There are numerous acapella singing groups associated with the churches of Christ. This article will focus on two of the better known groups: the Harding University Concert Choir and Hallal.
Harding University is located in Searcy, Arkansas. It is a private Christian university that serves a diverse, coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world. Although admittance is not limited to members of the churches of Christ, that is where its primary constituency lies.
The 90-member Harding University Concert Choir was organized in autumn of 1988. Choir members are chosen by audition. The majority of the members of the choir come from students who major in studies other than music. The choir has performed for important dignitaries, including President George Bush.
In all of its concerts, the Harding University Concert Choir brings a message of musical excellence and spiritual commitment. The choir has released a number of CD recordings of acapella hymns. One of its most popular recordings is that of the hymns of Fanny Crosby.
Hallal, is one of the finest acappella contemporary Christian worship groups around today. Their arrangements (and many of their songs) are all original. One of their original compositions, “Faithful Love,” has been translated into six languages and is song in Christian circles outside of the churches of Christ and Christian churches. Unlike many acappella singing groups today, they primarily sing contemporary Christian praise songs.
Hallal was founded in 1989 by the Young family, and it began as an acappella singing group in Midland, Texas. It has participated in hundreds of conferences across the United States and throughout the world. In 2003, Hallal moved to Franklin, Tennessee, which is a growing center for contemporary Christian music. For approximately the first ten years of this ministry, all of their recordings were acappella. However, some of Hallal’s more recent recordings also feature musical instrumentation.
Hallal Worship provides concerts and leads worship services in churches all around the world, primarily at churches of Christ and Christian churches.
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