Music at Christ & Grace

Music in Worship

The Music Ministry at Christ & Grace Episcopal Church is a vital component in the life of our parish. The volunteer Adult Choir provides musical leadership at services and special events throughout the year. Grounded in the unique Anglican choral tradition, the central focus of our music at Christ & Grace is to support the liturgy and enhance meaningful worship through traditional hymns, canticles, psalms, anthems and spiritual songs. Although the Adult Choir is the primary service choir, the congregation plays a major role in our corporate worship, joining in the singing of hymns and service music to the greater glory of Almighty God.

The music at Christ & Grace reflects the variety and scope of our liturgies and parishioners while maintaining a close connection to our spiritual history and growth. From our primary Sunday morning liturgy to high holy day liturgies to the contemplative monthly Celtic Evensong, it is our hope that music will find special meaning to all who worship here.

“Come let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.”
Psalm 95:1

Adult Choir

Membership is open to all interested singers high school age and older. The choir sings for Sunday morning liturgies from September through May, Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve evening services and rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. in the church. In previous years, the choir has sung an annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, as well as major works with a chamber orchestra. Regular attendance at rehearsals is required. Music reading and the ability to blend with other voices is encouraged. Contact Organist and Choirmaster Timothy Hall at thall@christandgrace.org for more information.

2023 Handbells

Canterbury Ringers

Christ & Grace Church is blessed to have a three-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells, given in memory of Belle Shealy Kirkpatrick by Cyrus and Kathleen Kirkpatrick in 1990. In previous years, the Handbell Choir included both youth and adults and has participated in an annual regional handbell festival. Although the choir became inactive during the pandemic, they are excited about their comeback and are currently seeking new members. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Undercroft. The ability to read music is desirable. For more information, please contact Tim Richardson, Bell Choir Director at timothy42b@yahoo.com

Music For The Joy Of It

Christ & Grace occasionally host concerts by outside groups. They’re not truly “outside”, though, since some of these groups may include parishioners who are members, such as the Tri-Cities Community Bank. Others may be our neighbors and friends, such as the Virginia State University Concert Choir.

Our Organ

M.P. Möller, Hagerstown, MD  

Op. 10889, 1973  

2 manuals and pedal, 20 ranks

GREAT (exposed)

8′ Principal 61

8′ Rohrflöte 61

4′ Octave 61

2′ Blockflöte 61

II  Sesquialtera 98

III-IV  Mixture 220

Tremulant   

Chimes 25

POSITIV (enclosed)

8′ Metalgedeckt 61

 8′ Gemshorn 61

  8′ Gemshorn Celeste 49

4′ Koppelflöte 61

 2′ Principal 61 

1 1/3′ Quinte 61 

8′ Trumpet 61

Tremulant

Pedal

16′ Subbass 32

8′ Spitzprincipal 32

8′ Pommer 12

4′ Spitzoctave 12

16′ Fagott 32 L/2

4′ Fagott 24