From The Spire
Worship services at High Point University are held Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:15 p.m. These ecumenical services are scheduled during this time slot for many reasons. Students indicate that the day and time are conducive to their needs and interests as they navigate tests, papers, and the academic week. No Evening Degree classes are held on Wednesdays so the Chapel truly is a place where the whole student body can gather. By not competing with local churches, we are able to utilize their numerous and quality choirs to supplement our own choirs (Chapel Choir PDF), and can encourage students to attend one on the Sabbath. For additional information about some local churches, click here (Local Churches PDF). In addition to the Dean of the Chapel, Dr. Tom Stockton serves as our Bishop in Residence. Bishop Stockton provides invaluable assistance to the campus by offering professional counsel to those preparing for a church vocation, working with students to handle personal problems, relating to concerns of parents, and visiting students in the hospital. The University provides a variety of religious organizations (Campus Groups and Students PDF), and these groups are worthy of your involvement and respect. Last but not least, students find a willing and caring faculty and a competent Student Life Office to support their college experience.
Read more from the 2011-12 Chapel Newspaper (Chapel Newspaper PDF)
"Each week, services in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel are packed with students, faculty, and staff who commune together in a time of Christian fellowship. Without question or exception, these Chapel services nourish our souls and feed our hearts. Dr. Hal Warlick, Dean of the Chapel, is masterful at leading students and adult volunteers in meaningful worship and in service projects which reach out to our community. These stewards of Christian service stand as examples to the rest of the campus. We are grateful for their commitment to the University, and we give them our full support."
Dr. Nido R. Qubein
"As Bishop-In-Residence, I work with students, parents, administrators, and faculty as the institution seeks to better serve students and honor its responsibilities as a private, church-related university. I also enjoy preaching for Chapel worship services several times each semester. Please know my desire is to be of service to students and parents alike."
Bishop Thomas B. Stockton
"The students and community members who worship in the Chapel at High Point University are an inspiration to me and all who know them. Few universities in America have as vibrant and as well-attended worship services as does ours. I invite you to come and add your name and presence to this continuing legacy. It is truly your Chapel, a place we can all gather as one body in Christ."
The Role of Music in Chapel Worship
Dr. Hal Warlick
Dean of the Chapel
The role of music in chapel worship is to enable, enliven, and enrich all who seek a relationship with God and to help provide a vehicle where our faith can be expressed and strengthened.
The Chapel Choir
Even as we believe music to be a central expression of faith, devotion, praise, piety, and celebration, we also believe
it is a fundamental vehicle of evangelism and outreach into the community. We affirm that music has been since the beginning of time an avenue used
by God as a means to redeem and edify humanity, and is understood as a paramount medium whereby the God/human, human/God relationship is expressed. We therefore strive to offer God and this worshipping community our very best music, not as a reflection of our greatness or because God requires artistic perfection, but because we strive to honor and give thanks for the gifts God has first given us!
Chapel Choir serves as the resident choir for the Chapel at High Point University. This ensemble rehearses every Monday and Wednesday and participates in every Chapel service throughout the year. Members of Chapel Choir come from all academic disciplines across campus and have a wide range of experience singing in choirs. What each member shares in common is a love of singing and a desire to sing music to the glory of God at a high level of artistic expression. For members seeking to gain experience leading in church music, opportunities exist for planning, researching, rehearsing, conducting, and implementing worship services under the guidance of the director. To be selected for this ensemble, auditions are held in the fall and spring of each year. There are a limited number of stipend positions available and all members may receive academic credit (register for MUS 1320 for 1 credit hour). Required rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:10-6:25 p.m. and participation in weekly chapel services is required. If you are interested in scheduling an audition, contact Dr. Marc Ashley Foster at 841.4551.
Dr. Marc Foster - Chair, Music Department and Director of Choral Activities
- Came to High Point in 2009 after serving as the Director of Worship Arts Ministries at Galloway Memorial United
Methodist Church in Jackson, MS and artistic director of Mississippi Chorus
- Taught music at the University of Texas at Arlington and Millsaps College in Jackson, MS
- Received Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Sacred Music degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral Conducting and Voice from UNC-Greensboro.