The music program features an all-volunteer Chancel Choir and several choirs for children and youth. The Chancel Choir sings a diverse selection of anthems, emphasizing European and classical music but extending well into contemporary, gospel, spiritual, and non-European Christian works.
The music program’s endowment funds allow for use of paid instrumentalists for extended works
(e.g., Handel’s Messiah Part I), anthems accompanied by organ and instrument, and special programs like the Church’s annual Moravian Lovefeast.
The five children and youth choirs represent a significant expansion of the music program in recent years, consistent with the Church’s increased emphasis on ministry to youth.
The children’s music ministry nurtures musical literacy and familiarity with worship practices so that our children grow to be active participants in worship. Through this ministry, our children develop as singers and musicians, and learn about the heritage of our hymns, the liturgical year, and Christian symbolism.
The Youth Choir draws its membership from the church’s youth, ranging from grades 6-12. The Youth Choir sings in worship six to eight times per year and occasionally sings with the Chancel Choir. This group learns a diverse selection of songs, from European classical music to gospels and spirituals.
The Chancel Choir is the principal choir that regularly sings in worship throughout the year. With approximately 20 to 25 adult singers, the Chancel Choir enhances worship at Watts Street by providing introits; anthems; and, on occasion, extended musical pieces drawing from diverse musical traditions.