Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing. Psalm 98:5
Music is an essential, beautiful part of our worship experience, from the grandeur of the pipe organ to the haunting harmonies of flute and harp or fiddle and guitar. Each Sunday's music, from the choir anthems to the congregational hymns to the chanting of Psalms, connects with the scripture of the day and the season of the theological year. Explore the ways you can be involved in this inspiring part of the church's ministry, whatever your level of musical background!
Find our schedule of special services and a listing of all our service music here:
Music at Holy Communion 2016-2017 (PDF)
St. Cecilia Choir (Senior Kindergarten/Grade 1)
Named for the patron saint for children, the St. Cecilia Choir is the introductory experience for choral servant leadership in the Church where the children learn music reading skills, basic Episcopal worship tradition, and proper singing skills appropriate for their developing voices. Director Mrs. Ellen Koziel is a certified Orff music education specialist who is assisted by a group of faithful parents at weekly Wednesday rehearsals and when the children sing on Sunday mornings. This choir sings a few times each semester including All Saints' Sunday, the Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve, and Palm/Passion Sunday.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:00 p.m., Room 314 (Children's Choir Room)
Holy Communion Choristers (Grades 2-6)
The Choristers of Church of the Holy Communion follow the training scheme of the Royal School of Church (RSCM) in which the choristers work on five modules - vocal skills, music reading skills (visual and aural), anthem repertoire, liturgical skills, and choir as Christian community. Mrs. Koziel works individually with each chorister in completing these skills with RSCM workbooks; when each chorister has completed a level, the chorister is rewarded with a colored ribbon and medallion worn with his/her vestment: White, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red, or Yellow. The RSCM also holds various summer training courses throughout the country; CHC Choristers have traditionally attended the RSCM St. Louis Course for boys and girls, for which both Mrs. Koziel and Dr. Ouzts have served on the staff. The CHC Choristers sing at least once per month, primarily alone and sometimes with the Parish Choir.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Room 314 (Children's Choir Room)
The Parish Choir is open to all who wish to sing and share their talents in our parish music ministry. The largest choral ensemble at Church of the Holy Communion, this choir regularly sings for the 10:30 a.m. service on Sundays, offering the widest variety of choral literature from the great classics to spirituals; this choir also presents periodic major choral works with brass or chamber orchestra. The Parish Choir is comprised of adult and high school youth singers of all abilities and is augmented by staff singers. New members are encouraged and always welcomed.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Room 304 (Choir Room)
Comprised of professional singers and auditioned volunteers, The Motet Choir specializes in challenging choral literature of all styles of sacred music. Newcomers are always welcome, but a simple audition appointment is requested of all new members. The Motet Choir sings for the 10:30 a.m. service on the 4th Sunday of each month and for other special services and concerts throughout the season.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 8:00 - 9:00 p.m., Room 304 (Choir Room)
Holy Communion Ringers
Holy Communion Ringers is our handbell choir for adults and teens. Handbell ringing is a joyful, active way to provide beautiful music for worship, especially those play another musical instrument and want to be active in the music ministry. These dedicated handbell ringers play a three-octave set of Schulmerich English handbells given to the parish by Harwell and Faye Allen. Some basic music-reading ability is helpful for membership. The Holy Communion Ringers provide music for worship about every 4-6 weeks in addition to other seasonal liturgical offerings during the choir program year.
Rehearsals: Sundays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Room 304 (Choir Room)
In preparation for our Taizé Eucharist services, held on alternate Sunday evenings, a small group of singers gather at 4:30 p.m. to rehearse and prepare the Taizé chants and songs. Music in the Taizé tradition is meditative and intentionally simplistic, giving the worshipper the opportunity to be completely open to the Spirit while singing. Our Taizé Schola is a perfect opportunity for singers who cannot commit to a weekday rehearsal time; just show up on Taizé Sundays and sing!
Rehearsals: 1st and 3rd Sundays, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m., in the Church
- Dr. David Perry Ouzts - Minister of Music and Liturgy
- Dr. Jane Gamble, FAGO - Assistant Minister of Music (organ/choral)
- Ms. Ellen Koziel - Assistant Minister of Music (children's music)
- Jacquelyn Skoog Hayner, Katie Clark, Micah Pounds, Christopher Chandler - Section Leaders
- Claire Cepeda - Music Librarian and Section Leader
- Larkin Bryant - Music Assistant