Hymn Sing 2016

Join others who love to sing the old hymns for an unforgettable experience! The annual “Hymn Sing by the Sea” at George Washington Inn and Estate will take place on July 30, 2016 at 2 PM. Further details to be announced.

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Frank Garlock to lead International Hymn Sing on July 26, 2014

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Dr. Frank Garlock is an internationally-known musician, composer, and conductor.

He is recognized in both the sacred and secular fields for music which is of the highest quality. His compositions have been performed around the world by professional choirs and instrumental groups, and his performing ensembles have received recognition from such groups as the Music Educators National Convention and the International Trombone Workshop.

He received his undergraduate training at Bob Jones University and completed his graduate degree at the Eastman School of Music. He has taught at several colleges including Bob Jones University where he founded and directed the thirty-member Trombone Choir, the Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Vesper Choir. He also was the chairman of the Music Theory Department at Bob Jones University, and composed film music in addition to conducting several opera performances.

He founded the sacred music master’s degree program at Pensacola Christian College which trains musicians from all over the world, thereby helping mature musicians to use their talents more effectively wherever they serve.

Dr. Garlock has been a board member of The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center since 1971. He served as the music director in the early years of the camp.

As the founder and president of Majesty Music, Inc., he has developed and directed one of the largest independent publishing companies for church music in the country. Under his leadership, Majesty Music has produced well over 100 recordings and publications for every aspect of church music. Missionaries have translated much of the vocal music into multiple languages, and it ministers to people in every part of the globe. Dr. and Mrs. Garlock have written many songs together, as well as cantatas for Easter, Christmas, and other special holidays.

Dr. Garlock established the Majesty MusiCollege, a seminar program for church musicians that provides musical training in every facet of church music ministries. This seminar reaches over 500 musicians each year.

In 1997, Dr. Garlock produced Majesty Hymns, a hymnal with over 600 hymns, gospel songs, and choruses, with additional medleys, choral descants, and extensive indexes.

He has produced several DVD/video series including The Language of Music, Pop Goes the Music, and The Nature of Music. These series have instructed and ministered to churches, Christian schools, and families around the world.

In 1992, Dr. Garlock co-authored a book with Kurt Woetzel, entitled Music in the Balance. This book has proved to be an important resource that examines what Scripture says about how we are to fulfill the Lord’s admonition to sing a new song to Him.

Dr. Garlock was in Jacmel, Haiti during the devastating earthquake of 2010. He has since written a book entitled Haiti: A Time for Miracles that recounts the many miraculous events that God orchestrated to protect and provide for him and others in the days following the earthquake.

In 2012, he wrote his autobiography, I Being in the Way, the Lord Led Me. As Dr. Garlock meditated on the idea, he realized that the events of his life were not really about him, but about his Savior. From childhood until now, he has joyfully proclaimed Jesus Christ through music and preaching. His prayer is that the book will inspire and encourage readers to use their God-given talents for the Lord.

The Garlocks continue to serve the Lord, traveling to conferences and presenting music seminars in churches and schools. At 83 years of age, Dr. Frank Garlock remains full of energy and enthusiasm. We look forward to his valuable role in the inaugural international hymn sing at the Washington Music Festival on July 26, 2014.

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Barn acoustics

Did you know that there are over 7 million people living within 100 miles of George Washington Inn & Estate? Imagine how many fans of baroque music live in greater Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. Is there any reason why a world-class concert venue couldn’t be established on this 10 acre lavender farm with a large acoustical barn that would enhance the beauty of this unique setting? This area has so much to offer with the waterfront, mountains and the Olympic National Park. Why not add a little Bach?

This barn in Allerton, IL seats around 200 people. Listen to another video clip on this Allerton Music Barn Festival link.

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Allerton Music Barn Festival

“Allerton has its own magic.  After a concert, standing in the cool, moist air outside the barn, there are no city lights to wash out the night sky.  Several planets shine brightly, and the Milky Way splashes a faint band from tree line to tree line above the clearing around the barn.  People talk quietly about the music, and the crickets continue their concert. The spell lasts longer, and the event puts down roots in your memory.” —Brian Mackey, Heartland Magazine

If you are interested in having a part or participating in the formation of a non-profit for this purpose, contact Dan Abbott at 360-452-5207 or Dewey Ehling at 360-457-4250. If sufficient support is generated for such a project, a matching gift of property needed for its construction will be made.

Additional ideas on barn design:

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A concert of fine music

The inaugural Washington Music Festival is just a week away! The players are polishing up their music and there is an eager anticipation in the air. With the three great cities of Victoria, Seattle and Vancouver within 100 miles there’s an appetite for culture and good classical music, in particular the rich Baroque era that “expanded the size, range, and complexity of instrumental performance, and also established opera, cantata, oratorio, concerto, and sonata as musical genres.”

