Music at Zion
Music is an integral part of the Episcopal Liturgy, and Zion has a rich historical tradition of fine music. The music program at Zion focuses on enhancing the liturgy each week, through the singing of hymns, responses, choral anthems, and special music.
The church is home to a Moller pipe organ and a Steinway piano, and an extensive library of choral anthems and collections.
We welcome all who are interested in lifting their voice in song or can enhance our service with instrumental music.
The Chancel Choir meets each week from September to June at 9:45 am prior to singing at the 10:30 am Service, and rehearses on Thursday evening at 7 pm in the sanctuary. The choir seeks to minister to the Zion family through music by presenting music selections that enhance the message presented in Scripture and in the sermon. The choir is open to singers from high school age and up, and no musical training is necessary, just the desire to enhance the worship experience through song. The ability to read music and prior choral experience is certainly a plus, but not required. The music presented each week represents all musical periods and genres, from 15th Century motets to 21st Century choral composers.
You will find many choir members participating in other committees and activities at Zion. During the summer the choir suspends their weekly practice but continues to take part in music each Sunday morning through solos, small ensembles, and instrumental music. If you need more information regarding joining the choir, please contact the Director of Music, Thomas Lang, contact information above.
The choir meets on Sunday morning prior to the Chancel Choir rehearsal. Just as with the Chancel Choir, the Children’s Choir members seek to enhance the liturgy through song, by themselves and often in collaboration with the Chancel Choir, usually taking part in the liturgy at least once a month. They are instructed in basic musical concepts of rhythm, melody and simple harmony. Each rehearsal begins with warm-ups and the introduction or practice of a new musical concept or song. All children from first through eighth grade are welcome to sing.
Instrumentalists and Soloist
There are many opportunities throughout the year to incorporate solo or instrumental music in the service, especially at Christmas and Easter. Do you play an instrument, or do you have a singing background? If so, please contact the Director of Music to see how you can help enhance our liturgy.