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 asked of each participant is to be a worshipper.
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.
There are many opportunities available for musicians of all skill levels within our church. Those interested in singing may join the choir for students in first grade and above, Choristers, or one of the two choirs for adults: Parish Choir and Compline Choir. 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. We have a variety of volunteer ensembles that rehearse weekly. Those interested in playing instruments during worship may join the Folk Group, an ensemble of varied instrumentation, or the The Bells of Christ Church, which plays seven octaves of handbells and chimes. We also have musicians share their talents during worship in solo and small ensemble performances as well.
Please contact our Parish Musician, Mark Williams, if you are interested in serving.