Music at Emmanuel Church is a very active ministry, with vocal and handbell choirs providing leadership at weekly worship services, an annual concert series, an outreach choir called The Piedmont Singers, special music for parish events, and many opportunities for participating in the musical life of the parish. The most important function of music at Emmanuel Church is in enhancing worship, praising God, praying, and expressing our faith in ways that words alone cannot do. St. Augustine is noted for saying, "Those who sing, pray twice."
Contact Wendy Oesterling at 540-539-7646 for more information.
The 8.5-rank tracker organ at Emmanuel Church was built by the Rieger Orgelbau in Austria and installed in 1976. The organ is perfectly voiced for the sanctuary and is an important part of our weekly worship.
Singers and others interested in music are cordially invited to explore whether they are called to offer their gifts. No previous musical training or audition is required. Here are ways to participate:
Senior Choir Rehearsal: Sundays from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, is open to all singers high school age and older. The Senior Choir leads worship at the 10:30 service every Sunday from September through June and provides special music for services during the summer. The Senior Choir is a close-knit dedicated community of faith with a ministry that also includes presenting music for worship celebrations throughout the church year such as Evensong, services during Holy Week, Christmas festivities, and community worship services.
Emmanuel Ringers Rehearsal: Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30 pm. The handbell choir provides special music for services throughout the year. Members play solo pieces and accompany the congregation and the vocal choirs using three octaves of handbells and three octaves of tone chimes. This choir also plays annually at the Free Church Homecoming service, a community celebration of our common Christian heritage.
The Piedmont Singers is a musical outreach ministry of Emmanuel Church, founded in 1999 to present a sacred concert including major choral works at the close of the annual Christmas in Middleburg celebration the first weekend in December. The choir also presents a special musical offering during Holy Week each year. Comprised of singers from many area churches, the Piedmont Singers have become known for excellence in sacred choral repertoire and worship services. The choir has collaborated with the Piedmont Symphony and have been privileged to serve as the "visiting choir" at Wells, Canterbury, York Minster, and St. Patrick's (Dublin) Cathedrals. Interested singers are invited to contact Wendy Oesterling for rehearsal and performance information.