Music is an integral part of worship at Grace. Through the offering of our time, talent, and energy, we seek to “make a joyful noise” to God however we are called to song. Grace offers a number of ways for children and adults of all ages to participate in music-making beyond Sunday morning worship.
Our Music Director Heather Kirkconnell joined us in August 2015. Heather brings a passion for all kinds of church music, great skill in working with musicians of all ages and abilities, a lively faith, excellent musicianship, and a sense of fun to her ministry at Grace! you may contact Heather for more information on any of our musical offerings.
Cherub Choir (ages 3-6)
The Cherub choir is a musical exploration for young singers to learn about basic musical concepts through fun games and songs related to the Christian faith. Rehearsals happen at various times during the year before the 10:30 worship hour.
Junior Choir (Grades 1-5)
The Junior Choir rehearses Sunday mornings from mid-September through May, and sings several times throughout the year. We explore various group instruments, continue to deepen our knowledge of musical concepts, and learn how to decipher music scores, eventually learning to read music.
Music for Youth
Youth are encouraged to be helpers in the Junior Choir and full participants in the Senior Choir. Various instrumental and choral solos and ensembles are organized with the help of the Music Director with the aim of supporting young musicians as they offer their musical talents to God. As the youth grow and mature, they are encouraged to take more leadership in what music they work on and how they present it in worship. In the recent past, a middle school ensemble chose their music for performance, and arranged the instrumental accompaniment themselves.
The Senior Choir of Grace Episcopal Church meets from early September through mid-June. Participation is open to anyone interested in serving God as a musical leader of the Parish. Soprano, alto, tenor and bass section leaders augment our choir and expand the scope of our repertoire. The choir sings music from the Renaissance to modern day, and seeks to offer a diversity of styles and composers from all over, both old and new. In addition to singing on Sunday mornings, the choir offers many musical events including Choral Evensong, a yearly Requiem on All Saints Sunday, a service of Lessons and Carols during Advent, and other larger-scale works according to the interests of the group.
Grace Church Ukulele Group
Yes, Grace does have a Uke Group! We play weekly after church in July and August, and periodically during the year, at events like the Christmas Pageant and the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Instruction provided! We even have some “church ukes,” if you want to try it out before purchasing your own.