The participants of the Music Ministry have experienced a number of wonderful events during 2016.
Musical Groups. Epiphany has four active musical groups.
- The Joyful Noise leads us in worship with slightly contemporary music under the leadership of Bob Astalos.
- The Chapel Choir provides leadership for hymnody and liturgy, and also adorns our service with a variety of musical offerings in various musical styles.
- Epiphany Young Singers meets during the Sunday School choir and sings for worship about once or twice each quarter.
- The handbell choir is rehearsing. It will provide bell music in worship service and other events throughout the season.
Here are some projects that have kept the groups busy!
- The Chapel Choir continues to lead in the each weekly service twice to three times each month.
- The Chapel Choir participated with the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church in November.
- The Chapel Choir and the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Covington, joined together to present A Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols fashioned after the 1917 service by the same name at King’s College in Cambridge, England. That presentation brought about a significant media outreach through the Rockdale Citizen, and the posting of banners and posters throughout the area. It has also attracted the participation of several individuals who have come to join us.
- The Chapel Choir maintains approximately the same number as last year. We have added 3 members while we have lost 3 members due to health related issues.
- Epiphany has a strong un-official connection with the Covington-Conyers Choral Guild with 6 musicians who sing in both groups.
- The Youth participated in worship as an instrumental ensemble the Youth Service in November.
- Epiphany Young Singers presented the musical, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, which was the original stage adaptation of that familiar Christmas made-for-TV-musical.
- Under the general leadership of Bob Astalos, the Joyful Noise has branched out to participate in both worship services each week by incorporating the use of a schedule that flip-flops between preludes and offertories. Bob continues to provide this important ministry.
- Epiphany is blessed to have both a pipe organ and a wonderful Knabe grand piano in the worship space.
- Even more than that, we are blessed once more to have Arthur Schlueter III, a church member, who takes great pride in maintaining and improving our instrument. Arthur’s firm is developing an international presence and recognition by building pipe organs throughout Georgia, the United States, and abroad.
- In the future I hope that we can have the voicing adjusted so that the instrument can be more properly suited to the scale of the Epiphany sanctuary.
- The Knabe remains in a satisfactory state, and this year it was revoiced to improve its tone and responsiveness.
- We are learning to use the Schulmerich handbell on a regular basis. Last spring the choir took the bells and attended an all-day workshop presented by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. We have 2.5 octaves of bells. A standard bell choir has at least 3 octaves of bells. We have a membership goal of 11 ringers and to purchase the full 3rd octave in order to be able to play standard handbell music.
- Our choir library is quite extensive for a church our size, and there are still many opportunities to file and index this music.
- Chapel Choir members need more light! Several members of the Chapel Choir have expressed the need for better lighting in the sanctuary, particularly in the choir loft area.
- The Lent, Holy Week, and Pentecost festivals will soon be upon us. The Epiphany Young Singers is planning to sing with the Chapel Choir during holy week. The Chapel Choir will, once again, be taking on a rigorous practices schedule to make that time inspiring and uplifting. The handbell will join the Easter celebration with joyful ringing!
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Don Harris, Music Director and Organist