''Those who sing pray twice'' spoke St. Augustine, great 5th Century Bishop.
The words of hymns are prayers and, when we sing them, we add to them a further dimension of honor and praise. Fifteen times the scriptures tell us to ''sing to the Lord."
Music is an integral and vibrant aspect of our worship service at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church. Our music program is lead by Cantor, Organist and Director of Music Mr. Scott F. Foppiano.
Membership is open to anyone in grade 7 (with parental commitment and support) through adult
Choir members are parishioners and community volunteers who generously contribute their time and talents to serve God by leading congregational singing through hymns, service music and anthems. They also offer choral anthems from a diverse range of traditional and sacred music. The St. James Parish Choir has a long-established, very fine reputation and legacy of musical excellence and leadership in our worship. The choir provides music at the 10 AM service each Sunday. The choir also sings at special, additional Holy Day Liturgies such as Christmas and during Holy Week.
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM in the choir room. Our Sunday warm-ups are at 9:15 AM. Our choir members sing together, pray together, and laugh together.
Membership is open to anyone in grade 6 (with parental commitment and support) through adult
A Handbell Choir is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of a church music ensemble. A beginner, with good instruction, can learn to play bells and have a gratifying musical experience in a relatively short period of time. At the same time, bells can offer the challenge of learning a new instrument to the experienced musician. The ringers work together to achieve a common goal of excellence in the performance of church music. And, we have fun... just ask any of our ringers!
Rehearsals: TBD depending on member availability
Membership is open to young singers in grades 3 through 8
The Treble Choristers are trained using the methods of the Royal School of Church Music, of which St. James is a proud and long-time affiliate. They learn solid, healthy vocal technique as well as music reading and theory skills, establishing a firm foundation for a lifetime of music making. The Choristers will sing once per month, as well as special services throughout the year. A vocal placement appointment with the Director of Music is requested prior to admission in the choir.
Rehearsals: TBD depending on the re-establishment of this choir
THE ONLY REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN ANY OF OUR CHOIRS INCLUDE:
(1) a realistic commitment to the rehearsal and Sunday schedules (especially regarding youth) and
(2) basic music reading skills. All else can be learned along the way!
Lessons in piano and/or organ are available through the Director of Music. Beginning piano students in grade 3 or above are welcome, as are beginning or returning adult students. Organ students are strongly encouraged to have piano experience and ability to read a musical score.
For further information about any of the musical programming above, or to join, please contact: Organist and Director of Music, Scott Foppiano, at 704-985-5591 text/cell or firstname.lastname@example.org
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