Music

The ministry of music is very important at Emmanuel Church. The Anglican tradition is musically rich and we do our best to live into that tradition. Choral singing, congregational singing, and instrumental music are all ways in which we worship, praise, and express our joy and faith in God.

We have a wonderful organ that was designed for our church. It is an 8.5 rank tracker organ built and installed by Rieger Orgelbau in 1976.

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The Choir helps lead worship at the 10:30 service on Sundays, holy days, and for special services during the program year. The Choir consists of ten to fifteen members. Some have musically training and some do not. There is no audition required to participate. Singers age sixteen and up are welcome to participate. Throughout the year the Choir partners with various instrumentalists, soloists, and the Emmanuel Ringers (see below) to present a variety of musical styles and forms from Renaissance to Classical to contemporary.  As St. Augustine wrote, “Those who sing, pray twice.”

 

The Emmanuel Ringers is a group of parishioners and friends who enjoy ringing handbells to provide music for Sunday worship services. They also ring for other special occasions throughout the year. We have three octaves of handbells and three octaves of tone chimes. The group prepares handbell only pieces and also accompanies choral anthems and congregational singing.

For more information on music at Emmanuel Church please contast the office at 540.687.6297 or parishsecretary@emmanuelmiddleburg.org.