Choral Music and Congregational Singing at Grace Church
Music is integral to the worship and community life of Grace Church. Music is not worshiped here, but it empowers the worship experience. While no one can define how music transforms our communal worship life, no one can deny that it happens. Whether it is the quietest chant, or most triumphant anthem, music can do what ordinary words remain powerless to do: it reaches deep into our soul and moves us.
While we highly value the contribution of the choir’s anthems to our worship, we believe deeply in the power of congregational singing and our choir’s primary responsibility is to lead and inspire congregational song. We use the Hymnal 1982 as our primary musical resource, but on occasion draw from other sources as well, including Wonder, Love and Praise.
The Grace Church Choir is the principal choral ensemble of the parish. The choir sings for the 10 am Holy Eucharist most Sundays from the week after Labor Day through Trinity Sunday (late May/early June). The choir also sings on Christmas Eve, and for the Triduum (Monday Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Day). Additional services such as Lessons and Carols and Choral Evensong are sung on Sundays at 5 pm throughout the year. The choir’s repertoire spans over 500 years, including masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony, Classical and Romantic repertoire, and music through the 21st century. Please consult the Music at Grace Brochure for a schedule of upcoming services and repertoire.
The Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 8:45 am, and again from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm, following the 10 am Service. Additionally, there is one optional weeknight rehearsal on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 pm. This rehearsal is intended for those who desire more rehearsal time on the coming Sunday’s anthems, or for those who may have missed the prior Sunday.
The choir is anchored by four professional section leaders, providing musical and vocal leadership within each section of the choir.
Membership is open to all, though sight-reading skills are extremely helpful. If you are interested in singing with the Grace Church Choir, please contact Vincent Edwards, Director of Music via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (401) 331-3225.
Sunday, November 1, 5 PM (3 PM rehearsal): Choral Evensong with the Choir of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, East Greenwich, held at St. Luke’s, 99 Peirce St.
Saturday, December 12, 10 to Noon: Rehearsal for Lessons and Carols (Full Choir)
Sunday, December 13, 5 PM (3:30 PM Rehearsal), Lessons and Carols
Thursday, December 24, 5 PM (3:15 rehearsal) and 10 PM (9:15 Rehearsal): Christmas Eve Services. There will be a half-hour prelude before both services, featuring Choir and Soloists.
Saturday, March 5, 10 AM to Noon: Rehearsal for Evensong (Full Choir)
Sunday, March 6, 5 PM (3:30 rehearsal): Choral Evensong
Wednesday, February 10, 7 PM (6 PM Rehearsal): Ash Wednesday Service
The Sacred Triduum: Holy Week
Thursday, March 24, 7 PM (6 PM rehearsal): Maundy Thursday Service
Friday, March 25, Noon (11 AM rehearsal): Good Friday Service
Saturday, March 26, 7 PM (6 PM rehearsal): The Great Vigil
Saturday, May 14, 10 AM to Noon: Rehearsal for Concert
Sunday, May 15, 5 PM (4 PM rehearsal): Grace Church Choir Choral Concert
The Summer Choir
The Summer Choir provides musical leadership and choral offerings for the 10 am Eucharist each Sunday from early June through the Labor Day weekend. Like the other Grace Church choirs, it is multi-generational and is open to anyone who would like to participate.
Participants make a week-by-week commitment, with the only requirement being attendance at the 9 a.m. Sunday morning rehearsal on the Sundays when they would like to sing. The Summer Choir does not wear vestments – a real benefit given that the church can be quite warm during July and August!
The Summer Choir leads the hymns and service music and provides a simple anthem or two at the 10 am Eucharist. This is also a wonderful time for volunteer soloists to share their talents with the congregation. Thanks to the Summer Choir we have choral music at the 10 am Eucharist every Sunday of the year.