Music Opportunities for 2017-2018:

Grade Two - High School (voices unchanged)

The St. Cecilia Choir rehearsals are fun and musically challenging. We rehearse each Wednesday from 5:00-5:45pm. A regular commitment to attend rehearsals is expected. In addition to preparing anthems, we learn the music of the church through the singing of hymns and liturgy. There is an intentional focus on serving the church, and ministering to our church family and community through our music. Directors for this group are Randolph James and Angee McKee. This outstanding, energetic choir sings for Sunday morning worship at 9:00 or 11:00 approximately five times during the church year. They lead worship at the 5:00pm Christmas Eve service each year. Check the current schedule for exact dates. Our singers learn challenging treble music, sing in harmony, build music literacy skills, sing hymns and descants, and learn to sing with a beautiful tone. An important part of our time together is spent learning the Episcopal liturgy and following the liturgical seasons. Come, join our exciting children’s music program at Church of the Ascension. We welcome all singers between the ages of 7 – 17 with unchanged voices. Contact Randolph James at if you would like to become a part of this musical community. You’ll always have supportive friends, and you will sing your faith the rest of your life!

The staff and volunteers of Music here at Episcopal Church of the Ascension are pleased to present the various opportunities that will be offered during the forthcoming year.

Our ensembles have been formed to meet the diverse needs of this growing parish. There is something for almost everyone!

Please take a few moments to review the various offerings, carefully considering where you, your family, and friends might volunteer time and talents.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Randolph James.

Detail of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music from the church of St Sepulchre in the City of London. Photo taken in 2008 by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. Creative Commons License

for High School, College Age and Adults

An audition should be arranged for new choristers. This ensemble sings the office of Compline at 8pm in Advent and Lent on Sunday evenings. Rehearsals precede the service at 6pm. There is a required additional two-hour rehearsal the Sunday before. The Schola is open to men and women of Ascension and the community at large who read music extremely well and are interested in the simple beauty of plainsong.

for High School, College Age and Adults

An interview should be arranged for new choristers. This choir sings at the 11am Sunday Eucharist and, in addition, at services of Solemn Evensong, Epiphany Lessons and Carols, Concerts, and Diocesan Festivals and Services. The repertoire is ambitious, and a minimum of four hours per week is asked. Those interested in participating in this choir need not be accomplished or “professional” singers; a trained “solo” voice is not always conducive to a good choral ensemble sound. A musical background, ability to sight-read, as well as strong commitment to attendance are the requirements for membership. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:15 – 8:45pm, Sundays at 10am, and always one to two hours before Evensong or Concerts, August – June.

PSALLITE ET GAUDETE! (Sing and Rejoice!)
Music at Ascension

Psallite et Gaudete! is the name for the Ascension series of musical events. The series will feature The Department of Music in services of Solemn Evensong, Compline, Epiphany Lessons and Carols, and possibly Sunday afternoon concerts with a chamber orchestra. Other events will include concerts by artists from around town as well as choral/instrumental ensembles on tour. Funding for this series comes directly from individual contributions. All events in this series are open to the public and free of charge, unless otherwise noted. A separate brochure more fully describes the events of this series.

For all ages

Volunteers are needed in the areas listed below. Please indicate where you would like to help.

  • Ushering for Music events

  • Vestment Guild

  • Publicity or other promotion of Music events

  • Music Office/Music Library work

  • Organizing and/or preparing dinners or receptions.

For further information or to arrange auditions/interviews, please call Randolph S. James, Organist and Director of Music, at 770.382.2626, ext. 12.