The Chancel Choir is a warm musical family that provides music for the 11am worship service at Metropolitan. They sing a full range of music from 16th century European motets to 19th century romantic composers to classic spirituals to 21st-century new works. They sing quiet a cappella anthems and masterworks for a large chorus, orchestra, and organ. The choirmaster, Bruce Caviness, has been choosing music for the choir library for 30 years. The choir comprises multiple generations and quite a variety of vocations. Many long-lasting friendships (and more than a few marriages!) have been formed among choir members.
Choir voices vary from beginners to longtime choristers to the four professional section leaders/soloists. All you need is to love to sing—you will learn the rest. Except for the professionals, no one has to audition. The choir typically has 25 to 30 singers and rehearses the first Thursday after Labor Day through the last Sunday in June. Weekly rehearsals are 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Thursday nights in the Music Room and 9:45am in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings, unless otherwise announced. Extra rehearsals may be held for special services or events, such as Christmas Eve, Easter, and concerts.
If you are interested in joining the Chancel Choir or would like to learn more, please contact Bruce Caviness.
Choir Members, click here for the Chancel choir notes page.
Did You Know?
The Chancel Choir purple robes, or albs, which were made by J.W. Wippell and Co., Ltd., of Exeter, England were selected in 1988 to complement the sanctuary’s needlework reredos.