Now is the time to join our growing Music Ministry at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our ensembles include a 35-member SATB choir, a chorister choir for children from grades 2 through 7, and a three-octave bell choir featuring members consisting of many generations.

Our large mixed ensemble participates in the 10:15 AM, Rite Two, Holy Eucharist. The Music, Hymns, Responses, and Psalms are selected to highlight the Lectionary readings appointed for the day. Our Psalms are sung to Anglican Chant melodies, or Plain Song chant melodies. At various times throughout the year, the choir sings Evensong, and Compline services. At our Easter and Independence Day recognition services, the choir is joined by the Eastern Virginia Brass Ensemble. For Christmas Eve, the Cantilena String Quartet joins the choir for our celebration.

The choir has a long history of singing concerts that feature vocal soloists, and orchestral accompaniment. Works presented include Honegger’s King David, Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Puccini’s Messe de Gloria, W. A. Mozart’s Requiem, and J. F. Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Our choir has participated in two European pilgrimages:They rehearsed and sang in the Choral Festival in Innsbruck, Austria; The choir also participated in a British tour that included singing services at Great St. Mary’s Cambridge, England, and presenting concerts at Guilford and Salisbury Cathedrals in England.

The Royal School of Church Music, Voices for Life is the focus for teaching and learning for the Chorister Choir. Members participate regularly during the 10:15 AM service. At rehearsals we teach basic musicianship skills, including music reading, and vocal technique. The primary music literature focus is learning hymns, service music, and Psalms.

Our newest music ensemble is the Handbell ensemble. We have a 3-octave set of Malmark handbells and hand chimes. The bell choir is multigenerational, having members from ages 12 to 70+. Our repertoire consists of music and hymn arrangements rated in the Grade I or II category. This lively and fun-loving group plays about once per month at either the 8:00 AM or 10:15 service.

Our rehearsal schedule:

Chorister Choir Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, September through May

Adult Choir Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:45 PM,

and Sundays from 9:15 to 10:00 AM

Handbell Choir Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, September through May

Summer Music Camp

In the Summer at Eastern Shore Chapel, we offer a week-long Summer Music Camp at the beginning of August. At camp, children from Grade 2 – Grade 7 are welcome. We have a varying curriculum that includes musicianship skills, vocal technique, handbell and chime instruction, anthem learning, physical education, and of course snacks. The camp is open to any child from any denomination in the Tidewater area.

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