Music

​​​​​​Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.  Psalm 98:5

Music is an integral, beautiful part of worship in the Episcopal tradition. From congregational hymns and choral anthems to the chanting of Psalms and instrumental voluntaries, our music connects with the scriptures of the day and the seasons of the Christian year. Whatever your level of musical experience, we invite you to join us.

 


St. Cecilia Choir (Senior Kindergarten/Grade 1)

Named for the patron saint for music, the St. Cecilia Choir is where the children learn music reading skills, basic Episcopal worship traditions, and singing and rhythmic skills. Director Dr. 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: presently on hiatus, start-up in Fall 2022

Holy Communion Choristers (Grades 2-6)

The Choristers of Church of the Holy Communion follow the Voice for Life training scheme of the Royal School of Church (RSCM) in which the choristers work on five modules - vocal skills, music reading skills, anthem repertoire, liturgical traditions, and choir as Christian community. Dr. Koziel works individually with each chorister in completing these skills with RSCM workbooks. When each chorister has completed a level, the child is rewarded with a colored ribbon and medallion that is worn with his/her vestment: The RSCM also holds various summer training courses throughout the country, St. Louis being the nearest one. The CHC Choristers sing at least once per month, primarily alone and sometimes with the Parish Choir.

Rehearsals: presently on hiatus, start-up in Fall 2022

Parish Choir

The Parish Choir is open to all who wish to sing and share their talents in our parish music ministry. The largest ensemble at Church of the Holy Communion, this choir regularly sings for the 10:30 a.m. service on Sundays, offering a wide variety of choral literature from the great classics to spirituals. The choir also presents periodic major choral works with brass or chamber orchestra. Comprised of adults and high school youth, new members are always welcomed.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:30 - 8 p.m., Room 335 (Choir Room, Music Suite)

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 for those that play another musical instrument and want to be active in the music ministry. These dedicated handbell ringers play a five-octave set of Schulmerich English handbells. Some basic music-reading ability is helpful. The Holy Communion Ringers provide music for worship about every 4-6 weeks in addition to other seasonal liturgical offerings.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Room 342 (Children's Music Room, Music Suite)



Music Staff

  • Dr. Ellen Koziel

    Assistant Minister of Music (Children's Music)

    ekoziel@holycommunion.org

    901-767-6987 x4027

  • Dr. David Ouzts

    Minister of Music and Liturgy

    douzts@holycommunion.org

    901-767-6987 x4013

Parish Choir Section Leaders

  • Kathleen Quinlen

    Soprano

  •  Cameron Donlin

    Mezzo/Alto

  • Dr. Joel Chapman

    Tenor

  • Tate Hansen

    Bass/Baritone

  • Dr. Claire Cepeda

    Music Librarian and Section Leader