Take 30 enthusiastic amateur singers, add four professional soloists and a Minister of Music with a thorough command of sacred music, and you have the Piedmont Community Church Chancel Choir. On a given Sunday, the choir may present works as diverse as a Tudor anthem by Byrd or a modern one by Britten or Ellington. The soloists offer moving works by Vaughan Williams, Copland, Brahms, Mozart, and Bach, among others, and accompaniment frequently moves beyond the pipe organ to feature oboe, flute, strings, harp, brass, and other instruments. Traditional hymns are favorites to sing along with, and add to that the organ voluntaries composed by our Minister of Music, Stephen Main, and you have an unforgettable listening experience.
In addition to the Chancel Choir, worship at PCC is graced with contributions from a Handbell Ensemble, the Youth Choir, and the Junior Choir for younger children. Visiting chamber orchestras are engaged twice a year for special “Choir Sundays.” Church members cite the quality of PCC’s music as a principal reason they are drawn to the church, ranking it second in importance only to the Sunday service itself. The various groups have produced 4 CDs to date and contribute to community functions as well, for example by leading an evening of Christmas Caroling after the lighting of the tree in the city park.
Newly Rebuilt Organ at PCC
At Piedmont Community Church there have been generations of faithful musicians, but, as Minister of Music Steve Main says, there is one member of the music program that has been most faithful of all: our beloved pipe organ. We have now completed a total rebuild of this beautiful organ. The new instrument includes rebuilt bellows, reservoirs, electrical systems, refurbished pipework, and even some visual façade pipes. The console itself has been totally rebuilt, as well, and has been fitted with the latest keyboards to replace the failing 1950’s mechanism. Our new organ is a splendid enhancement to our worship for the next fifty years.
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