As a ministry within Holy Comforter Church, the Chancel Choir's mission is to help bring the word to light and to lift the spirit into God's presence. Fulfilling this mission entails maintaining the fine Episcopal music traditions in general, and those of Holy Comforter in particular, to which some current choir members have contributed for several years.
The choir season traditionally runs September through Pentecost, with weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. beginning in mid-August. On the first and third Sundays of each month, the choir assists in liturgical leadership during the 10:30 a.m. service, and occasionally sings on a fifth Sunday when it occurs on the calendar. During summer, the choir maintains a presence singing a simpler, more familiar and less formal selection of repertoire, rehearsing just prior to the service. Guest instrumentalists are sometimes invited to enhance the service. The repertoire covers a variety of styles and periods from early Renaissance to twentieth century contemporary works.
The Chancel choir maintains an active schedule joining with the Folk choir for the Easter Sunday Festival Eucharist, other major services, and special celebrations. Additionally, the choir sings for the Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Week services, and during the year presents a Lenten cantata, the Service of Evensong, and the Service of Lessons and Carols. For our community outreach, choir members sometimes join with the choirs of other congregations for hymn festivals and concerts.
All members of the choir are volunteer adults. There are no auditions, and an ability to read music is not a requirement, although the majority in each section sight-read very well. New members quickly learn how to follow a score. Interested members are invited to sing with the choir during summer, and to sign up for permanent membership during the Membership Fair in August.
The Chancel Choir requires Commitment, Dedication to the styles and music traditions we strive to uphold, and a Love of Singing for "We sing for the Joy of Singing."