St. Augustine said that “singing is praying twice.” At Christ Church Bronxville we celebrate the gift of music in our lives and its ability to open us up to the holy. It transforms us and transcends our daily lives. Our choirs lift up our congregation, and are lifted themselves, through the tremendous gift of making music in God’s name.
You can register online for the Christ Church Choir, Schola, Parish Choir & Handbell Choir below
(Register for Young at Arts, our after school performing arts program, at www.youngatartsny.org.)
Our parish has an extraordinary choral and musical lineage. We know how important music is. So in order to offer each and every child the opportunity to experience the joy of singing God’s praises in church, we are fully integrating music into the Church School curriculum. As soon as they gather, at 9:55, the children will learn new songs and sing some of their favorites. They will then transition to their Bible lesson for the day. Each Fourth Sunday, starting in October, every child will dress in choir vestments (red or black depending on their age), process, and sing an anthem, the hymns and service music. They will lead worship. The older Children (2nd through 6th grades) will remain for the whole service. The Godly Play children will leave for a lesson and then return to join their parents at Communion. Click here to read a letter from the Rector regarding the Children’s Choir.
In addition to the music made in Church School, we also have some children who want to sing even more, and make an additional commitment. For them – unchanged voices in grades 3 – 8, we have an expanded offering. Each Wednesday, from 4:00-5:00pm, that group will gather in the choir room for extra rehearsal time and supplemented repertoire, skill development in sight-singing and pitch recognition, and introductory music theory through games and activities. This group, now called (Schola) will also have the opportunity to be leaders of the Children’s Choir on Fourth Sundays.
The Christ Church Choir (Adults)
This gifted and dedicated group offers their time and talent to the CCBNY community, particularly as leaders in worship. They sing a wide variety of music from Renaissance polyphony to modern compositions. The Choir leads the Sunday 10:00 a.m. services, with extra music offerings, especially during Advent, Christmas and Easter. The choral season runs from September through May and includes weekly evening rehearsals on Wednesdays. During the summer session, there are no weekday rehearsals. Seasonal highlights often include two concerts, which are presented by the Choir as well as professional instrumentalists. Evensong is offered every fourth Sunday at 5:00pm. There are 9 staff singer positions within the approximately 20 members of the Christ Church Choir. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from 7 -9 p.m.
Periodically through the year volunteers gather to enjoy the choir experience without making a weekly commitment. The Parish Choir will next sing on Sunday, November 8th at the 10 a.m. service. Please join the Christ Church Choir rehearsal on Wednesday, November 4th and email Philip Stopford so he can prepare music for you.
This dedicated ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings, 7-8 p.m., and is directed by Deborah Cook. They play several times each year in church and add a new dimension of sound to worship. As with all of our musical groups, the Handbell Ringers welcome anyone to participate, although prior experience with reading music is helpful. Christ Church Bronxville has three octaves of Malmark Handbells and 3 octaves of Malmark Chimes as a part of our collection of musical instruments. This semester the Handbell Choir will perform at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, October 18th, Sunday, November 22nd and Sunday, December 13th.
Check out videos below and on our YouTube Channel
Casavant Frère’s Opus 3878
The Right Reverend Mark Sisk, Bishop of New York, dedicated the current instrument at a service of Solemn Evensong on January 31, 2010. A dedicatory recital was given on May 7 by concert organist Ken Cowan, who lauded the organ as “truly inspiring”.
The final design of Casavant Frère’s Opus 3878 encompasses a 3,792 pipe, 65 rank four-manual organ in the front of the church, and a smaller Antiphonal division in the gallery, devised to complement the main organ in the support of hymn singing. The Swell and Solo divisions of the main organ are enclosed, making theirvolume adjustable through the manipulation of shades in front of the pipes. It was initially hoped that the Positiv division would serve as a third enclosed division, but it was determined that doing so would not allow for the egress of sound needed from pipes located in more remote sections of the chamber. Read more about our organ.
Before leaving for Christ Church Cranbrook in Birmingham, MI Christopher Wells completed the construction and installation of a new antiphonal console. Through a partnership with SSOS, the antiphonal console offers myriad options for the church – creating new opprtunities for the choirs, for accompaniment and for concerts.
Christ Church maintains 4 grand pianos for rehearsal and performance use – 3 Steinways and 1 Yamaha.
Hanbells and Timpani
The parish owns three octaves of Malmark Handbells and 3 octaves of Malmark Chimes as a part of our collection of musical instruments. Recently the church gratefully received a donation allowing us to purchase a set of timpani.