Adult Choir Festival Youth Choir Festival Youth Choir Festival 15th Anniversary

The Festival By the Sea music festivals, begun in 2000, grew out of a need to provide high-quality music festivals for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches. This has grown into an ecumenical series of festivals encompassing Youth Choirs and Adult Choirs. Noted clinicians provide leadership for the festivals helping participating choirs achieve levels of performance not normally attained in the local church setting. Choirs leave challenged to work harder and strive for greater achievement in their local music programs. One of the hallmark features of these festivals has been the deeply spiritual worship experiences that have been designed to coincide with the music that has been prepared for the festivals. Not only do participants learn to sing but they learn to integrate their music into a worship framework that has meaning – engaging the heart, mind, and spirit. Additionally, the festivals have provided an opportunity for participants to meet others with similar music interests and build relationships that will last for years to come.

January 27-28, 2023

Emily Burch, Guest Director

Location: First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC

Registration Information

January 27-28, 2023

First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC


8:30-10:00pm rehearsal

9:30-12:30am rehearsal
12:30pm -1:30 lunch (included with registration; on site)
1:30-3:00 rehearsal
3:30 worship

How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place, Brahms, Hinshaw, HMC-761

For this Joy, LaBarr, Walton Music, WW1917

Come Thou Fount, Wilberg, Oxford, 0193860600

Ubi Caritas, V. Johnson, Choristers Guild, CGE64

Total Praise, Smallwood, arr. Barnett/Rao, Boosey & Hawkes, 10280032

Let Everything That Has Breath, Ames, Earthsongs

Singers not associated with a choir may contact Mark Kemp ( for help acquiring music.

March 3-5, 2023

Kingston Plantation (Brighton Tower)
9800 Queensway Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572


Reservations must be made before Friday, January 27, 2023. Here is our group’s Personalized Booking Link.

Reservations may also be made by calling the reservations line at 800-876-0010.
Please give the group code (FBS), in order to obtain the group rate for the accommodations.
You may also go online to  Again, you will need to use the group code (FBS) to receive the group rate.


7:30pm-9:00pm – Check-In and Registration (Palladium Foyer, Brighton Tower)
9:00pm-10:30pm – Rehearsal [Palladium Ballroom]

9:00am-12:30pm (with break) – Rehearsal
8:30pm-10:30pm – Rehearsal


9:00am-9:30am – Rehearsal
9:30am-10:45am – Worship Service
11:00am – Check-Out

More details coming soon!

Come Before the Table – Karen Marrolli
Duet or Semi-Chorus, SATB with Hand Drum (MSM 50-6161)
Reproducible Hand Drum part available separately: MSM 50-6161A

I Choose Love – Mark Miller (CGA1491)
SATB with Vocal Solo

Let the River Run
– Carly Simon/Arr. Craig Hella Johnson
SATB (HL 08754596)

Alleluia – William Boyce
Free Download on CPDL:

Justice Choir Songbook (Two Selections)
Free Download:

Love is Love is Love is Love (#18) – Abbie Betinis
Canon in 3 or 4 Parts

One Foot/Lead with Love (#22) – Melanie DeMore
Call and Response with Refrain

Who Will Roll Away the Stone? – Anna Abernathy
SSAA, Free Download: