“Those who sing pray twice”
Music, regarded as a sacrament by Martin Luther, takes a place of great importance in the liturgies at Christ Church. Congregational singing, the cornerstone of music in our worship, is supported by many choral ensembles, all requiring various levels of skill and dedication. In addition, our concert series, Sacred Music on the Square, focused largely on music of the renaissance, baroque and twentieth-century, provides the downtown area with music of the highest possible quality.
Choirs for Adults at Christ Church
In many ways, music synthesizes our worship. It connects the scriptural and sacred texts we study and pray to gain a deeper understanding of our faith, the complex emotions of our daily lives – love, sorrow, joy – and the intangible presence of God among us. Be it through hymnody or the careful and methodic act of singing in the choir, it is the human voice – that thing which is unique to each of us and yet joins us all as one – that serves as the foundation of music in the Episcopal Church.
Worship at Christ Church is enriched by the music of a diverse choral program, each choir unique in its offerings and in its commitments of time and expertise. Whatever your level of experience with singing, there’s a place for your voice at Christ Church.
The Adult Choir is a primarily volunteer ensemble, supported by choral scholars, which is responsible for singing the weekly 11am Eucharist, as well as other major services such as Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and occasional services of choral evensong. Rehearsals generally take place on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9 p.m., and occasionally on Saturdays. This choir offers parishioners with prior choral experience and basic sight-reading and musicianship skills an opportunity to strive for musical excellence while enjoying Christian fellowship and community in a supportive environment. To find out more or to schedule an audition, contact Organist/Choirmaster, David Jernigan.
Schola Cantorum is an entirely professional ensemble in which all members have at least one degree in music and extensive choral experience. Dedicated primarily to the stylistic performance of music from 15th – 18th centuries, this ensemble sings for services of compline, choral evensong, and Easter Vigil and performs concerts throughout the year. To audition, contact Organist/Choirmaster, David Jernigan.
Choirs for Children and Youth at Christ Church
Sacred Music on the Square
From its inception, Sacred Music on the Square has sought to provide outreach and ministry through sharing God’s music with our church and community. Organist and Choirmaster David Jernigan firmly believes that, “God gave us music as a glimpse of heavenly beauty.”