MUSIC AT CHRIST CHURCH
Music is central to the worship life of Christ Church.
The music program at Christ Church is varied and presently includes traditional organ and choral music, a handbell choir, a contemporary music ensemble, and a concert series featuring our Létourneau pipe organ.
Christ Church Chorale
The adult choir rehearses on
Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in the choir room, and
sings regularly at 11:00 a.m. traditional Sunday
service. The Chorale leads the worshiping Christ Church
community in the singing of hymns and liturgical
music. Highlights of the choir season include special
holiday presentations before the Christmas Eve Eucharist
and during Holy Week services. In spring the Chorale
also performs a Mass with soloists and chamber orchestra
during the liturgical service. The Chorale is open to
all persons 16 and over without an audition.
The Praise Team rehearses on
Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. and leads the worship music for the 9:00 a.m. Sunday contemporary service.
Kendzior or Bill
Holt for more information..
Jubilate Handbell Choir
The Jubilate Bell Choir began in 1989 with the gift of three octaves of Schulmerich handbells by parishioner, Dr. Betty G. Odell. Shortly thereafter, a three octave set of choir chimes was purchased, providing additional color and variety to our musical
offerings. The handbell choir rehearses weekly, September through May, and
performs at the 11:00 a.m. service on the first Sunday of each
month. Special music for Christmas Eve and Easter and other festival
services is also provided. New ringers are always welcome–teenagers to adults. No experience is necessary, although it is helpful if you can read simple musical rhythms.
For information, Cecilia
3-manual, 68-stop Létourneau pipe organ, Op. 96 (2007),
is widely acknowledged to be the finest instrument in
southwest Florida and one of the premier instruments in
the southeastern United States. Weekly worship
services at Christ Church are enriched by this wonderful
instrument. The organ is at the core of Christ Church's
well-rounded and comprehensive music program and concert
series. Christ Church also has a smaller organ in the Chapel, Op. 18A, built by Dan Jaeckel of Duluth, MN.