Prelude to Postlude, Vanguard University’s concert orchestra led worship at Irvine Presbyterian Church on Oct. 13.
As a member of the Irvine Presbyterian congregation, Vanguard Orchestra Conductor Mildred Yi suggested the orchestra and church choir collaborate on a piece for the Sunday service. Yi, the church choir director and the worship coordinator discussed the idea and decided to have the orchestra provide music for the entire service.
Joined by Irvine Presbyterian’s worship band, Vanguard’s concert orchestra played three contemporary worship songs and a hymn. Songs included Our God by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman; 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman; and Hosanna by Brooke Ligertwood. Directed by Dr. Michael Busch, the church’s chancel choir joined with the orchestra for the hymn, My Jesus, I Love Thee.
“The orchestra, being there, united the church in a special way,” Yi said. As a member, she said it was very special to see the music bring together the different generations. All the generations, from children to grandparents, worshipped together.
The Concert Orchestra will also perform in Vanguard’s upcoming Christmas Fantasia at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Dec. 6. To learn more about Christmas Fantasia, click here.