About the Ministry
Roger McMurrin, former conductor of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, first came to Zambia at the invitation of Jim Myers (a fellow American missionary in Ukraine ) who sponsors Bible conferences for Zambian pastors. Roger was expecting to train the pastors in hymn singing, but they had brought their choir members. He was touched by the natural talent of the people and their deep Christian faith, but almost all have never learned to read music.
Roger began to teach them on solfeggio (do-re-mi,) and in four days his new choir was singing “Silent Night” in four-part harmony. They had never heard these Christmas carols, but they truly loved this new music.
You can learn more about Roger McMurrin here.
In November of 2015, Roger returned to Zambia and trained three choir groups in Lusaka, Livingstone, and Chipembi to prepare for a Christmas concert. The concert was a beacon of light. Besides a variety of Christmas carols, several arranged by John Rutter, the 170 singers and 50-piece orchestra performed the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. (see video below).
Now a year later, Roger is preparing a concert of Handel’s Messiah with his singers and the orchestra he has founded.
Roger’s goal is to see that tens of thousands of church choirs in Zambia will learn how to read notes and discover the great heritage of Christian music from Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Brahms, and other great composers.
A 1996 amendment to the constitution declared the country a Christian nation while providing for freedom of religion in practice. The government requires registration of all religious groups and approves without discrimination. An estimated 85% of the population professes some form of Christianity. Another 5% are Muslim; 5% subscribe to other faiths, and 5% are atheist.
Zambia’s contemporary culture is a blend of more than 70 ethnically diverse people. Most of the tribes of Zambia moved into the area in a series of migratory waves. Zambia has great influence on its neighboring countries: Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia.