Great Sacred Music

Photo of the Utah State University Chamber Singers by Andrew McCallister

Every Sunday morning, The Classical Station offers over 4 hours of inspiring sacred choral and organ music. Sing for Joy airs at 7:30 a.m. and is followed by Great Sacred Music at 8:00 a.m. Eastern.

Sing for Joy

Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. eastern

Sing for Joy features choral music from around the world. Produced by St. Olaf College, the program has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently “do the talking,” while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.

Great Sacred Music

Sunday mornings from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon Eastern

Hour 1 features a variety of shorter choral and organ works from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Then a Bach cantata airs at approximately 9:00 a.m.  A major choral work follows. A regular feature of the program is a commentary offered by a distinguished church musician or member of the clergy.  Rob Kennedy, a retired organist, choir trainer, composer, and teacher, programs and hosts Great Sacred Music.

If you would like to receive our weekly e-newsletter with program notes, use the form below to be added to our mailing list. We welcome your comments and suggestions. E-mail Rob or contact him at 919-740-5180.

Spring 2021

March 7
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 54
George Frederic Handel: Israel in Egypt

March 14
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 227
Richard Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua

March 21
Spring Fund Drive

March 28
Spring Fund Drive

April 4
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 31
Hector Berlioz: Te Deum

April 11
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 67
Anton Bruckner: Te Deum

April 18
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 104
Benedict Sheehan: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

April 25
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 103
George Frederic Handel: Joshua

May 2
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 108
Joseph Rheinberger: Requiem in E flat, Op. 84

May 9
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 86
Giacomo Puccini: Messa di Gloria

May 16
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 183
Karl Jenkins: Te Deum

May 23
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 59
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum

May 30
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 165
Alessandro Scarllatti: Il maritrio de St. Theodosia


Great Sacred Music is made possible by our listeners and the following people and organizations:

  • All Saints Anglican Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • The Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • First Presbyterian Church, Durham, North Carolina
  • The Kirk of Kildare, Cary, North Carolina
  • University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dr. & Mrs. Harold Chapman, Macon, Georgia
  • David Crabtree, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Ms. Ethel Girvin, Timberlake, North Carolina
  • Dr. Alfred Goshaw, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dr. Jerry Grise, Cary, North Carolina
  • Mrs. Carole Keeler, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • The Rev. David Livingstone James, Cary, North Carolina
  • James H. Lazenby, Fearrington Village, North Carolina
  • William Marley, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Thomas Nutt-Powell, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Blaine Hall Paxton, Fearrington Village, North Carolina
  • William Raper of Trinity Concepts, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Claude and Sarah Snow, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

If you or your organization would like to be a patron of Great Sacred Music, e-mail Rob Kennedy