ANNUAL REPORT - 2021
Music Ministry continued to carry on during the pandemic, but with fewer participants. A special type of singer’s mask was used through part of the year, in order to protect against aerosols produced by singing.
Our vocal quartet, including Pamela Miller, Nana Hosmer Griffin, Isaac Boulter (sometimes substituted by Roberto Flores) and Ken Wilson rehearsed every Tuesday evening and sang each Sunday morning. They sang a Compline service, Palm Sunday Celtic and Maundy Thursday services. Brass also joined them for the online Easter service.
The full Chancel Choir returned in August and had a retreat at Lake Logan that month. Joyce Guyer presented workshops on vocal technique to help the choir return to singing.
The choir sang an Evensong service in October. On November 7, they premiered a new composition entitled, “As from the power of sacred lays” written by Stephen Tappe in memory of Ed Thornhill, III. The piece was commissioned by an anonymous donor. They will sing a Lessons and Carols service and Christmas Eve, both with brass quartet.
The Handbell Choir met with each ringer at a personal music stand, distanced 6’ and wearing a mask. Members of the choir through the year were: John Bordley, Jan Hildebrand, Marie Woodard, Cynthia Bright Kahn, Connie Wilson, Judy Domer, Frances Smyth, Corkie Morrill and Byron Ellen Shaw.
Children’s Choir resumed in October, with the hope that vaccinations would soon become available for children. They met outside, focusing on music theory and carefully singing at a safe distance.
“Music for the soul” was posted online from time to time, highlighting some of our local musicians. Live Advent Recitals will be presented by Tate Addis, organ; Leslie Welker, flute; and Andy Jurik, guitar.
Instrumentalists and soloists provided music for Celtic worship services, as usual.
Sharon C Boone
Music Director and Organist