Music is a vital ministry to the parishioners of St. James’. With a powerful organ and the voices of believers echoing through the sanctuary, it’s hard not to feel connected to our Lord. We have a dedicated Chancel Choir that sings at the 10 AM service on Sundays, as well as many special services throughout the year. The youth/children’s choir practices regularly and performs during church service several times per year. There is also a 14-piece hand bell choir that rings regularly, including joining other bell choirs in Connecticut. St. James’ has a carillon in the bell tower—the first complete carillon forged in the United States, and hosts a Carillon Concert Series every summer. We have guest soloists, instrumentalists, and various performances throughout the year. In 2018, there was a Bach to Broadway concert in June, and singers from St. Petersburg, Russia, in November. In the summer of 2018, we ran Camp Jubilee, where children participated in singing, playing, theatre, and arts and crafts. A new initiative in 2019 is the Red Door Concert series, where guest musicians are invited to utilize St. James’ incredibly acoustic sanctuary for concerts.
Praise the LORD.Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Psalm 150:1-5
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Chancel Choir: High School - Adult This choir is the main choir for the 10:00 AM service on Sundays. It is not necessary to be able to read music. Rehearsals: Sundays 9:20 AM and Thursdays 7:30- 9:00 PM.
Church School Choristers Church School Choristers was formed in the Spring of 2016. This group of Church School children meets for 20 minutes following the 10 AM worship service for a few weeks before their scheduled Sunday to sing at the 10 AM worship service. They sing 4-6 times throughout the school year. Leaders: Joanne Archibald.
St. James' Ringers: High School - Adult Our hand bell choir rehearses weekly and plays at the 10 AM service about 6 times a year. Rehearsals: Sundays 11:15 AM
Musicians and Vocalists Throughout the year there are many opportunities for instrumentalists, soloists, and groups to share their talents. Please contact Joanne Archibald if you would like to contribute your talents!
Carillon We are looking for people to play the historic Ella S. Buckley Memorial Carillon. Lessons are provided to children and adults by Christel Davis. Basic music reading skills are needed.
Red Doors Concert Series We are excited to announce our new Concert Series. For more information Red Doors Concert Series.
Jubilation Camp Jubilation Music/Theatre Camp is usually held the week after July 4th. We look forward to seeing you in 2020. This is a morning camp for K-8th graders. Activities include theatre games and skits, arts and crafts, singing, and playing handbells and rhythm instruments. For more information and to register contact Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.