As you think back over the year, perhaps you remember a Sunday when you left the service invigorated and nourished by a choir anthem or a hymn. Maybe this is the year you’d like to add your voice to the mix and join us in the choir loft. The choir chairs are filled with singers of varying degrees of musicianship, from a PhD in music to the little sister in a musical family who was told “she could not sing,” and everything in between. Some read music, others learn by ear, some have amazing voices and others are starting on ground level and learning how to produce beautiful sounds. Everyone’s contribution is essential. We are preparing for an exciting year as we greet our new Rector, and we encourage you to join a choir this fall. Everyone is welcome. Give us a call (355-1779, ext. 323 or 324) for more information.
Cherub Choir (Kindergarten-Grade 2)
Rehearses Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:50 p.m.
Sings monthly at the 9:00 a.m. service.
Children’s Choir (Grades 3-5)
Anne Marie Elles, Choir Mother
In addition to learning anthems for services, the children learn vocal technique and the fundamentals of music. The choir sings unison anthems for treble voices with emphasis on the hymns of the church. The Children’s Choir rehearses on Wednesdays 5-6 P.M. and sings monthly at the 9:00 a.m. service.
The repertoire includes anthems for unison and two-part trebles, as well as four-part anthems performed with the Parish Choir. The Youth Choir rehearses Sundays, 12:30-1:45 p.m and sings monthly at the 11:15 a.m service.
West Gallery Choir
The West Gallery Choir is for everyone, including those who have never sung in a choir before. In addition to learning anthems for services, the choir focuses on the basics of choral technique and music reading. Repertoire includes music in a variety of styles, including shape-note, gospel and bluegrass music, spirituals, and alternative rock, as well as anthems from the traditional choral repertoire. In addition to singing at 9:00 A.M. services, the choir sings at the service of Advent Lessons and Carols, the 5:00 P.M. service on Christmas Eve, and the evening service on Ash Wednesday. The West Gallery Choir rehearses Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 P.M. and sings at 9:00 A.M. services.
The Parish Choir is for experienced singers. Continuing a long tradition of excellence in choral music, the choir presents anthems from the traditional sacred choral repertoire. In addition to singing at 11:15 A.M. services, the choir sings at the midnight service on Christmas Eve, at evening services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and at two services on Easter Sunday. In addition, the choir presents a Choral Evensong service each year. The Parish Choir rehearses Thursdays 7:30-9:30 P.M. and sings at 11:15 A.M. services.
Class Singing Lessons (six-week session) are for those who cannot sing and would like to learn, or those who can sing but would like to learn to sing more effectively. Instruction is given on the fundamentals of singing, including breathing, resonance, and diction. Singing lessons are held Wednesday 6:15-7:00 P.M.; six-week sessions begin in September and January.
Rehearses on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 P.M. The Guitar Ensemble plays for the 9:00 a.m. service.
Vrginia Home Sing
At 7:00 p.m., Fourth Monday of each month (September through May) Members of the Guitar Ensemble, the choirs, and interested parishioners meet at the Virginia Home and lead the residents in singing.