Music is treasured by the Church of the Holy Spirit with most services having musical accompaniment on piano and organ. The choir’s singing of choral music old and new, psalm settings, spirituals, gospel, shape-note hymns, American traditional music, Taizé, and even some original pieces, is beloved.
Music Director, Erin Durrett, is the heart and soul of the choir program at Church of the Holy Spirit. On Sunday we have 8-10 singers in the choir at the 10:15 a.m. service and we welcome you to join us for one Sunday, one season, occasional Sundays, or every Sunday. Choir Practice begins at 9:15 a.m., Sunday morning, with another hour after the service, at noon, to rehearse music for future services. New members are always welcome.
At present, our choir is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.
We often have special music during worship. Whether you are an accomplished musician, a beginner, or in between, you are welcome to join in at Church of the Holy Spirit. As noted above, our music is selected from many different genres, and if you are not sure how you might contribute, our Music Director will let you know what is needed and how you can join the worship.
Over the last few years, the following instruments have been heard in our worship: guitar, dobro, harp, hand bells, flute, trombone, bagpipes, singing bowls and various percussion instruments.
At the Church of the Holy Spirit, many people make our music ministry happen.
Our principal church musician and accompanist is Laura Cerven, who plays the piano and our vintage tracker organ.
Robert Murano accompanies her and the choir on the Viola da Gamba, a medieval string instrument.
The members of the choir are a dedicated group of men and women. They know that the work of learning the music is worth it, and they share a good camaraderie.
Musical Styles and Hymnals
Our church uses three hymnals: the 1982 Hymnal; Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise, featuring hymns and service music composed since 1982; and Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal.
Special care is taken to make the music of the seasons of the church year distinct and characteristic.