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Mrs. Linda Beville
Assistant for Liturgy and Music

 

Linda accepted the position of Organist and Choir Director of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Woodstock in March, 2015.   Linda has attended the Episcopal Church for over 40 years and maintains a membership in Trinity Episcopal Church, Manassas.  Her most recent position was Organist and Choir Director at Aquia Episcopal Church, Stafford where she served almost 14 years.  During that time she established the Aquia Choristers, directed the Praise and Sanctuary Choirs and organized service music for the many services and feast days including several Choral Evensongs.   She moved to Winchester in 2014 to be with her wonderful, new husband, Jim Charest.

            Linda's career as a professional musician has lasted over 40 years.  She recently retired from Prince William County Schools as Choral Director and Music Department Chair at Brentsville District High School.  She maintained a top quality piano studio, graduating many accomplished young musicians.  She hopes the studio will be reestablished in Winchester by the fall 2015.  She has held local, regional and state-wide positions in various professional organizations such as the Virginia Choral Directors Association, The National Guild of Piano Teachers, The Piedmont Music Club and the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs.  She has adjudicated both choral and piano events locally and regionally.   She is currently a member of the American Guild of Organists and Phi Beta Kappa.  Linda holds degrees from Mary Baldwin College and The Catholic University of America.  Linda has two daughters, Lee Carlton and Kristin Beville,  and two grandchildren

            Most importantly, Linda feels a strong call to sacred music and, in particular, Emmanuel Church and Beckford Parish.  It was a very fortunate reconnection with The Very Rev. Alexander MacPhail that brought her to the parish.  In a few short months, Linda has found a unique and holy space in Shenandoah Valley through Beckford Parish.  She hopes to continue to direct the adult choir and develop opportunities for all forms of music-enriched worship.  Her wish is to guide the already strong sense of Christian spirit through music. 

            "I invite anyone coming to Shenandoah County to join our worship services.  And, everyone, whether singer or listener can be elevated though our musical heritage to find something sacred.  I am excited about finding and guiding new friends in Christ."    Linda can be contacted through the Beckford Parish office or through the parish directory.