Kessel Music Ministries - "Music Ministry Training for Excellence in Worship"

The Women of  VOW will present Christmas Praise & Worship 

DATE:  December 1, 2018

WHERE:   Antioch Baptist Church, Burke, VA

EVENT:    Antioch Women's Ministry Annual                        Christmas Fellowship Brunch


Rev. Felicia Crawley, "Let God Arise" Cantata Director             "Children Welcome"
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church - Exit 20A from 495
Left at Light - Rgt @ Whitfield Chapel Road
(Church is approx. 2 miles on Right)



              DOORS OPEN AT 8:00 P.M.

45449 Severn Way, #165
Sterling, VA  20166


"First Friday of the Month Performers Night"
Neo Soul, Jazz, Gospel R&B and Comedy


"Min. Felicia Crawley & the Voices of Worship"
Harold Winley & the Clovers
K. Chris Knight & Nikia Johnson

Tickets:  $20 per person in advance
$25 at the door

Soda, Juice Bar & Light Snacks

 V.O.W. --


VOW Friends Announcement:

                     "HOPE, HARMONY & FREEDOM”
      5th Annual Celebration of Black History & Unity
           Sunday, April 26th @ 3:00 p.m.
The Friends of Pleasant Grove
Min. Felicia Crawley & the Voices of Worship

Historic Pleasant Grove Church
       8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA  22102


 Join us as we celebrate "Unity" in our quaint historic setting for an uplifting afternoon of powerful rafter-raising music, including African and traditional spirituals and freedom songs, classic readings, poetry and selected works in tribute to the music of “Selma”  the late Maya Angelou!

                                                                         *Open & Free to the Public*


Feb 14, 2015

                   THE GIFT OF LOVE! 

Lula Washington Dance Theatre comes to Dance Place in DC     2 Performances Only!
Dear Friends:
On Valentine’s weekend, February 14-15, (Sat-Sun/8pm & 4pm)  the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, from Los Angeles, California, will bring an exciting 35th anniversary program to Washington, D. C. for its first-ever performance at Dance Place at 3225 8 Street, NE, 20017. 
Because Lula and the Company have a passionate commitment to education both at home and in every community in which they perform, I am counting on you to help fill those 144 seats with aspiring young artists, dance enthusiasts, professionals and individuals like yourselves who love to support the arts, including those couples who would enjoy sharing this Valentine’s Day romantic cultural celebration together! 
“Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the gift of love!”  Donate Tickets for Students!  You can purchase tickets with your donation which we will distribute to youth and young adults in middle, high school and college who simply cannot afford to go.  *Mention my name when calling box office (202-269-1600) for $20 special promotional rate.  
*All donors of group donations of 10 or more will be given complimentary tickets to the show along with a special invitation to the VIP Reception on Sunday, Feb. 15, with DC’s newly elected Mayor, Muriel Bowser (invited) and other elected officials and representatives. 
The Performers: Founded in 1980 in inner city Los Angeles, this vibrant troupe is known for powerful, high-energy dancing and unique choreography by its founder, Lula Washington, who blends contemporary dance with African, ballet, street dance, and Katherine Dunham technique.
The Company is composed of young, athletic dancers, many of whom were groomed in Lula Washington’s inner city dance studio.  While Lula Washington encourages her dancers to be excellent performers, she also emphasizes the importance of being leaders in their communities.
The Company will perform Lula Washington's "Random Thoughts," called "brilliant" for its exploration of the jazz compositions of trumpet player Terrence Blanchard. "Love Is..." by Christopher Huggins (formerly of Alvin Ailey). This work explores differing perspectives on love and romance -- an ideal treat for Valentine's Day. "Reign", by Rennie Harris, fuses hip hop and House dance to invigorate audiences and make them want to move. The program will also include excerpts from Washington's "The Little Rock Nine," which looks at the Civil Rights movement.  This multi-faceted company also performs works by such acclaimed contemporary innovators such as Donald McKayle, Donald Byrd, and talented emerging choreographers such as Tamica Washington-Miller, Associate Director of LWDT.
Background Info: Lula worked closely with film director James Cameron to create movement and rituals for the mega hit film, Avatar. A love-story in itself, Lula’s husband, Erwin Washington, walked away from a successful journalism and TV career to help his wife run the company as co-founder and Executive Director. In addition to celebrating the 35 anniversary of the company, they are celebrating their 45 wedding anniversary!

Lula Washington Dance Theatre has danced in major theaters across America and in Russia, China, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Spain.  It was last seen in Washington, DC at the John K. Kennedy Center's Masterpieces of African-American Dance festival.
Please help me reach our GOAL:  To raise donations and purchase enough tickets to fill all 144 seats in Dance Place to show them our support for bringing excellence in African-American dance and culture to their theatre. 

To Donate Funds for Tickets:  Please call the box office at: 202-269-1600 send checks made payable to: "Dance Place" and send to 3225 8 Street, NE, 20017. We would like to fill up the house and provide complimentary tickets to young aspiring dance students and professionals as well as, minority students, family and friends.  
I thank you in advance for spreading the word and sharing this exciting invitation to join Lula and the Company this Valentine’s Day for an extraordinary and ROMANTIC experience.  

Hope to see you at the show!
Felicia Kessel Crawley
Director, Voices of Worship
Publicist, LWDT
LWCD Foundation
The Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation (LWCDF) is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington to provide a creative outlet for minority dance artists in South Los Angeles. The Foundation seeks to build bridges between people of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds through its inter-related parts: the professional Dance Company (Lula Washington Dance Theatre), the Dance School, the Youth Dance Ensemble, and the Dance Studio.

                  VOW IN WORSHIP - 2015
                                                    Min. Felicia Kessel Crawley, Musical Director

                                                         Saturday, March 21, 2015
                                         Historic Pleasant Grove Church
                                      Annual Black History Celebration
                             8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA  22102
                                                                  3:00 PM

                                                   Saturday, March 29, 2015 
                                  NWVA Chapter-Gospel Music Workshop of America
                                               TRIBUTE TO PASTOR ANDRAE CROUCH
                                                 Mount Olive Baptist Church, Rectortown
                                                                           5:00 PM 

                                   VOW will perform with area choirs and soloists at a special service to                                                  celebrate the life of Pastor Andrae Crouch and his music.  Rectortown's
                                 Pastor Tony Craddock, Jr. will sing the songs of this legendary gospel
                                                       singer, musician, composer, and producer  

                                                     Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
                       Reston-Dulles NCNW (Nat'l Council of Negro Women) 
                                     VOW to perform "Inspirational Jazz" at 
                        " Smooth Jazz " Fundraiser Luncheon for Educational & 
               Community Service Programs in Fairfax & Loudoun Counties
                                          Reston Sheration Hotel, Reston, VA  

                                       VOW IN WORSHIP - 2014
                                                    Min. Felicia Kessel Crawley, Musical Director

                                                        July 30th, 2014 from 7-9 p.m.
                                              Northern VA  Baptist Center 
                                     "KINGDOM PRAISE" Annual Musical
                                                      14019 Glenkirk Road
                                                     Gainesville, VA  20156

   Sponsored by Baptist School Union & 
   Baptist Training Union Convention, Inc.

Also in Worship:

"Fresh Anointing" Dance Ministry - Manassas Park Bible Church, "Youth, Young Adult Combined Choir, St. John Baptist Hurley Town, Midland, VA; Youth Choir, St. James Baptist Bealton, VA; Darlene Fields, Oak Run Baptist Church Thoroughfare, Broad Run, VA


Black History Celebrations

*March 2nd @ 4:00 pm 

"Lift Every Voice" Annual Choir Sing sponsored by Great Falls Ecumenical Council at St. Francis Episcopal Church,         
9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA  22066
Celebrating Community Through Music
A Ministry of the
 Great Falls Ecumenical Council        "Our Vision: To love God and one 

