The Philosophy Behind our Music Making
Our church is committed to our choir members enjoying a life together of ministry through music, not merely participation in a music program. As followers of Jesus Christ, we strive to equip the gathered saints for the work of ministry. Therefore, music making is not an end in itself, but a means to a greater end: that of offering a living sacrifice of praise, of personal time and talent to our Creator God. As Christian musicians, we are not here to serve the art, but to serve the God of all art. Therefore the first commitment we ask of each participant is to be a worshipper. Although our Sunday morning choirs are not auditioned, membership within a choir requires the ability to match pitch consistently, a commitment to regular attendance, and a desire to improve one's own musical ability. I encourage you to come and experience our ministry of music. It will feed your soul! Mark K. Williams — Parish Musician
Our Musical Heritage
Christ Church Anglican’s musical heritage is a rich one. The Reverend John Wesley (rector of Christ Church 1736-1737) published the first English Hymnal in America at Christ Church in 1737. The hymnal was printed in the then named Charlestown by a printing company owned by Benjamin Franklin. The Reverend Bland Tucker (rector of Christ Church 1945-1967) served on the committees which put together both The Hymnal 1940 and our current hymnal, The Hymnal 1982; he also authored many hymns which appear in both. American songwriter and performer Johnny Mercer grew up at Christ Church and learned to sing in the Choristers, the parish’s children’s choir.
Listen to Christ Church Anglican Anywhere!
Now available: seven professional CDs and two beautifully filmed DVDs from the Christ Church Anglican Music Ministry featuring the Compline Choir, the Bells of Christ Church, the Folk group, the Parish Choir with orchestra, parishioner Chris Kohut singing and playing the lute and flute, and The Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. Click here to listen and to order your copies. Additionally, please check out the media player at the bottom of the page to hear and to watch our choirs!
The Choirs of Christ Church Anglican
Our first and largest choir is our congregation which gathers for worship each week. Our congregation loves to sing God's praises and enjoys a splendid heritage of Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs in their regular worship of the Lord.
Our volunteer rehearsing choirs include:
The Parish Choir (Senior High through Adult)
Leads in worship each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist. The choir presents major works with orchestra, The Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, and our annual Spring Concert.
Meets in the Choir Room; rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings meeting from 7 - 9 p.m. beginning in late August. A weekly choir dinner and fellowship time is offered at 6 p.m. prior to our rehearsal time.
The Choristers (Grades 2-high school)
Leads in worship each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist. Also sings in The Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols and the annual Spring Concert.
Meets in the Choir Room; rehearsals are on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 - 6 p.m. beginning in early September.
The Bells of Christ Church (Mixed Teen-age and Young Adult group)
Widely hailed as the finest youth handbell choir in the Southeastern U.S., the choir tours every year as well as rings monthly in worship at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, for The Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols and for the annual Spring Concert.
Meets in the church balcony. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7 - 8:30 p.m. beginning on September 14th.
The Folk Group (Mixed Teen-age and Adult group)
Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble. Leads music during the Eucharist at the 10:30 a.m. worship service and participates in The Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols and the annual Spring Concert.
Meets in the church balcony every other Sunday after worship from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
The Compline Choir (Mixed Teen-age and Adult group)
The Compline Choir is an auditioned ecumentical choir which sings the Office of Compline by candlelight each Sunday night at 9 p.m. Compline, or Night Prayer, is a Christian service of worship dating back to the monastic life in the Middle Ages. Compline, from the word completion, is sung in its entirety by the members of the Compline Choir as their offering to the Lord to commemorate the day's end. In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed and in anticipation of God's gift of new day.