Musical Offering

 
The Christ Church Choirs

The Christ Church Choirs

The Christ Church Choir

This group sings at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist each Sunday and at other significant worship services. Membership is open to all people with an interest in vocal music, with rehearsal each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and each Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.

The Compline Choir

In the 6th century St. Benedict of Nursia wrote a Rule of Life for his monastic order. At the heart of the Benedictine Rule was the Divine Office which marked each day with seven hours of prayer. The service of Compline was the last of those hours. And countless people have commended the close of each day to God with such prayers ever since.

Every Sunday evening at 6:45 a small, auditioned choir sings the office of Compline. This contemplative 15 – 20 minute service of chants and motets attracts 20somethings and 70somethings, musicians and listeners, all kinds of people who seek to begin each week with a prayerful end to Sunday.

Listen to the weekly Compline Podcast.

The Handbell Choir

This group rings occasionally at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Eucharist and on other special occasions. Membership in this choir is open to anyone, with rehearsal each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about any of our choirs contact Steve Bullock.

Our Organ

Our Organ

In 1989, Christ Church commissioned the Little Rock firm of Nichols & Simpson, Inc. to design and build an organ for our worship space. We asked that the organbuilders take into consideration our desire for an instrument capable of many varied functions: leading our Christian family in worship and hymn singing; accompanying choral groups and instrumental ensembles; and rendering a wide variety of recital literature. We also asked that the new instrument re-use much of the pipework from the church’s previous 1954 Moller organ designed by Ernest White.The resulting design was an organ of 63 ranks and 42 stops over three manuals and pedal. The console from which the organist plays the instrument is made of oak and burled walnut, with keys crafted of bone and rosewood. The visible façade of pipes on either side of the chancel is constructed of painted and polished zinc.

Since its completion in 1990, the Christ Church organ has been the vehicle for many organ programs of musical outreach. We offer a yearly series of recitals by artists from across the United States and abroad.The organ has been utilized annually by The Wildwood Festival for the Performing Arts and was featured during the Region VII Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The Christ Church instrument has been widely acclaimed by artists and listeners alike as one of the most beautiful and inspiring aspects of our church, as well as an outstanding example of the organbuilder’s art. Visit the builder’s web site here.