Community Church Choir
The Community Church Choir is the flagship choir of the church, and is open to all adults, regardless of previous vocal training. The music is generally in the SATB style (soprano, alto, tenor and bass, i.e. four part harmony), so some familiarity with reading music is helpful, but not necessary. MP3 audio files are often posted, with each part emphasized, to help in learning the notes. If the level of commitment of difficulty seems like more than you’re looking for, there’s also the Community Church Singers, which rehearses and sings at services less often, and sings less complex vocal arrangements. You can find out more by clicking HERE.
The Community Church Choir sing for Sunday services from August through May, generally singing for both services twice a month. Currently active participation is at 28-35 singers.
Material covers a wide variety of musical styles, and is always matched with the service topic. In this past church year, for instance, the Community Church Choir has performed:
“Wipip!,” written in 2009 by Sydney Guillaume, a Haitian composer
“Magnificat” by J. S. Bach, performed with a 15 piece chamber ensemble
“Take Down These Walls,” a gospel-tinged song by Brian Tate
“The Promise of Living” from the opera “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland
“Hope” by Ysaye Barnwell of “Sweet Honey in the Rock”
“Even When He Is Silent,” written in 2011 by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen
“Quiet” by Connie Lim, AKA “Milck,” which became famous from the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2016
“When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich” from the musical “Finian’s Rainbow,” by Burton Lane and E. Y. Harburg.
Depending on interest and availability, someone a Chamber Choir is created from members of the full choir, usually to sing an especially complex choral piece. The Chamber Choir rehearses after the full choir rehearsals, and sings no more than 3-4 times a year. Chamber Choir pieces in the past have included:
“Sleep” by Eric Whitacre
“Song of Kabir” by Elizabeth Alexander
“American Tune” by Paul Simon, arr. by Glenn Mehrbach
Contact music director Glenn Mehrbach (email@example.com) for more details on the Community Church Choir or Chamber Choir.
Singing the National Anthem at the DBAP
for a Durham Bulls game