Music this week begins with all choirs at the Maundy Thursday service. The bells will play a piece based on the chorale, “Ah, holy Jesus,” and the Parish Choir’s anthem is also based on this tune. The youth choirs will sing a Spanish footwashing song – “Pan de vida,” and will join the Parish Choir in a Hebrew piece, “Hashivenu.” Good Friday at noon in the chapel has several hymns and reflective organ music. The evening Good Friday service is a contemplative version of the Stations of the Cross, and music will be provided by Abby Warren. The Great Vigil of Easter begins simply in the Parish Hall, but ends in a large way with the first celebration of Easter in the sanctuary. Easter morning’s 9 and 11a.m. service feature handbells, a brass quartet with timpani, and music by all choirs. Our tradition for many years has been to end the service with the “Hallelujah Chorus,” with the congregation’s participation.
Do you like to sing, but aren’t available to make a full time commitment to the Parish Choir? We’d love to have you join us for Easter, 4/21, at the 9 and 11a.m. services. Rehearsals are 3/28, 4/4, 4/11 from 7:45-8:30 and 4/20 from 1-2:30pm. Please let Minister of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are interested, and music will be waiting for you!
Our annual service of Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday, December 16, at 4p.m. All are welcome to hear the story of the birth of Jesus told through scripture and song. The Parish, B#, Disco Penguin, and Handbell Choirs have been preparing for this special service, which will also include plenty of congregational singing, and ends with the church bathed in candlelight. We hope that you will find the time to center yourself and find the “reason for the season,” and feel free to bring a friend.
As we begin to plan our schedules for the fall, I urge you to consider joining a choir at All Saints’.
We have two youth choirs, a parish choir, and a handbell choir. Our youngest choir, the Disco Penguins, is for children who can read words (usually K/1) through grade 4 or 5. The Penguins meet on Thursdays, from 6-7pm in the Choir Room. The B# Choir is for unchanged voices, and welcomes graduating Penguins and all others through grade 12. This group meets on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the Choir Room, and includes a half hour overlap with the Disco Penguins. Each group sings separately, as well as preparing jointly for the annual Three Choirs Festival which will be on May 5, 2019 at All Saints’. Both the Disco Penguins and the B# choirs will begin rehearsals on September 13.
Our Handbell Choir, under the dedicated volunteer Debbie Psilopoulos, meets Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. The ability to read music is a plus for this adult group, but is not mandatory. This group rehearses in the sanctuary, beginning September 13.
The Parish Choir meets Thursdays from 7:45-9:15pm, beginning September 6. If you enjoy singing, and are interested in becoming further involved in the life at All Saints’, we would love to have you. We welcome all voice parts, but are especially in need of men.
Please speak to any current choir member, to Debbie P, or myself if you would like to know more.
Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music, email@example.com