Huntsville Singer Attends International Baha’i Choral Festival

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Helen Keniston Oney (right) performs with fellow artists from 12 nations at the Baha’i House of Worship in Evanston, Ill.

Devoted Huntsville singer Helen Keniston Oney joined more than 230 talented voices from twelve nations singing beautiful sacred music May 21-25 at the 2015 Baha’i Choral Festival in the renowned Baha’i House of Worship near Chicago.

Songs were sung a cappella (without instruments) and included classical liturgical music of many religions, gospel music and other music selections of great variety.


A view from the upper levels of the House of Worship during a public concert.

New this year was the inclusion of an intermission in each of the two concerts so more musical selections could be added to this unique devotional concert. In addition, both concerts were streamed live over the Internet so people all over the world could experience the uplifting performances. The concert was recorded for later release on CD.

This is the ninth annual Baha’i Choral Festival and the fifth one Keniston Oney has been blessed to take part.


The Baha’i House of Worship for North America is located on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The architecturally stunning Baha’i Temple in Evanston, Ill is a gleaming white lace-like building surrounded by gardens, pools and Lake Michigan panoramas. It’s a beautiful national landmark serving North America as one of seven Baha’i temples in the world, unifying and depicting all major world religions and open to all people regardless of belief

Helen Keniston Oney is a member of the Baha’i Faith and an active musician. Most recently, she has hosted a house concert with local Blues artist Microwave Dave.  Keniston Oney performs with the One Human Family Workshop Choir in Ohio and the New Jubilee Baha’i Gospel Choir in Nashville.  She is currently writing a book about music and worship in the North American Baha’i community.

For information on the Baha’i Faith in Huntsville, email, or call contact 800-22-UNITE.

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