Music at Christ Church
Music is a vital part of our worship and helps us express the inexpressible through the God-given gift of song. Through congregational hymns, psalmody, instrumental music, and choral offerings we offer our prayers and praise to our Creator.
For those wishing to step beyond the congregation and offer their musical talents at another level we offer several choirs. One need not be a member of Christ Church to sing in our choirs.
Parish Choir. Sings at the 11:00 service September through May. Parish Choir also offers Choral Evensong, Lessons & Carols, and other Holy Day liturgies throughout the church year. Repertoire is drawn from diverse sources including chant, Renaissance motets, spirituals, and 19th– 20th– and 21st-century choral music. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 7:00-9:00pm in the Music room.
Heart & Soul Choir. Sings at the 8:45 service September through May. Style is casual with piano and guitar and occasional percussion. We sing hymns, anthems, and some great psalmody. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 5:00-6:30pm in the Music room. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome.
Choristers. 3rd through 6th graders. We learn music fundamentals using the Royal School of Church Music curriculum, and we sing about once per month. Rehearsals are Wednesday afternoons 4:30-5:30pm in the Music room. We have room for young people and parents of young people who wish to assist.
Music & Motion. Kindergarten through 2nd graders. Children learn singing and movement using some great songs and some great choreography. They sing about once per month in worship. Rehearsals are 4:30-5:15pm in the Parish House. There is room for children and parent assistants.
Handbells. Our handbell choir practices and plays on our 3-octave set of Schulmerich bells. Music reading skills are helpful but not necessary. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7:00-8:00pm. Space is limited, so be sure to call music director Clifford Badgley for availability.
Song Lovers. Though technically not a choir, Song Lovers is still a part of the Music Ministry at Christ Church. We are studying and singing all the music in the Hymnal 1982. And when we’re done with that? We have Lift Every Voice and Sing and Wonder, Love, and Praise. Monday evenings 6:00-7:00pm in the Music Room.
Questions about any of the groups? Or just want to meet for coffee and discuss interesting musical things? Contact music director Clifford Badgley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 252-633-2109. Or wander up to the balcony after services!
The Howard Carillon
The church tower holds a carillon of 27 bells, the gift of a former parishioner, Dr. Albert Howard, honoring his wife, Joyce. The carillon reached its present state in 1996. The bells, cast at the Paccard Foundry in Annecy, France, strike the hours and quarters and can be played from the organ console.
Want to join? New members for any of the choirs are welcome at any time during the year! It is not necessary to read music. All of our musical groups are volunteer organizations and no auditions are necessary. For more information contact Clifford Badgley, Music Director.
We invite you to join us!