Adult Choir Festival Charleston, SC 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.

We are currently planning, contacting guest directors, considering repertoire, etc. Details should be emailed by Early September 2021.

Alan Raines-Guest Director

January 24-25, 2020

Alan Raines, Guest Director

First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC


  • Rehearsal 8:30 – 10:00pm


  • Rehearsal 9:30 – 12:30pm (with a break)
  • Lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm (on site, cost included with registration)
  • Rehearsal 1:30 – 3:00pm
  • Worship 3:30pm (sample worship guide 2019)

March 6-8, 2020

Phillip Shoultz, Guest Director

Location: Crown Reef Resort & Conference Center, Myrtle Beach, SC


  • Rehearsal 10:00-11:00pm


  • Rehearsal 9:00-12:00pm (with a break)
  • Rehearsal 8:00-10:00pm


2020 Youth Festival Repertoire

Honor and Glory, J. S. Bach/arr. Erhet, Colla Voce, 55-54010
I Sing Because I’m Happy, Rollo Dillworth, Hal Leonard, 0124479
Make a Joyful Noise, Taylor Davis, Morningstar,  50-5320
Ndikhokhele Bawo (SATB), arr. Lhente-Mari Pitout,  Mark Foster, HL 00288201
Psalm 139, Pote, Choristers Guild/Lorenz, CGA-610
Requiem, Eliza Gilkyson, G. Schirmer, 50486569

Pecknel Music stocks Festival anthems for us and offers discounts.
Luke Browder
Director of Print Music
Pecknel Music Company

1312 N. Pleasantburg Drive Greenville, SC 29607
Direct: 864-516-2346 |

All participating choirs are required to provide original copies for their participating singers. For maximum efficiency, text, notes, and rhythms should be learned prior to arriving for the Festival.