Music abounds at Christ Church!
Whether it's the sounds of a children's choir rehearsing, an organ recital, the simple refrains from a Taizé chant, a pianist playing a voluntary, a canticle at Evensong or a congregation enthusiastically singing hymns on a Sunday morning, there is always music happening here.
Christ Church has a long history of great music. The first organ at Christ Church resides in the Smithsonian's collection of historical instruments. But our music is not all focused on the past. While we routinely draw upon the great canon of music from the rich Anglican tradition, we also celebrate the remarkable contributions that modern composers are making to sacred music. Over the past ten years, the church has commissioned new choral works by Bruce Neswick, Craig Phillips, Dent Davidson, Leo Nestor, Richard Webster, David Ashley White, Ray Urwin, Joel Martinson and William Bradley Roberts.
There are two children's choirs who rehearse weekly. The Canterbury Choir, for children ages seven and above, sings weekly for the 10:00 AM worship service. These same choristers utilize the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) system which teaches basic fundamentals of music. A sophisticated computer lab in the choir room assists in teaching ear training and musical notation. Our younger Cherub Choir sings once a month and makes a joyful noise that is anything but noise!
The adult choir is a mixture of volunteers and professionals which is open to all who are willing to invest the time commitment such an ensemble requires. In addition to singing on Sunday mornings, the choir regularly sings services of Choral Evensong and other extra liturgical events. This warm and inviting group of people is a wide mix of talent, but committed to championing good music and to helping lead our parish in weekly worship.
For information on joining any of the choirs, or to volunteer your own musical abilities to the benefit of this parish, please email Jason Abel. There’s an open spot just for you. Come share the journey and join in our music making!