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Church of the Ascension has a number of music ensembles. There are many opportunities for choral participation in worship through the Parish Choir, the Ascension Singers, the Ascension Schola, and the Boys and Girls’ Choir. For those less comfortable with singing, the Ascension Handbell Choir also participates in worship. If you feel like dipping your toes in the musical waters during the summer, Summer Quire provides a no-obligation opportunity to try out singing with the option of remaining in the Parish Choir for the remainder of the year. See the many ensemble opportunities below!

Parish Choir

The Parish Choir is composed of amateur and professional singers devoted to leading congregational praise. The choir’s repertoire is grounded in the Anglican choral tradition but incorporates other styles and idioms as the occasion warrants.

Along with the Sunday morning services at 11:15 am throughout the year, the choir performs special music for the seasons of Advent and the Epiphany. In Lent, Holy Week entails sung services for Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday, culminating in the Great Vigil. Easter Day and Christmas Eve services are augmented with a brass quintet. In addition to the occasional choral evensong, the choir sings an annual choir concert with orchestra.

Parish Choir rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm with choir warm-up scheduled Sunday mornings at 10:15 am. It is open to all by audition.

For more information please contact Jim Garvey.

Ascension Singers

The Ascension Singers, a choir dedicated to singing at the 9:00 am service and for special events throughout the year, meets a half-hour before the 9:00 am service. The Ascension Singers also sing in conjunction with the Boys and Girls’ Choir to provide Alto, Tenor, and Bass support.

Boys and Girls' Choir

The Choir of Boys and Girls sings each Sunday at the 9:00 a.m. service, September through May. Membership is open to all boys and girls grades second through ninth, regardless of musical experience. Modeled on the program established by the Royal School of Church Music, the curriculum choristers use employs “Voice for Life” materials as well as other training programs. The Boys and Girls’ Choir performs with orchestra at an annual spring choir concert along with the Parish Choir. In August, the Boys and Girls’ Choir meets at Grace Point in Kingston, TN for an annual four-day choir camp.

Rehearsals take place Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:45 to 6 pm. Choir warm-up on Sunday morning is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., after Christian Education. Interested parents will want to contact the music department to enroll their children.

For more information please contact Jim Garvey.

Summer Quire

The Summer Quire is a non-committment choir that has no rehearsals during the summer.  Warm-up is at 9:15 am for the 10:00 am service.  Be a part of music at Ascension by singing as often or as little as you like during the summer months.  To find our more, contact Jim Garvey for all the details.

Ascension Handbells

There is more than one way to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and handbells are yet another way to express your praise, thanksgivings, and prayers in worship. Ever wish you could play music, but the score got in the way? Handbells are the perfect way to learn how to read music, groove into rhythm, and learn basic music theory all while having fun and fellowship with some hip, bronze-ringing parishioners.

Handbell ringers currently meet on Monday nights at 6:45 pm in the Choir Room on the lower floor of the building. We ring with a three octave set of Malmark bells and chimes. Music ranges from level 1-3+ (levels 4 and above are in the works) and we use techniques such a malleting, singing-bell, suspended, and lots of marting.

Summer 2016 will see our new annual Bell Camp.  This camp, while geared for members of the bell choir, welcomes anyone to come experience ringing at any point in rehearsal.  We’ll have fun with some videos, technique instruction, intense rehearsal on core music for the year, and a pot luck luncheon.

If you are interested in joining handbells, please email Andrew Morehead for more information. Space is limited, but we always encourage “handbell encounters.” Swing by any Monday night to have a little fun!