Our Musicians

There is a combination of both sung and instrumental musical offerings during the worship service.  Worship participants are typically invited to sing 2-3 hymns interspersed throughout the service.  There is a time of choir anthems or special musical offerings by soloists during most services.  At special times, children of the congregation are invited to share their musical talents as a prelude or within the worship service.

· Chancel Choir

picture2From September through May, adults and high school students sing a variety of music from Baroque to Contemporary for the 10:00 service. Standard anthems comprise the basic repertoire and on special occasions the choir presents works such as Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” Ray’s “Gospel Mass,” Thompson’s “Frostiana,” and Christmas Cantatas by John Leavitt, Daniel Pinkham, Christmas Choruses from “Messiah,” and others.

An annual highlight is the Mardigras service on the Sunday prior to Lent which features music by the choir and jazz ensemble, interwoven with the spoken word of scripture and special readings.

The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM

· Children’s Choir

This children’s choir for ages beginning at Preschool, sings frequently for church services during the school year. The choir rehearses at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. Karmen Gusa currently directs this choir.  To join, speak to Karmen or just show up at rehearsal in the Chapel!

· Bell Choir

picture3The church uses a four-octave set of English handbells from Malmark to enhance its ministry.  Ringers meet for rehearsal on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.  The Bell Choir rings during the worship service about once per month, but less frequently during the summer months.  In addition, as an outreach ministry, the choir provides a service during the Christmas season at the Federal Medical Center and rings at Rochester’s Natvity event and on other invited occasions.  Karmen Gusa directs.  Individuals wishing to explore the bells and/or become a bell choir substitute should contact Karmen.

· Youth Bell Choir

A youth bell choir is also a regular contributor to the Sunday worship service during the school year.  Typically, members are youth in 6th grade and above. Rehearsals are Sundays at 11:15 am. Karmen Gusa directs.  Youth wishing to participate in the bell choir are invited to contact Karmen.

All of the choirs participate in services for at community events.

Instrumentalists also provide music of various kinds. Currently a brass ensemble lends a festive dimension to regular Sundays, Christmas and Easter times. Other musical members share their skills and talents as well.

OUR INSTRUMENTS

picture4Our church is blessed to have wonderful instruments, thanks to the generous and continued support of members who appreciate the many aspects and components of music.

· The Sanctuary organ is a three manual Reuter instrument, installed in 1990, with an addition installed in 2003. With the 554 new pipes, the total adds up to 2156 pipes. With a pedal board of 32 notes, 53 draw knobs for 35 ranks along with 16 intermanual/pedal couplers and 6 intramanual couples, there are many possible combinations. The South Eastern Minnesota chapter of American Guild of Organists has used this organ for various chapter recitals and student organ camp.

· The Chapel organ was built as a prototype by General Electro Musical Products of Italy for debut at the 1992 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Atlanta. It is a three-manual and pedal instrument of digitally sampled sounds taken from a number of historic European organs. It is a gracious gift and generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Merrill N. Davis III.

· A Steinway grand piano adds another dimension to keyboard music from classical to jazz genres.

· Pianos are available in several classrooms for use in Sunday School and other activities.

Because of the quality instruments and satisfying acoustics, the sanctuary is often chosen by student and professional musicians to present concerts and recitals.

For more information contact the church office:
(507)289-4581 or church@congoroch.org