the performance can be found on YouTube.
Disciples Christian Church is located at 3663 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights, and online at www.discipleschristian.org.
Ronald Werman is an elder and communications chairperson of Disciples Christian Church.