Summer – Special Music
While Chancel Choir is on break, music for worship includes soloists and ensembles from the music department, as well as appearances from guest musicians. The Treble Chorale and Tenor/Bass choirs each present music 2-3 times during the summer.
During late Advent, the Chancel Choir presents a cantata, accompanied by a chamber ensemble. In recent years the choir has performed Bach’s Uns Ist Ein kind Geboren, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies, Christmas in the Southwest, Kim André Arnesen’s Christmas Alleluias, works by Joel Raney and a variety of modern-era anthems, Vivaldi’s Gloria in D, and Francesco Durante’s Magnificat, the latter being performed on December 15, 2019.
Special music is part of the Christmas Eve Service. Anthems and hymns are coordinated with a unique script read by COGS members, portraying the Christmas story. Set in our beautifully decorated sanctuary, the result is a cohesive worship service that was inspiring to all the senses.
Easter is a musical occasion at the Church of the Good Shepherd. With Chancel Choir, Joyful Noise Bell Choir, brass, strings, piano and organ, and exuberant congregational hymns, the atmosphere resounds with jubilation. Traditionally, opening the service is a lovely and moving anthem, “Woman, why are you crying” scored for soloists, choir, violin, and piano. Written by Fran Clark, composer-in-residence, the work beautifully depicts followers being greeted at the tomb by the risen Christ, setting a powerful beginning for the joy to come.