Choir Programs for Adults
Music is an integral part of worship at All Saints. We believe St. Augustine’s quote “To sing is to pray twice.”
At the 11:00 service, the Adult Choir provides the foundation for congregational singing of traditional hymns from The Hymnal 1982 and provides beautiful offertory anthems whose texts and tunes have stood the test of time as well as anthems that employ a new, fresh, and thoughtful reflection on the text while maintaining musical integrity. We welcome all skill levels and experience into the Adult Choir, as one of our goals is to be a reflection of God’s kingdom. All are welcomed, all are loved!
At the 5:30 service, musicians of a less formal stripe lead the congregation in songs largely from the Alleluia III songbook that grew out of the Alabama Cursillo movement. A typical Sunday might feature music leader Randolph Horn on mandolin or guitar, another guitarist or two, maybe a stand-up bass player, and a song leader (singer). These volunteer groups play together roughly once a month. There is always room for other musicians to join in the fun!
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Organist and Choir Director Melanie Couch, (205) 769-3187.
The adult choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. service on Sundays (September through June) and rehearses Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 8:45 (September through May). The choir loves to sing together, enjoy fellowship together, and most importantly serve God together. We are made up of and welcome a wide range of musical abilities. We sing a broad spectrum of beautiful traditional church music anthems and also include an occasional Choral Evensong and major work with orchestra during the year. We begin each year with a choir retreat held at Camp McDowell in late August. We hold and annual choir bbq, which serves as a fundraiser for the music fund and also provides a parish-wide event.
Musicians and vocalists provide music in support of the 5:30 p.m. service on Sundays. The 5:30 musicians need additional instrumentalists or vocalists to play or lead singing one Sunday a month. Volunteers have the opportunity to join existing teams of experienced musicians or to form a new group.
Youth Music Program
Do you have a child who loves music? We have music programs serving babies through high schoolers. All are invited to serve God in His church by offering special music for some of our services during the year.
The Little Lambs is a class for parents and children (ages “walking one” through three) that meet to make music together. We will experience the basic building blocks of music through songs that explore and reflect our Christian faith. We will play simple instruments, dance, and have FUN! This group meets Wednesdays from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the children’s choir room. Space is limited to 12 children.
Good Shepherd Choir
The Good Shepherd Choir is for children four years old through first grade and meets Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. in the children’s choir room. During this time we will joyfully sing and dance as we learn new songs, with a focus on a love of music and an introduction to participation in worship through music. Children will enjoy simple instrument play, movement, correct singing technique, and will work toward basic music competence. The children will sing choral introits before the 11:00 service a few times a year, as well as present special music for the Advent Lessons and Carols service in December and participate in a concert or musical in the spring.
The All Saints’ Children’s Choir is for boys and girls in grades 2–6 and meets Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the children’s choir room. We will sing more challenging pieces, focusing on good technique and basic musicianship skills. The Children’s Choir sings about one Sunday a month during the school year, and they will present special music for the Advent Lessons and Carols service in December and participate in a concert or musical in the spring.
The All Saints’ Youth Choir is open to boys and girls ages 11 and up (by Sept. 1). This group meets in the children’s choir room on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. Building on previously learned skills, this group will sing more difficult pieces, but all singers are welcome regardless of experience. The Youth Choir will sing throughout the year at various services and outings, including a special Taizé service in November, Advent Lessons and Carols service in December, a birthday party at Episcopal Place in March, and a musical or concert in May.
This offering is open to all children ages 9 and up (by Sept. 1), and meets Wednesdays from 7:00 to 7:45 in the children’s choir room. We will learn to enhance our worship music through playing Orff instruments (xylophones), percussion, hand bells, and recorders. No previous experience is necessary, but ability to read music is helpful. Come make a joyful noise!