Music is a big part of our worship at CELC. Various choirs/ensembles and individuals provide the music for most worship services. New members are welcome in any choir or ensemble! Contact us if you would like to share your musical gifts!
The Parish Choir is a traditional vocal choir for mixed voices. This choir provides music for worship two times a month, for Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and other special events. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 and is directed by Brandy Aguirre.
The Men’s Choir is a traditional vocal choir for men. This choir sings for worship two times a month, for Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and other special events. Under the direction of Brandy Aguirre, this choir rehearses every Wednesday at 6:30.
This vocal choir of mixed voices/choirs organized for special occasions such as Anniversary Sunday, Reformation Sunday, Easter Sunday, Music Sunday, and other events. This group rehearses as announced and is under the direction of Brandy Aguirre.
Parish Peal is the CELC bell and hand chime choir. They provide music during both services on the 3rd Sunday of every month, for Christmas Eve, Easter, and other services. The bells and chimes may be used as accompaniment for vocal choir anthems. Under the direction of Joanne Vasey, this group is a 5-octave handbell and 3-octave hand chime choir. Rehearsals take place every Monday at 7:30.
The Renew Ensemble is the contemporary
praise choir at CELC led by Amy Kenny. Providing music for both services on the 2nd Sunday of the month, the choir enjoys challenging themselves musically but, more importantly, they strive to make the worship services meaningful and up lifting. Several members also play instruments (guitar, strings, wind instruments, etc.) which are used to enhance the musical experience. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at 7:45.
The Children’s Ensemble at CELC is led by Brandy Aguirre. This group practices during
the Sunday School hour. Depending on the anthem, the Children’s Ensemble sings or plays color-coded handbells and/or rhythm instruments. This group sings monthly and for Christmas Eve, Festival Sundays, and other special times. All children are welcome to attend and participate in worship, regardless of rehearsals attended.
The Middle and High School youth can participate in the Youth Ensemble. This includes African Drumming and playing Orff instruments. This group rehearses during breaks during the Sunday School hour. The Youth Ensemble participates monthly in worship, at Christmas Eve, and at other times. Middle School and High School youth who sing, ring bells, or play an instrument are encouraged to participate in the other choirs and ensembles listed. This group is directed by Brandy Aguirre while assisted by Amy Kenny and Joanne Vasey.
Intergenerational and/or age-specific ensembles are organized for festivals and celebrations such as Reformation Sunday, Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday, Music Sunday, and other times. Rehearses are as announced. These groups include brass, strings, woodwinds, Orff, African Drumming, and more. Amy Kenny, Brandy Aguirre, and Joanne Vasey serve as directors for these ensembles.
At CELC there are many opportunities for Special Music. During the summer months and when choirs/ensembles are on break, musicians are needed to provide anthems. These may be vocal or instrumental. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Joanne Vasey coordinates the ministry of Special Music.