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(You will need to advance the video about 6 minutes or so before the choir begins to sing.)

Rehearsal Times

Sounds of Joy Children's Choir
Sundays: 9:30 - 10:00am

Jubilation Youth Choir
Sundays: Noon - 1pm

Adult Choir
Wednesdays: 7:15 - 8:45pm

Band & Vocalists
Thursdays: 7:00 - 8:30pm

"Das Vaterunser" arr by John Allen T. Bankson

What's Happening in Children's Choir?

Sounds of Joy Children's Choir It's my joy and privilege to be able to work with some of the youngest singers in our church again. This year, the Sounds of Joy children's choir is exploring the new Presbyterian Hymnal, "Glory to God". While in a worship planning meeting recently, I started to realize how close our rehearsals were to the format of the Presbyterian Order of Worship.

Our worship service has five basic parts: gathering, preparing, listening, responding, and being sent out. Our rehearsal also follows this pattern, especially while we are exploring these familiar and unfamiliar hymns. A typical rehearsal goes something like this:

We Gather - the children come in, and we have a short time of greeting each other and catching up on each other's weeks.

We Prepare - we collect our materials and music, warm up our voices, and remind each other of our good singing postures.

We Listen - we pick some hymns to explore, sometimes at random, and listen to the tune, the words, the explanation of the meaning of the words, and how it sounds when we sing it.

We Respond - we "declare what it is we believe", sometimes vehemently. There have been quite a few hymns that we have declared lovely and beautiful, and have decided that we want to use them in worship at some point, and there may have been a couple that have promptly been dismissed. As a matter of fact, there was one that inspired a response of, "Blechhh!" (and I have to say that I agreed!) Everyone's a critic. ;-)

choir timeWe are Sent - we "go forth to serve" at the end of our time together.
It's not the end of singing for the week. I encourage the children to practice techniques we've been working on (sorry about all of those sliding notes, parents!), sing some of the songs at home, and sing just for the joy of it, and to bring happiness to others-to serve. It reminds me of a benediction response by Hal Hopson that you might end up hearing sometime later this year:

We go in joy!
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
We go knowing whom we serve,
For by serving our fellow man,
We serve God.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thank you for allowing us to serve!

Elizabeth Novak
Children's Choir Director


These Cuban percussion instruments were donated by Ann Legg to the RCLPC music ministry after her recent trip to Cuba. The chekeré is a large, hollow gourd almost entirely surrounded by a network of cords, to which many colored beads are attached. Widely used in Afro-Cuban sacred and popular music, it may be twisted, shaken or slapped producing a subtle variety of effects; musically, it is more flexible than maracas. Maracas made of leather, such as the ones in this photo, were first introduced in Venezuela and provide a better sound quality than maracas made from other materials. Claves, which are made of short wooden dowels and are very important in Cuban music, are often used to play a repeating rhythmic figure throughout a piece, known as clave.

Glory to God Hymnal Dedication

Glory to God hymnal dedication

Ellingboe Requiem, March 17, 2013
Rutter Requiem, March 18, 2012
Blue Grass Mass, May 5, 2011

Glenn McClure's Caribbean Mass, 2010
Kyrie    Gloria    Credo    Santo    Agnus Dei

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