Music Ministry Opportunities

The heritage of music in the Anglican tradition is one of our church’s greatest gifts to the missionary and spiritual life of the Christian faith. Since the Sixteenth Century, well-trained choirs of children and adults have led Prayer Book worship throughout the Anglican Communion, and so it is today. Here at Grace Church, our choirs provide music for many services and events each year.

The liturgy and music of the Episcopal Church are among our strongest tools for evangelism, for spiritual enrichment, and for sustaining the faith. The music which the Anglican Church has used for centuries for Holy Eucharist, for Matins, and for Evensong, is a treasure for us to share with the world. Grace Church, through its resources of singers and players, seeks to serve not only our parish, but our community and the church at large.

Choirs

The choir helps to lead the congregation in singing, and to inspire our worship with the beauty of music. Choirs are a wonderful place to contribute as ministry leaders in the parish. Though it helps to have some musical abilities, training will be provided to those who lack experience. There is no audition, and all are welcome. The ability to read music is recommended.

The Parish Choir

This choir is a vital part of our music ministry at Grace Church. In the Anglican tradition, this choir specializes in both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Our choir sings at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday (from Labor Day through Memorial Day), holidays and special events. The choir is regularly joined by the other choirs of the parish for services throughout the year.

When – Sundays at 10:00 Liturgy and Holy Days, such as Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter. September – May, the choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:00 until 8:30.

Who – Adults and teens are welcome to participate.

Time Involved – Time Involved – Choir members are asked to attend weekly rehearsals and Sunday services as often as they are able, which adds up to about 3 hours each week. Members may always sign out when they are going to be absent. We take a break from rehearsals during the summer.

Qualifications – The ability to read music is recommended.

Youth Choirs

The choral program at Grace Church offers participation in a communal life that educates, inspires and nurtures spiritual formation, giving the children and their families a rich musical and spiritual foundation.

The boys and girls join in singing at the Choral Eucharist and Evensong with other choirs as well as on their own. Beyond their musical work together, scheduled social activities help to round out the program in which lifelong friends are made as choristers and as choir parents. Making music together enriches their social interaction and bonding.

This choir provides children with an opportunity to play an important role in keeping music in the Anglican tradition alive. Choristers enjoy learning music and vocal skills, Christian aspects of music and liturgy, and general rehearsal techniques. Great emphasis is given to music-reading skills, faith and friendship and participating through their own worship and service to the parish.

Parish Choristers

When – Scheduled Sundays at 10:00 Eucharist (usually twice each month), at Evensong and other special services. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m.

Who – All girls and boys ages 9 and up

Time Involved – Attend weekly rehearsals and sing about twice a month.

St. Patrick Training Choir

The training starts at an early age to teach the responsibilities and experience the joys of leading worship. As the children learn to read in school, these young singers learn the basics of reading texts and music in The Hymnal 1982 and other sources. Through this course of structured rehearsals, we also stress rhythm skills, choral discipline and the liturgy. The group sings during services on occasions throughout the school year.

When – Sing on occasion throughout the year. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 4:30-5:15

Who – Children ages 6 – 8

Time Involved – Weekly rehearsals and sing at Liturgies as scheduled.

Handbells

Our Ringing Choirs are an important part of Grace’s Music Ministry. By participating in the ringing program, you may experience both the joy of music and the satisfaction of serving as you cultivate your God-given talents and use them in ministering to our congregation and the community. Ringing is fun; it encourages teamwork, self-control, dependability and self-confidence. It develops social interaction, creative problem solving, self-esteem, artistic expression and acts as a trainer of coordination and motion skills.

All Saints Choir (Adults) plays easy-intermediate level music.

When – Rehearsals are from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays (September – May) and play at Liturgies about once a month, at our annual spring concert and at an occasional off-site ministry.

Who – All adults are welcome to participate

Time Involved – About 5 hours a month

Qualifications – The ability to read music is recommended.

Gloria Deo Choir (Adults and Teens) is an intermediate-level choir consisting of adults and high school students.

When – Rehearsals are from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays (September – May), services about once a month, the spring concert and at least one appearance away from church.

Who – Adults and Teens are welcome to participate.

Time Involved – 4 to 5 hours per month

Qualifications – The ability to read music is recommended.

St. Dunstan Choir (Youth age 10 and up) serves as a beginning level choir for grades 4 though 8, with opportunity for advancement. The choir works on music reading and musicianship, with opportunities to play in our Sunday worship services and the annual spring concert at Grace.

When – Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. The choir performs occasionaly on Sunday mornings and at the Spring Concert.

Who – Youth age 10 and up are welcome to participate.

Qualifications – No previous experience required.