"Celebrating Community 
Through Music"

Come and enjoy the music & fellowship of local choirs from around the Washington Metropolitan area in celebration of Unity through the Music of Faith!  Reception to Follow Program - Free and Open to the Public


*March 22nd @ 3:00 pm 
The Friends of Pleasant Grove and Min. Felicia Crawley & the Voices of Worship invite you to our FREE Annual Black History Month Event
Historic Pleasant Grove Church
8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA  22102

Join us as we celebrate "Unity" in our quaint historic setting for an uplifting afternoon of  powerful rafter-raising music, including African and traditional spirituals and freedom songs, classic readings and poetry and selected works as we honor: Duke Ellington, George & Ira Gershwin, Nelson Mandela and Pete Seeger!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013  - 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Voices of Worship (VOW) has received an exciting invitation from the Willard Hotel to present a musical tribute to Dr. King in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, DC.  The speech was written by Dr. King at the Willard Hotel.   

In keeping with the focus of Dr. King's message and heart which was for the coming together of all God’s children, black, brown, red, yellow and white, the choir should be a reflection of his dream both in spirit and in truth.  Therefore, in preparation for this musical event, I am extending the invitation to other vocalists and ensembles including those who participated in “Lazarus, the Musical” from DC, MD and Northern VA.   

If you wish to consider collaborating with me on this effort or believe you have singers who would want to participate in giving honor to Dr. King’s legacy in this song-tribute, please RSVP to this email or contact me at (703) 406-6140 or email me at  byJuly 15.  I would love to have you join with VOW and others to make this truly a spirit-filled experience. 

MUSIC:  We will be performing some of Dr. King's favorite gospel and popular Freedom Songs of the movement, including "Precious Lord," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and an orchestral version of "We Shall Overcome." DC’s own, renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will be a special guest performer. Maestro Dingwall Fleary, conductor for local orchestras for over 40 years, will be collaborating with us to include a small orchestral ensemble that will join with our VOW musicians.  We will have a grand piano, organ and keyboard.  

REHEARSALS:  There will be no more than (4) rehearsals plus a dress rehearsal at the Willard some time on Saturday, August 24th.  Tentatively, rehearsals are scheduled for Saturday afternoons from 12 – 2 pm.  Location (convenient to metro) to be announced.  The first rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday July 20th.  The Willard dress rehearsal and sound check will be announced.  Please let me know ASAP if you wish to be a part of this historic event.  

In Christ and Love,  

Min. Felicia Kessel Crawley
Director, Voices of Worship  
(703) 406-6140 /

*Additional general information,  press links and ticket information will be available at Arts Consulting International’s website:  on July 10.

Previous Events:   

Washington DC Premiere - June 8th @ the Arena Stage Kreeger Theatre -- Dr. Bill Cummings, Director, Producer & Composer
Sponsor:  Bread for the World - Bishop Don DiXon Williams, Co-Producer




                            JOIN US ON MAY 4TH @ 7:30 P.M. FOR OUR
                     "YOUTH NIGHT WORSHIP & BIBLE R.A.P. SESSION!

                                                 WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENTS

                                                             “Felicia Kessel Crawley”
                        Specializing in Music Ministry Training for Singers & Musicians
A WorkshopDesigned for All Singers
                                Soloists, Choirmembers, Home singers, Professionals,
                                               New or Inexperienced, Male and Female
                                                  WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS
                                      Ø Techniques to improve your singing voice
                                      Ø Pitch, tone, projection & breathing
                                      Ø How to sing better in parts, learn what your range is
                                      Ø How to audition and prepare for leads and solos
                                      Ø  Counting, conducting  and microphone techniques
                                 DATE:     TBA  - 10am-1pm  (Registration 9:30)
                            WHERE:     TBA
                                 COST:     $35/General;  $30/Seniors 65+
                             *Register free on-line @ or
                                                                         Call (703) 406-6140
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