"Canticum Ecclesiae," is Latin for, "The Song of the Church."
I am looking for a few choristers to sing for the small church I help lead. At first we will prepare music primarily for high holy days such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, but we can add other Sundays if the group would like to sing more. I am particularly looking for individuals who are familiar with a-capella sacred music. Along with anthems by Tallis, Palestrina, Handel, Vaughan Williams, and similar, we will be chanting canticles and psalms. Look up Kings College choir on youtube for an idea of some of the music that we will be singing.
Requirements: - You love the great choral tradition of the church or desire to learn about it - You are high school age or older (perhaps some exceptions made for mature middle-school students) - You have some experience singing or perhaps just have a good clear singing voice - You can commit to Tuesday practices from 7:00 -9:00 pm and perhaps a Saturday here or there - You can commit to attending at various worship services when we sing (typically during the holidays) - You don't have to be a Christian, but are open (or at least not hostile) to Christianity. Please be aware that your singing will help lead others in worship.
I don't imagine the focus of this group to be performance per se, but it would be nice to sing occasionally for retirement homes, etc.
About me: I am a competent amateur singer who had the privilege of singing with a church choir for a few years. I found it to be both a blessing for those who attended services and a very formative and spiritually enriching experience for myself.
About the congregation: We will be singing for Christ Our Savior Anglican Church in Old Town Torrance. This is a small and traditional parish. See www.costorrance.com
Finally: Life is hectic. We all seem to be rushing around. We are busy and harried. Instead of the craziness, let us dedicate some of our time to lifting our voices up to God bringing the beauty of music to our community, our friends, and our families. No doubt we ourselves will be uplifted and encouraged as well.