OUR SENIOR CHOIR
Our Senior Choir, of about 20 members, is a remarkably capable group. There is a wide span of ages, from junior-high age to well-past retirement age, all bound together by a love of quality sacred music and a commitment to serve the worship of the church.
Long service is a hallmark of the choir…many have served for decades.
The repertoire is varied. New items are added regularly, but examples of major pieces sung in recent years includes:
- Faure: Requiem
- Vierne: Messe Solonnelle
- Rutter: Requiem, Te Deum
- Handel: Messiah choruses
- Howells: Te Deum
- Britten: Ceremony of Carols
- Gardiner: Evening Hymn
- Bach: Chorales and choruses from cantatas
Firmly rooted in the classical sacred music tradition, we also venture to contemporary composers in the traditional idiom.
Many of our choristers expand their horizons and skills by participating in regional choral societies such as the Lakes Region Singers and Pemi Chorus.
For over 30 years, our church has been affiliated to The Royal School of Church Music,www.rscm.com, www.rscmamerica.org. Our singers, from junior choristers through adults, regularly attend RSCM festivals and extended courses and singing weeks in America and in England.
The choir sings an anthem and service music every Sunday, mid-September through mid-June. During the summer months, soloists provide a musical offering each week.
We invite new singers. A non-threatening sing-along audition with Dennis and Doug is required. We invite you to consider giving choir a trial, perhaps for a season like Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter, or for whatever is best for you. You will have a cordial welcome.
OUR JUNIOR CHOIR
We have about a dozen young people who are now members of Sanbornton’s Junior Choir. They are positive, enthusiastic and committed to what they are doing. They all want to be in the choir as long as the Head Chorister, who has been in the choir for 8 years. Rehearsals are a new experience. "We do exercises with our mouths," they tell their Church School Teacher and proceed to demonstrate the exercises. "Sometimes we dance, but we try to be quiet; Mrs. Scott says to sing!" "We sing a lot of songs at rehearsals, says a boy, but only one at the church service. Another says that of all the things she does each week, this is the activity she enjoys most. "We learn lots of new songs, and we meet new friends," says a second-year singer. Many of the Junior choir members like the song, "Love, Love, Love" because it is easy to sing. But one girl’s favorite is "Wherever I May Wander"; and another prefers "The Lion and the Lamb." Most of the junior choristers like their blue robes. "I feel pretty," says one. "I feel like a disciple," says another. "I feel proud," says a third. All the new choir members agree that singing in the choir is FUN! Parents who would like to have their children have this musical and spiritual experience should contact Mary Ruth Scott. Church membership is not required, but children must take part in church school classes and activities.