Music is the way in which worshippers give voice to the action and meaning of the liturgy and worship. At Good Shepherd the choir, singers and organ lead the congregation in corporate song, giving praise and thanksgiving to God through hymns, Psalms and other musical forms. Our music is very closely integrated with the scripture and seasonal theme of each Sunday and draws from a variety of styles and traditions, particularly our Anglican tradition of choral anthem and organ. The expression of children in worship is welcomed, and the Cherub and Junior Choir play a significant role in both education about music and worship and in our worship opportunities.
There are many opportunities for you to become involved in our parish ministry of music! For any information about the music program at Good Shepherd, contact the church office at 423-821-1583 or the Director of Music, John Wigal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adult Choir
The Adult Choir is the leader of our musical ensembles. Supported by a quartet of local professionals, the Adult Choir is the regular leader of Sunday worship and feast liturgies. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays, from Labor Day through Pentecost from 6:45 to 8:15 PM.
The choir is made up of many volunteers with a wide variety of skills and experiences and is open to any interested person high school age or older. In addition to its regular Sunday schedule, the choir takes part in community festivals, diocesan events and annually presents two or three large works as well, including those by Haydn, Howells, Mozart, Schubert, Stanford and others.
The Youth Chorale
The Youth Chorale is open to auditioned singers in middle and high school (sixth grade and above). The choir sings regularly on Sundays and on festive occasion with the Adult Choir. They also often join forces with the Junior Choir. The chorale rehearses on Sundays during the school year following the 10:30 am service. The chorale will offer opportunities during the year to sing with other area middle/high school choirs and interested individual singers are welcome to participate in RSCMA Summer courses as well as work toward the RSCMA Awards if desired.
The Junior Choir
The Junior Choir is made up of children in grades three through five. This group sings regularly for Sunday morning worship, leads the festive family service on Christmas Eve and presents a musical each spring.
The Junior Choir meets on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 to 5:30 PM in the Choir Room. Good Shepherd is an affiliate of the Royal School of Church Music in America. Singers in the Junior Choir work to earn colored ribbons through the RSCMA’s “Voices for LIfe” program. Each summer singers from Good Shepherd are given the opportunity to attend summer courses sponsored by the RSCMA and work with cathedral organists/choirmasters from across the US and England.
The Cherub Choir
The Cherub Choir is for children in kindergarten through grade two. The choir rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:00PM in the Choir Room. The choir is primarily geared toward learning basic musical and vocal skills, particularly in the areas of rhythm and pitch. The Cherub Choir performs at scheduled times throughout the church year and presents the Christmas pageant on Christmas Eve.