Music and the Fine Arts

With gratitude in your heart, sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God. And do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:16

 

Music for Everyone

Our Music and Fine Arts Ministry provides inspiration through the performing and visual arts. You are invited to enjoy and explore the many diverse music and worship opportunities here.

Can you carry a tune? Play a few guitar chords? Did you take piano lessons as a child, or have you always wanted to develop your musical skills? Please consider adding your voice to our joyful music ministry, or simply ‘pray with your ears.’ 

No matter your skill level, there is a place for you. 

The 2017-2018 Season

The Christ church CHOIR

The Christ Church Choir sings for 11:15 AM Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer in the Church, with rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Choir Room. Repertoire is challenging and covers a wide range of styles and languages from our classical choral heritage. Participants should have choral experience, vocal confidence, and music reading skills. 

parish CHOIR

The Christ Church Parish Choir is designed for singers who enjoy leading worship but cannot commit to ongoing weekly rehearsals and a busy service schedule. The Parish Choir rehearses the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM and sings the following Sunday at 8:45 AM Holy Eucharist in the Church. Music is varied and moderately challenging; fellowship is a big part!

Christ church contemporary band

The Christ Church Contemporary Band is comprised of a diverse group of musicians, led by Dr. Brian Sullivan. Singers and instrumentalists of all ability levels are invited and encouraged to take part, even if unable to read music. The primary instrumentation includes voice, guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards, though we are happy to make room for any and every instrument and vocal type. From banjo, mandolin, or accordion to trumpet, clarinet, and hurdy-gurdy—there's a place for you to contribute to our corporate worship no matter how you make music! Repertoire is drawn from a broad array of traditions and is meant to reframe and reinforce the deep and fundamental elements of the Christian faith, while celebrating the divinity of creation and creativity, and providing a space for joyful community participation.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 PM and Sunday mornings at 7:30 AM.

MUSIC CLUB

Pre-kindergarten (age 4) and kindergarten students gather on Wednesday afternoons to learn the basics of making music and healthy singing by playing musical games. Directed by Lisa Lashley, Music Club includes the Orff approach, combining music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to a child’s world of play. Students play Orff instruments such as xylophones and drums, and sing several times a year in worship services.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:00 - 5:30 PM in the Youth Room, beginning on September 6. 

St. Nicolas Choir

For children in grades 1 - 4, St. Nicolas Choir is directed by Lisa Lashley and Ben Outen. Based on the Royal School of Church Music training plan, choristers prepare music for worship while learning the basics of music reading, vocal skills, liturgy and teamwork. The repertoire children learn contains scripture and poetry that teach the beliefs and principles of our faith. In rehearsals, chorister use movement and experiential learning to explore their own artistic abilities and to discover the joys of teamwork.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the Youth Room, beginning September 6. 

Christ church choristers

Directed by Ben Outen, Christ Church Choristers is a choir for children in grades 5 through 8. It is based on the Royal School of Church Music training plan. Children will prepare music for worship and other activities at Christ Church. The preparation process includes intentional instruction in sight singing, multi-lingual diction, understanding of musical style and vocal technique. Significant study and participation in liturgy is a large part of the Christ Church Chorister curriculum. As with all team activities, commitment and leadership are taught and highly valued. Choristers learn that they are part of something larger than themselves and develop self-esteem and a sense of ownership as they progress through the training program. Serving the parish community and beyond offers intrinsic rewards that motivate and inspire choristers and those who hear them.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 PM in the Choir Room, beginning September 6.

Christ church singers

The Christ Church Singers, directed by Ben Outen, is a choir for teen aged parishioners of various musical abilities. It is designed along the RSCM plan including opportunities to lead worship regularly, mentoring younger choristers, participating with adults in music making and traveling to summer courses with renowned conductors. Christ Church Singers is a safe and supportive community where singers of all levels have the opportunity to learn and grow vocally and in their knowledge of the tenets of our faith and liturgical practices.

Rehearsals are Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 PM in the Choir Room, beginning September 7.