Our Music Ministry includes several established, ongoing music groups, as well as occasional ensembles for special occasions.  Some of the vocal groups perform during special occasions such as during Advent and Easter.  When the regular choirs are off for the summer, special groups perform during the worship service.

Special Music

Summer – Special Music

While Chancel Choir is on break, special music for worship includes solos and ensembles from the music department, as well as appearances from guest musicians.  Treble and Tenor/Bass choirs sing a couple of times each, and the congregation is treated to vocal duets and solos by our talented roster of singers.

Advent Cantata

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, Francesco Durante’s Magnificat, 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, and most recently, Vivaldi’s Gloria in D, the latter being performed on December 23, 2018 during the 11:00 am worship service.

Christmas Eve

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.