As a precautionary measure during the COVID-19 outbreak, parishes in the Diocese of Virginia – including Saint James’ – cancelled all in-person worship services and other communal activities. We are slowly re-introducing some in-person services and programming but most worship and learning programs remain virtual-only.
The Saint James’ choral experience is one of a strong community, music education and history, as well as leadership. The choir at Saint James’ is open to all skill levels and schedules. Each rehearsal dedicates time to train voices to sing and to read music. Additionally, the choir has numerous opportunities to sing even if dedicating every Thursday doesn’t fit your schedule. One of the most vital elements of church choirs is their role in worship. Aside from the choral anthem, the choir serves to lead and inspire congregational singing for all the hymns and service music. The music for worship is practiced and sung with the same intentionality as the choral music.
If your interest has been piqued, join us! There’s always an open spot in the choir.
The Saint James’ Children’s Choir is open to all children in grades one through five. The educational goals of this choir are to identify each child’s musical ability and grow it by learning music notation, how to use their voice effectively, grow in understanding their faith and how to share it through song, and develop a sense of leadership among their peers and as musical leaders in worship. Children have the option of meeting on Sundays at 11:45AM – 12:15PM or Tuesdays at 3:45PM – 4:15PM.
Those who do not sing or play an instrument can find an outlet in hand bells to celebrate their faith. When we began many, many years ago, several members could not read music, but their desire to express themselves overcame their reluctance to try, and today the hand bells choir performs challenging and inspiring music skillfully and prayerfully.