Music

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.

Grace’s Choir Master and Organist is Phillip Brunswick. Our Director of Handbells is Ella Heigham. Phillip and Ella lead choirs for adults, teens and children:

Choir for Men, Women and Teens

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7 – 8:45 p.m.

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.

Saint Patrick Training Choir

For boys and girls, Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. (during the school year)

The training starts at an early age to teach the responsibilities and experience the joys of leading worship at Grace Church. 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.

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.

Since few children, especially boys, can envision the enjoyment and reward of a choir experience, parental initiative is crucial. 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.

St. Dunstan’s Handbell Choir

This group serves as a beginning level choir for grades 4 though 8, with opportunity for advancement. It meets on Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and welcomes both boys and girls. The choir works on music reading and musicianship, with opportunities to play in our Sunday worship services and the annual spring concert at Grace.

All Saints Handbell Choir

All Saints is a choir for adults who have some musical background. The group rehearses from 7 till 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. They play easy-intermediate level music, play in church about once a month, at our annual spring concert and at an occasional off-site ministry.

Gloria Deo Handbell Choir

This choir is an intermediate-level choir consisting of high school students and adults with previous music experience. Ministry opportunities include playing in regular church worship services about once a month, the spring concert and at least one appearance away from church. This choir meets after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday mornings.

Summer Choir

This is an opportunity for singers in the parish who enjoy singing, but might not be able to commit to a separate rehearsal each week during the year. We welcome all members of the parish: teenagers, adults and returning Choristers to join us for this relaxing music-making experience. Come for one, a few or every Sunday.

Royal School of Church Music, St. Louis

RCSM St. Louis is a summer camp for everyone. Beginning choristers to advanced teens and adults will enjoy the repertoire and inspirational music-making available at this course.

RSCM St. Louis was started in 1998 by course manager, Phillip Brunswick. The first camp was held at Kenrick Seminary. The following year the course moved to Fontbonne University. Fontbonne was the home of the camp unto we moved to our current site at Todd Hall in 2002.

For more information about this program, visit the RCSM St. Louis website.