The Grace Episcopal Church Adult Choir is both appreciated and loved by the congregation at large. Currently the Adult Choir is made up of 10 dedicated members—three sopranos, two altos, and five baritones and led by Choirmaster and Organist Sandra Allen who has trained, inspired and accompanied the choir since 1977.
In addition to leading the congregation in hymns and other service music, the Adult Choir sings a special anthem each Sunday and on special Holy Days from the month of September through Trinity Sunday, which is in May or June. We take a break from rehearsing and singing an anthem during the summer months, when Grace changes from two to one service each Sunday. The choir performs a wide range of musical styles from early composers such as Bach, Handel, and Haydn to 21st century composers.
Instrumentalists perform with the organ and sometimes the choir on Christmas and Easter and on other occasions. These instrumentalists, some of whom are congregation members, play flute, French horn, trumpet, or violin. Their special music enhances the music at Grace.
The choir meets each Wednesday night from 7:30-9:00 to prepare for music offerings for the upcoming Sunday and for special music for the Easter and Christmas seasons and other special days. The choir also celebrates its own ministry with a monthly birthday cake baked by choir member Maggi Odell.
Grace also had children’s choir for many years, directed by parishioner Leanne Peacock for 22 years. The children’s choir varies in membership with the ages of the children in the congregation. While it is not meeting at the present time, it will be started again when the current group of children are a little older.
New members are always very welcome in the music program at Grace—we are always grateful for those who would like to lend their talents to this ministry. If you would like to join the choir, please contact Sandra Allen at the church office or email.
Sandra – Music Director
Sandra has a Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Organ from Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She studied with Dr. Harald Rohlig both during college and after completing her undergraduate degree. She also studied with Warren Hutton at the University of Alabama. She has a Masters in Music Education for N-12th grade from Auburn University. Sandra attends the Sewanee Church Music Conference annually. Sandra also taught music at Dannelly Elementary School for 25 years and has taught piano and worked in churches for 54 years. Her breadth and depth of experience is complemented by her lively style and high energy.