Music at Grace Church

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.

The Choristers’ Prayer above is at the heart of the music program at Grace. The purpose of the choirs is not to entertain, but, as they sing, to point people to God. All choir members at Grace strive for excellence – “to perfect the praises of God’s people” – in everything they do. Participation in choir is open to all.

Choirs for Young People

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

  • Choristers All 3rd-8th grade children are welcome to join the Grace Church Choristers program. Choristers will sing in worship 1-2 times per month and will rehearse weekly on Wednesdays from 5:00—6:00 PM beginning September 6, 2017. The Choristers will use the RSCM VOICE for LIFE curriculum, an acclaimed structured choral training guide that provides a framework for young choral singers to develop their vocal skills, musical understanding, and knowledge of the repertoire. Choristers will have an opportunity to attend RSCM Summer Camps.
  • St. Cecilia Choir Reading kindergarteners-2nd grade are welcome to join this choir. This program is designed to teach our younger children the foundational skills of choral singing in worship to prepare them for the Choristers program. They will sing in worship 6-8 times per year and will rehearse weekly on Wednesdays from 5:00—5:45 PM beginning September 6, 2017. The St. Cecilia choir will be using the introductory RSCM VOICE for LIFE curriculum to help build their vocal skills and musical understanding.

Chorister Parent Involvement Parents are essential to the success of the Chorister program at Grace. All parents of choristers are invited to take an active role, helping with vesting of choristers for services, vestment care, social events, trips and other non-musical necessities. Information will be shared via email with all chorister parents.

Choir for Adults

Adults and high-school youth are welcome to participate in the Parish Choir. This group learns a variety of choral literature and is dedicated to excellent leadership of our worship at Grace. In addition to singing for the 10:45 AM service each Sunday, our Parish Choir participates in special liturgies and programs throughout the year such as Choral Evensongs, Lessons and Carols, Compline, Holy Week and Easter services. Membership is open to all; previous musical experience is helpful but is not required. Time commitment to both rehearsals and services is important. Please contact Will Gotmer for information.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays 7:00–9:00 PM beginning August 30, 2017; Sunday warm up 9:45–10:30 AM. 

Creation Ringers Bell Choir

After a successful trial period, the Creation Ringers will continue to rehearse and provide offerings in worship on a regular basis throughout the program year. 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. Please contact Will Gotmer for information.
Rehearsals are held on Thursdays 6:30–8:00 PM beginning August 31, 2017.

Organ and Steeple Bells

Our experience at worship has been enhanced since the arrival of Casavant Frères opus 3865 in the fall of 2007. This 47-rank, custom built pipe organ also provides the equipment and ambiance for concerts and recitals of an higher order than heretofore possible.

Our bells, which are named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, were cast in late January 2005 at the world–renowned Paccard Bell Foundry in Annecy, France and installed in our tower on April 19 that same year.

»  learn more about our organ and bells

Friends of Music

The music ministry at Grace Church often requires funding over and above what is provided in the church operating budget. To meet this need, Friends of Music was organized and consists of those who support the music ministry through a contribution to the Friends of Music Fund. A general appeal for the fund is made each February, but contributions can be made at any time. Many thanks to all those who support our church’s music ministry through the Friends of Music! We are very excited about our special concerts and services for the 2017-2018 program year; please see our events page for more details.

If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can SING!