The music ministry of Redeemer Church
Organist, Becky Smith
Cantor/Choir Director, Bill Smith
We have a regular choir practice schedule - every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:00 unless otherwise announced. This gives everyone a little time between choir practice and church to relax a bit, have a cup of coffee, and "robe up". We welcome any and all who like to sing.
You don't have to be a trained singer to sing in our church choir. Trained voices can make a poor choir because they will have forgotten how to blend together. The best quality a choir singer can have is not wanting to be heard above the others, but merely to add to the mix. Anyone who can sing "Jingle Bells" with children at Christmas time can sing in a church choir. Most choir members can't read music, so don't let that stop you. You can still learn to sing the melody or one of the harmony parts just by listening to it and repeating it back. And if you want to learn to read music, even better. Becky or Bill can teach you how. It isn't difficult. All it takes is practice over time.
The choir repertoire is gradually expanding as we learn more of the wonderful hymns in our Episcopal Hymnal, along with other music and anthems, much of it composed by our Organist.
Becky Smith comes from a musical family in South Carolina and is a graduate of Columbia College SC, where she earned a BA in Music Education, then at Scarritt College, Nashville TN she earned an MA degree in Church and Community. Afterward, she attended Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta GA, and earned an MDiv degree, was ordained in the United Methodist church, and worked as such until her ministry led her in other directions. Her convictions led her to the Episcopal church, where she now works as your organist. She has written music for many of the churches for which she has worked in the past, and will be playing and singing (along with the choir) much of it at Church of the Redeemer from time to time. You have heard some of it already.
Bill Smith, who supplies at the organ on occasion, serve as Cantor and Director of Music. He plays Irish whistle sometimes as organ/whistle duet, with the choir anthem, and/or with the congregational hymns. Bill, like Becky, comes from a musical family in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was a concert violinist and later a well-known maker of violins, violas, cellos, a chest of viola da gamba and one lute. His mother was an pianist and organist. Bill, his sister, and one of his brothers play cello, while his other brother plays guitar/banjo and makes wine. After one piano lesson from his mother, Bill was "on his own", and taught himself to play piano and organ. Bill also came from a Methodist background, and was confirmed in the Episcopal church in 1977.
"Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord!"