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The Olympic Peninsula has many qualified musicians whose talents have been put to work. If Bach’s Mass in B Minor could be performed this past April here in Port Angeles, then these talents need to be nourished and propagated for the future.

Come out to an oceanfront oasis and enjoy the panoramic views and sweet smells of a lavender farm that takes you back in time. The Sequim Lavender Farmers Association is holding its annual “Heritage Lavender Farm Tour” which opens six beautiful farms to thousands of visitors who have made Sequim world-famous for lavender over the past two decades. Washington Lavender Farm will allow you to relax on their front lawn and take in music that George and Martha Washington would have enjoyed in a remarkably similar setting to Mount Vernon. All you need is a ticket to this farm tour event. Come and show your support for this exciting new music festival!

 

The first practice session

An evening practice session was held at the inn which gave players an opportunity to polish up their music and get familiar with their beautiful surroundings. It also allowed the director to check the sound. Maestro Dewey Ehling loved the way the music carried across the lawn.

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As the evening progressed the practice session moved inside the Great Room of George Washington Inn. It was a productive session and everyone enjoyed their time invested in preparing for the inaugural Washington Music Festival. If you had been listening you would have heard baroque music interspersed with some patriotic music that George Washington would have recognized. The inn’s walls reverberated with the incredible music of Bach and Handel and made it sound like a Stradivarius.

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Rehearsals at the inn

Calling all participants. Rehearsals will be taking place with maestro Dewey Ehling at George Washington Inn on Monday evenings, July 8 and 15 from 7 – 9 PM. This will allow the ensembles to get acquainted with the facility.

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The inaugural Washington Music Festival will take place this summer at George Washington Inn and Estate on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, 2013 from 2-5 PM. It will include various  ensembles playing music reminiscent of the era when our nation began. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket. Sit back and enjoy some beautiful baroque music from George Washington’s day. Click here for more info on tickets, etc.

Imagine!

An imagination is a wonderful thing…so is good music!

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“I sat in the lush green grass of early summer, beneath the dappled shade of two young oak trees, a strong sun piercing the leafy canopy above my head. Delicate clumps of daffodils about my feet bowed gracefully as they prepared to retire after a long spring, adorning the lawns in front of this great house.

I imagined guests arriving up the long winding gravel driveway in horse and carriage, each and every one dressed in fine cloth from exotic far off lands. I imagined a small group of musicians sitting in the great hall welcoming the guests arrival, with the most up to date popular music. One of those pieces could very well have been this beautiful Sonata in F by the then very famous George Frideric Handel.” Johnnie Lawson, Muzica Clasica de Relaxare-Relaxation-Classical Music

There’s no need to imagine any longer. Make those dreams come true. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket this summer, relax on the inn’s front lawn and enjoy some of the finest baroque and early American folk music as it wafts through the ocean air from under the portico of George Washington Inn.

Bach reinvented

Perhaps the world’s longest xylophone.

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A little Bach goes a long way! It’s still being enjoyed in ways he would never have imagined. How many years later? 263 years and counting.

Come join us this summer for some more Bach at the inaugural Washington Music Festival – July 19-21 at George Washington Inn and Estate! You will find baroque music wrapped up in an exciting new package.

Moving forward

Recently a composer was having a premiere of his latest piece performed in a major music hall when the orchestra suddenly shut down and packed up right in the middle of the piece to keep from going into overtime. Apparently the orchestra’s union had given the members instructions to do so. Today budgets are under stress and funding has been cut by cash-strapped organizations. People have many choices from which to select their preferred listening venue.

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Joshua Bell, world-renowned violin virtuoso, has made a profound statement about music today. “We need to keep finding ways of reaching young people in environments that make them feel comfortable, without altering the music,” Bell said. “We don’t need to add drum beats to great classical works to reach younger people. That’s not the point at all.” He continued, “They can connect with great classical music, but sometimes it means finding the right venue, or the right time of day, or the right way to present it where they feel embraced. We should always be experimenting with things like that.” (See article by James Chute/U-T)

We hope you will come and experience our exciting new venue this summer. The setting for the inaugural Washington Music Festival is a beautiful ten acre oceanfront lavender farm with a replica of George and Martha Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon as its iconic focal point.

Planting and reaping

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Nothing beautiful happens without a lot of planning and effort. Not only will it be appealing to the eyes, but something sounds charming about a baroque music festival on an oceanfront lavender farm here in “America’s Provence”! Come check it out this July when all the lavender is in full bloom!

Here’s a ink to ticket info: https://washingtonmusicfestival.wordpress.com/ticket-info/