Our Response

Originally published in the 2017 Spring Quarterly Explorer “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” — Leonard Bernstein These words Leonard Bernstein wrote on the day of the assassination of...

Give Me Jesus – Arranged by Moses Hogan

Give Me Jesus – Arranged by Moses Hogan Recording by Taylor DaCosta, mezzo-soprano soloist – Ms. DaCosta is a Choral Scholar here at River Road. She is completing her senior year at VCU. Robert Gallagher, Minister of Music Recorded on Sunday, April 30,...

There is a Balm in Gilead – William L. Dawson

There is a Balm in Gilead – William L. Dawson Recording by River Road Chancel Choir Victoria Jackson, soprano soloist – Ms. Jackson is a Choral Scholar here at River Road. She is completing her senior year at VCU, where she studies with Cynthia Donnell....

A Word of Appreciation

Over the course of many years, our music ministry has been provided with generous and thoughtful financial support from the Endowment at River Road Church. When River Road considered the possibility of renewing Children’s and Youth Handbell Choirs, the Endowment...

Handel’s Messiah – Our Messiah

In July of 1741, librettist Charles Jennens laid out the biblical texts that Handel would soon set as the oratorio Messiah. In eager anticipation of Handel’s impending masterwork, Jennens wrote to a friend, “I hope he will lay out his whole Genius & Skill...