WORSHIP, MUSIC & SERMONS
The 35-voice Chancel Choir is comprised of adult singers, college-aged and older. The group sings an impressive variety of a cappella and accompanied literature, including music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bach, Gibbons and Mozart, in addition to present-day composers such as Alice Parker, John Rutter, Daniel Pinkham and Andrew Carter. While the Choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. worship service, only (except for Christmas and Easter, two services), 9:00 a.m. worship frequently features one of our many children's choirs, in addition to other musicians from the congregation and/or the community. In the summer months performers from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra are frequently featured.
Christmas and Easter worship services traditionally highlight a major work with a brass ensemble and/or other instruments. Commitment Sunday is also a special service, featuring the Choir and a special guest instrumental ensemble.
The church has two pipe organs -- a 58-rank Goulding & Wood, Opus 43 (2005) in the main sanctuary, and a five-rank Moeller (1985) in the chapel.
The Chancel Choir offers a college scholarship stipend for strong singers who are good musicians as well. These students are selected based on auditions and are required to attend Thursday evening choir rehearsals (7:30-9:00 p.m.), 11:00 worship, and provide solos for the 9:00 service when necessary. Representative schools include Roanoke College, Hollins University and Radford University.
Anyone interested in participating in the Chancel Choir program may contact the church at (540) 343-3659.