Church of the Ascension has a number of music ensembles. The Parish Choir and the Boys and Girls’ Choir both sing weekly, and the Ascension Handbell Choir performs six or seven times each year for Sunday services. In the off-season, June through August, the Summer Quire sings easier repertoire, forgoing a weekly mid-week rehearsal. Additional information about these various ensembles is provided below.
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, embracing other styles and idioms as circumstances warrant.
Along with the weekly Sunday morning 10:30 service, The Parish Choir observes liturgical seasons and feast days, offering special programming for Advent and the Epiphany. Holy Week sees the choir offering the sung service of Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. Easter Day and Christmas Eve services are musically augmented through a resident brass quintet. The choir sings an annual concert with orchestra.
Parish Choir rehearsals take place Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 with choir warmups taking place Sunday mornings an hour before the service. The choir is open to all by audition.
For more information please contact Jim Garvey.
BOYS AND GIRLS’ CHOIR
Like the Parish Choir, the Boys and Girls’ Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:30 am service, September through May. Membership is open to all boys and girls grades second through ninth grade, 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 joins the Parish Choir in its annual choir concert as well as other seasonal programming.
Rehearsals take place Wednesday afternoons, 4:45 to 6. On Sunday, choir warmups take place at 10:05 upon the conclusion of the Christian education hour.
The Summer Quire, composed mostly of Parish Choir members, sings faithfully for Sunday services in the summer months. Repertoire is not difficult and there is no mid-week rehearsal, making the summer months an attractive point of entrée for prospective singers (one may join music ensembles at any time, however).
Ascension’s Handbell Choir can be the perfect vehicle for parishioners who may not trust their voices to make music. This ensemble performs for Sunday services several times throughout the year.
Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8 . The ensemble makes full use of the church’s three octave set of Malmark bells as well as chimes.