Music at Grace Church

We are blessed at Grace Episcopal Church to have many people passionate about music, united to create and support inspiring music to God’s glory. People of all abilities and ages are welcome to participate in our musical groups, or help the ministry behind the scenes.

Bless O Lord us your servants, who minister in your temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may show forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Choirs

All of our choirs follow a training curriculum developed by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).

  • St. Cecilia Choir Open to all kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade children, this choir is designed to teach our younger children the foundational skills of choral singing in worship. Learning songs primary by rote, they sing in worship 6-8 times per year. The curriculum for the St. Cecilia Choir is based on the introductory RSCM VOICE for LIFE program to help build their vocal skills and musical understanding.
    Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 PM.
  • Choristers All 3rd-8th grade children are welcome to join the Grace Church Choristers program. The Chorister program provides a free and professional music education to our choristers; through rehearsals and worship services they gain valuable spiritual development and learn about their faith through liturgy and music. Choristers sing in worship approximately twice per month and have the opportunity to attend RSCM Summer Camps.
    Weekly rehearsals are Wednesday from 5:00-6:00 PM.
  • Parish Choir The Parish Choir is the foundation of our music program and open to adults and high-school youth. This group learns a variety of choral literature and is dedicated to excellent leadership of our worship at Grace. In addition to singing for regular Sunday services, our Parish Choir participates in special liturgies and programs throughout the year. Membership is open to all with previous musical experience who can commitment to regular rehearsals and services.
    Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00–9:00 PM and Sundays 9:45–10:30 AM.
  • Creation Ringers Bell Choir Our handbell ringers ring three octaves of bells and two octaves of chimes to provide offerings in worship on a regular basis. All adults and youth (6th grade and up) are welcome to join. Membership is open to all; previous musical experience is helpful but is not required. Time commitment to both rehearsals and services is important.

For more information on any of our groups, please contact Will Gotmer, our Director of Music and Organist.

Friends of Music

The Friends of Music program at Grace seeks to cultivate and support the music ministry at Grace by offering enhancement to regular Sunday worship and providing special musical services and concerts. Each year, Friends of Music hosts top-level soloists and ensembles and supports special liturgies to help enrich the musical life of our parish and our community.

Friends of Music at Grace is excited to announce the following special concerts and services planned for the 2018-2019 series.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Music through your financial support, please contact Will Gotmer.

Organ and Steeple Bells

Our experience at worship has been enhanced since the arrival of Casavant Frères opus 3865 in the fall of 2007 and the installation of our bells, which are named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in April 2005.

»  learn more about our organ and bells