Big Canoe Chapel’s Choir first sang on Easter Sunday in 1984 with eight members under the direction of Margaret Chester. The Senior Chaplain was Dr. Vernon Broyles, and his wife Eloise was the pianist. In 1998 Reverend Lamar Helms became the Choir’s second director.
The Chapel Choir is made up of approximately 55 volunteer singers who rehearse two Thursday evenings each month and sing for the 9:00 and 10:30 Sunday Morning Worship Services on the first and third Sundays of each month. They also sing on Festival Sundays of the Church Year, including Easter, Christmas, and Pentecost, as well as for special events and performances, including the annual Lessons and Carols concert on the second Sunday in December.
While the choir always welcomes new members, optimal times to join are January and June, since new seasonal music is always introduced in those months. Prospects for the choir are asked to contact Rev. Lamar Helms at the Chapel office, 470-273-6768. There are no auditions, but singers should be able to sight-read music. The choir is accompanied by James Garner, Organist and Sam Holmes, Pianist.
The Choir performs classical and traditional church music literature, as well as gospel, hymn, spiritual and contemporary arrangements, attempting to achieve a balance in musical styles while supporting the written and spoken Word. But first and foremost, it is the mission of the Chapel Choir to proclaim, through music, the infinite grace of God given to us through the gift of His Son Jesus.
The Men’s Chorus is made up of approximately 25 volunteer singing men who rehearse once each month and sing for both the 9:00 and 10:30 Sunday Morning Worship Services one Sunday a month. There are no auditions; it’s just men who want to sing and have fun doing so. The Men’s Chorus performs varied styles of church music, from traditional church music, gospel and hymn arrangements, to spirituals and contemporary pieces. The Chorus is accompanied by Janet Larsen, Assistant Pianist.
Our goal is twofold: to share the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with all those who hear us sing, and to support the written and spoken Word. In our singing, we become a close-knit group of men who care for the physical and spiritual welfare of our community at large.
The Men’s Chorus always welcomes new members. Prospective singers are asked to contact Rev. Lamar Helms at the Chapel Office, 470-273-6768.
In recognition of their dedication to musical excellence, and due to the personal recommendation of Dr. Lee Nelson, the Big Canoe Chapel Men’s Chorus was invited to participate in the performance of Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom for men’s voices on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City on February 19, 2017. This performance took place in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnagie Hall. These outstanding musicians joined a limited number of ensembles which were selected from across the country for this special invitation. Dr. Lee Nelson served as conductor of the performance.
The choir spent 5 days and 4 nights in New York City in preparation for the concert. Congratulations!
The Chapel encourages all women in Big Canoe to share their musical talents as part of Bella Voce. This group performs a spectrum of sacred and secular works for women’s voices. They are under the direction of Alison Holmes and accompanied by Janet Larsen, Assistant Pianist. You can contact Alison by e-mail at [email protected]
The Chapel Ensemble is a group of 7 singers who lead the 9:00 Blended Worship Service in contemporary choruses and anthems. Its goal is to create a welcoming and participating congregation and to sing praises to God through Jesus Christ. If you are interested in the Ensemble, please contact Rev. Lamar Helms at the Chapel office, 470-273-6768. The Ensemble is accompanied by Sam Holmes, Pianist.
Under the direction of Ann Montgomery, the Chapel Bell Choir is made up of 20 handbell musicians (15 regular members and 5 extended ringers), all from various walks of life.
The choir’s goal is to promote the ringing of handbells, foster fun and fellowship, and enhance the music worship service at the Chapel. The Chapel Bell Choir also reaches out to the community in various appearances during the year. You are encouraged to contact Ann Montgomery at 850-834-5864 if you are interested in hearing more about the choir.