Music & the Arts
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Music at the Advent

The Episcopal Church of the Advent is committed to providing a world-class music program for its parishioners and the community at large. Music is used to unite the congregation in song, and to enable parishioners to use their God-given gifts by offering several choral and instrumental groups.  There are periodic special services and concerts throughout the year, to which everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Concerts and Special Services

All in-person services and gatherings have been suspended through at least July 31. Please join us for worship at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings: http://churchofadvent.org/worshiponline. The carillon is played at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays.

Musical Offerings

The Musical Ensembles at the Church of the Advent

The Episcopal Church of the Advent is committed to providing a world class music program for its parishioners and the community at large. Music is used to unite the congregation in song, and to enable parishioners to use their God-given gifts by offering several choral and instrumental groups. Since 2003, the music program has grown to EIGHT groups for people ages 4 to 104. All of these ensembles strive for excellence in their ministries, and making a joyful noise unto God! The ensembles meet in the choir room upstairs in Pendleton Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

Choirs

The St. Cecilia Schola is the adult choir that sings for the 10:15 a.m. service. It is a merger of the St. Cecilia (former 9 a.m. adult) and Advent Schola (former 11:15 a.m. adult) choirs. It also sings classical masterworks (e.g. Handel, Mozart, Brahms) and occasional sings large-scale works (e.g. Cantata No. 140 – “Sleepers wake” by J.S. Bach). The St. Cecilia Schola is welcome to singers aged 18 and up of all levels. No audition is required; just a desire to make a joyful noise. This ensemble meets on Wednesdays between 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.


The Youth Choir is for children grade 6 through 12, and continues the RSCM curriculum established in the junior choir. The music remains in the Anglican cathedral tradition and the music is more challenging. Youth Choir members get opportunities to sing with the adult choirs. This ensemble meets on Sundays between 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.


The Junior Choir is for children grades 2-5, and prepares them to lead the singing in worship. The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) program from England serves as a model for this choir. The children learn how to read and write music and understand the format of an Episcopal service. This group meets on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m.


The Angel Choir is for children in grades K-1. The children learn good singing techniques and memorize age-appropriate songs that get to be heard in front of the congregation. The children also play games, play instruments, and learn about the liturgical year. This group meets on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. in Room 106 of the Parish and Community Life Center.

The Cherub Choir
is for 4-year olds, and is most likely a child’s introduction to a choir. Children sing songs, play games, and get time on the playground. They sing in church twice a year, once at Christmas and once at Easter. The Cherub choir meets on Thursdays @ 8:30 a.m. in Room 106 of the Parish and Community Life Center. Often children enrolled in the Advent Children’s Center participate in this choir.

 

Instrumental Groups

Gabriel’s Instruments is for anyone age 13 and up who’d like to play his/her instrument in church. The music is never too difficult, but participants should have at least one year of playing their instruments before joining. “Gabriel’s” meets on Sunday between 4 and 4:30 p.m., although this time is flexible.

The Advent ‘Toners is the church’s hand bell ensemble. Anyone age 13 and up is welcome to join. Absolutely no musical experience is necessary; all you need to do is be able to count to four and recognize shapes. The ‘Toners play once a month and meet on Thursdays between 6:00 and 6:45 p.m.

The Carilloneurs Guild provides bell pealing in the Cleveland Memorial Tower before and after church services. No musical experience is necessary, but you should be able to negotiate stairs and be willing to use your fists to make the bells sound. The carilloneurs are also called upon to play for weddings and funerals. No meeting time is scheduled for this group; call Brennan Szafron to join, and training will be provided.

To sign up, or to inquire about the music program, please call Brennan Szafron at 504-3694, or email him at bszafron@churchofadvent.org.   

Welcome

141 Advent Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone 864-585-2268
Fax 864-585-2202


 

Sunday Schedule 
7:45am
Holy Eucharist Rite I


9:00am
Holy Eucharist Rite II

10:10am
Sunday School 

11:15am
Holy Eucharist Rite I or II (alternating


Weekday Services | Olney Chapel 

Monday-Friday 8:15am  Morning Prayer
Tuesday  5:30pm - Holy Eucharist and Healing Service
Thursday 12:15pm - Holy Eucharist and Healing Service

 



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