As we are not able to safely make a joyful noise unto the Lord in the form of choir and congregational singing per Diocesan Guidelines in response to COVID-19, we have been exploring other ways to praise God with music in the months ahead. Please read through these new programs and explore your own possible participation.
6:30-8:00 pm in Parish Hall, Thursdays – We are initiating a handbell chorus with the hope of playing our first piece for Christmas! Rehearsals will be socially distanced in the Parish House. Participants must wear masks and handbell gloves. (Handbell gloves will be provided.) This group welcomes participants aged high school and beyond. Nichi Brindza, Vocal and Handbell Director, will be leading this group, and is shaping a handbell program appropriate during COVID-19. Reading music is helpful, although not required. To sign up, please complete this form.
Nichi Brindza, Vocal & Handbell Director, sings hymns during Sunday worship. Congregational singing and choral singing is not currently permitted at worship.
15 minute vocal lesson, schedule varies – The music program at St. Andrew’s will offer vocal lessons one-on-one via Zoom with Nichi Brindza, Vocal & Handbell Director, for those involved in the music program or those who desire to be involved (3rd grade and older). To sign up, please complete this form.
The Worship Band will continue to rehearse and offer music in a modified manner.
ROYAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC (YOUTH)
5:15-6 pm on Zoom, Wednesdays – All children and youth in grades 3-8 who desire to learn about music are invited into this exceptional program we’ve been utilizing with the Herald Choir for three years. This program will be facilitated on Zoom by Hannah Graham, Director of Christian Formation, and Nichi Brindza, Vocal & Handbell Director. To sign up, please complete this form.
Our youngest group of musicians, Joyful Noise (grade K – 2), rely on in-person play and participation, which is not something we can offer given our current situation. Joyful Noise will be on hiatus until further notice.
These adaptations will allow us to honor the values of our music program, which include participation throughout the congregation, expanding ways to worship and honor God, developing competence and confidence in musicians of all ages and backgrounds, and engaging people through experiences of celebration, quiet contemplation, catharsis, and beauty.