On Saturday morning, October 8th, the Fine Arts Academy at Faith Baptist Church hosted its 3rd annual Sacred Music Competition. Competition was fierce as 24 students competed across three age based divisions. In the end, nine students walked away with prizes totaling $700.
Started in 2014, the Sacred Music Competition exists to promote excellence in sacred music. The competition is really quite simple. Students play one piece of music. It does not have to be memorized. There is no fee to participate. The only rules are that it must be an arrangement of a sacred song and they must provide an original copy of the score. The intention is for the students to play something they could easily play at their home church. Three judges assign a score to each student. The students with the top scores win cash prizes.
Competition director Stephen Simpson remarked,
“For what amounts to a small amount of money, we now have 24 young people armed with a piece of music ready to be used in their local church. It truly is money well spent.”
By God’s grace, over the past three years, this small competition has awarded $2,100 in prizes. It truly is amazing to see what God has done. Would you pray with us for this competition? We would love to see it expand beyond being a ‘piano-only’ competition. Our long-term vision is to have multiple competitions for Piano, Voice, and other Instruments. Pray that God would direct us and provide so that we could make this happen.
To God be the Glory for all that He is doing through the Fine Arts Academy at Faith Baptist Church.