Epiphany is blessed to have two fine musicians at the helm of our music department: choir director, Melissa Driscole and organist (and pianist), Mary-Jo Cliff.
The adult choir practices on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays at 9:30 AM and sings those same Sundays at the 11 AM service. Additionally, Thursday evening practices are held as schedules allow. Melissa describes the choir's repertoire as encompassing "a wide variety of styles including motets by the master composers, arrangements of folk tunes and spirituals, and anthems by composers carrying on the tradition of church music in the present day."
New voices are always welcome!
The children who attend Junior Worship (aka Bird Church) comprise the Cherub Choir. Epiphany's choir director, Melissa Driscole, leads junior worship so music is a part of each Sunday. Special practices are held for performances during holiday services, Christmas pageants, and such. It is always a pleasure to experience the Cherub's joyful songs.
Each year during Christmas week, the choir heads up a multi-generational group of carolers who visit some of Epiphany's homebound parishioners, in Melissa's words, "filling their ears and hopefully hearts with the joyous sounds of Christmas Carols." The evening is always a special experience for all who participate. Anyone is welcome to join in. Check the parish calendar in December for the caroling date.
"Since our founding, music has played an important role in the life of this parish. In addition to the church's wonderful acoustics, Epiphany has may fine musical intsruments, which are frequently used in programs and services. The nine foot Sohmer & Co. grand piano has been a part of the Epiphany life for as long as members can remember. Carl Wilhelm, builder of our current organ, informed me that our beloved virtuoso, Richard Barshinger, contacted him and they met and designed the organ from scratch specifically to fit the dimensions of that area of the church. It was completed in 1989. The Frances Bacon upright piano, donated by Barbara Castanzo, adds a huge element to Sunday services. It is marvelous when our talented parishioners bring their instruments to fill our ears and hearts. Our handbells and chimes are ready to go at a moments notice." - exerpted from the 2019 Annual Meeting Music Department report by Melissa Driscole, choir director.