The Music Ministry at All Saints’ Virginia Beach is all-encompassing. It spans the ages from working with preschoolers in Vacation Bible School to the Children’s choir to senior citizens in the Adult Choir. Music styles run the gamut as well from Gospel to Gregorian Chant.
The Reverend Robert Scott Foxwell serves as Organist/Choirmaster. He is also employed by the Virginia Beach City Public Schools where he has been an elementary music teacher for the past 30 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from The College of William & Mary in Virginia. He studied organ with J. S. Darling at Bruton Parish Church. He continued his studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, earning a double Master’s Degree in Divinity and Church Music. Boyd Jones was his organ professor. Scott was ordained a minister in the Southern Baptist Church in 1994. He is a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and a former Lovelace Scholar in that organization. He also holds memberships in Chorister’s Guild, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and has attended conferences with the Association of Anglican Musicians. He began his work at All Saints’ in 2004.
The Children’s Choir meets on Wednesdays in the school year until the middle of May. They sing often in worship, at least once a month, and sometimes every Sunday at certain times of the year. The church is blessed to have several barred instruments and percussion.
The Adult Choir also meets on Wednesday evenings from the end of August to the middle of June. They provide anthems each Sunday and on Holy Days. The choir is all volunteer, small and balanced with eight dedicated singers. At times, the group has been larger with the participation of high schoolers. We are always happy when these singers return for Christmas and Easter. Interested singers are welcome at any rehearsal to try out the group. Rehearsals are enjoyable and a much anticipated part of the week for members.
The Sanctuary has great acoustics, making the choir and organ sound bigger than they are. The organ is a Moeller with about 10 ranks of pipes. It was installed in 1989. Congregational singing is strong. We usually sing four or five hymns each Sunday in addition to the service music which changes seasonally.