St. James Choir
The St. James Choir is a vibrant ministry and sings a wide range of traditional Anglican repertoire including Gregorian Chant, Renaissance motets, anthems, spirituals, and newly-commissioned works. The choir is a member of the Royal School of Church Music and is led by Director of Music/Organist Brad Gee. The motto of the RSCM is “Psallam Spiritu et Mente” taken from I Cor. 14:15: “…I will sing praise with the spirit, but I will sing praise with the mind also.”
The St. James Choir sings for the 10:00 a.m. service from September – July and also sings Choral Evensong several times a year. Highlights of the choral offerings in a typical season are:
- Evensong for St. Michael & All Angels in Early Fall
- Requiem mass setting for All Souls’ Day
- Advent Lessons & Carols on the first Sunday of Advent, featuring the Montreat Scottish Bagpipes and Drums
- Christmas Eve Service with string ensemble
- Evensong in Epiphany
- Candlemas Concert with proceeds going to Outreach
- Ash Wednesday service
- Evensong in Lent
- Holy Week including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, The Great Vigil of Easter
- Easter Day with brass quintet
- Evensong in May – Services of Choral Evensong are typically followed by thirty-minute organ recitals featuring prominent recitalists throughout the Southeast
- St. James also offers several Celtic Services throughout the year on Saturday evenings
Allelu! Folk Group
Allelu! is a folk-style contemporary praise music group that leads the music in worship on every Second Saturday of each month at the 5 p.m. Eucharist and every Fifth Sunday Eucharist at 10 a.m.
Allelu! also leads the music for special services throughout the year, including Celtic services, outdoor services, services in the parish hall, and the Christmas Eve family service. The group consists of guitars, bass, harmonica, keyboard and singers. Allelu! repertoire is chosen from the 1982 Hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS), and Wonder, Love and Praise (WLP). Music ranges from older traditional tunes to classic and contemporary hymns. Director Lisa Whitfield selects hymns and anthems based on the liturgical themes of the seasons and weekly readings using the Episcopal Musician’s Handbook as a guide. Participation in the group is open to anyone interested in sharing their talents.
For more information, please call Lisa at 828-693-7458.
Other Music Ministries
St. James has a three octave set of Malmark handbells which have recently been cleaned and refurbished. We also have three octaves of Malmark handchimes. Handbells enrich worship with the lovely, reverberant sound playing in the wonderful acoustic of St. James. They are used throughout the year. The ringers rehearse twice monthly immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service.
Linda Hill is the director of the handbell choir. She is a retired organist/choirmaster who served churches in Texas for over forty years. Being a member of a handbell choir requires regular rehearsal attendance, and the ability to read music.
Advent Lessons & Carols
This popular service is an Advent tradition at St. James! Two services are offered and will both feature the St. James Choir and Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums. Director of Music Brad Gee will lead the choir in singing carols and anthems appropriate to the readings; Tim Wissler will be the organist for the service. While no tickets are required, contributions of any amount are welcomed and appreciated in support of the music ministry at St. James.
Join us for Choral Evensong, a beautiful, quintessentially Anglican service of sung Evening Prayer that has elements of drama and ritual that nourish the spiritual life of all of us. The service is based on elements of Holy Scripture and comes from a long history, originating in Judaic and early Christian evening worship. At St. James, Evensong is sung by the choir, with the congregation participating throughout in thoughtful prayer, the Confession and Creed, and singing of hymns.
This quiet, meditative, and profoundly spiritual service features music led by Allelu! and harpist Lellia Lattimore. This service is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family members to join in worship in this beautiful sacred space.