The Senior Choir, founded at the very beginnings of the congregation in the late nineteenth century, is comprised of about a dozen volunteers ranging in age from 20 to 87 who are committed to providing our worship life with quality music from all periods and genres. This SATB ensemble rehearses on Sundays after the 10:30 AM service, and sings in worship about every other week. Recent repertoire includes John Stainer’s “God So Loved the World”, Eddie Espinosa’s “Change My Heart, Oh God”, and the South African “Halleluya! We Sing Your Praises”. Click here to listen to their performance of “Here I Am, Lord”.
A recently developed Festival Choir provides an opportunity for those who can’t commit to the active rehearsal schedule of the Senior Choir to join in singing for special services, including Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals are held on Sundays during Advent and Lent following the 10:30 AM service, and repertoire ranges from chant to contemporary hymns and anthems. Click here to listen to an arrangement of the “Victimae Paschali Laudes” from Easter 2011.
The Chorale is a small group which provides anthems primarily for the 8:00 AM service about once a month. Repertoire includes chant, chorale harmonizations, and music from the Taizé Community. Click here to listen to their performance of José García’s “Immutemur Habitu” on Ash Wednesday 2013.
The Handbell Choir was formed in 1990 upon the purchase of two octaves of Schulmerich bells. Currently, eight ringers rehearse every other week on Wednesdays at 6:15 PM, and present music in worship about once a month. Our plan is to purchase an additional octave of bells in the next few years and expand this ensemble’s membership to at least twelve. Click here to listen to their performance of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” in 2012.
The Festival Ensemble is our resident instrumental group which presents music for the major festivals of the Church Year, currently consisting of trumpet, french horn, two trombones, alto saxophone, and clarinet. We are always interested in welcoming new musicians, as guest soloists or ensemble performers – please inquire with the Director of Worship Arts if you play an instrument or have a child who is currently taking lessons. Click here to listen to their debut performance of an original arrangement of “I’m But a Stranger Here” (copyright R.S. Potterton III).