Music Ministries

We enjoy a musical heritage and tradition at Good Shepherd that enriches our worship and shapes our hearts, minds, and souls for God's glory and service. Our dynamic music program helps to fulfill the parish's mission in worship and Christian formation.

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Good Shepherd Choir - for Adults

The Good Shepherd Choir sings at the 11:15 AM service throughout the year. Recognized as an outstanding regional ensemble, the choir sings a great variety of choral literature in services as well as major works at Evensong and in concert for the community. The choir has been invited to sing at Westminster Abbey and the Washington National Cathedral, and has worked with such renowned conductors as Joseph Flummerfelt, Ann Howard Jones, Robert Fort, Bing Vick, Henry Leck and Sandra Willetts.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Membership is by audition. Contact James Nord, Organist/Choirmaster for more information.

St. Gregory Choir - for those in grades 3 - 8

The Royal School of Church Music Training Scheme gives young people a valuable musical and theological education. Musical standards are high, and singers learn that hard work gets results. To make things fun, the choir is divided into houses (like those at Hogwarts) to teach teamwork and encourage a little healthy competition. 

The St. Gregory Choir sings at the 9:00 AM service every Sunday, with a warm-up at 8:30 AM. Breakfast for the whole family is served at 8:15 AM.  

Rehearsals are 6:00 - 7:00 PM on Sunday nights. 

St. Francis Choir - for High School Students

The St. Francis Choir sings at the 9:00 AM service every Sunday. Breakfast is served at 8:15 AM and a warm-up rehearsal follows at 8:30 AM. Good Shepherd is thankful to have such a talented and dedicated group of high school choristers! 

Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Recorder Consort

Recorders, popular wind instruments during the 16th and 17th centuries, provided inspiration for many famous composers of church music, including Bach and Handel. The choir of instruments, as well as the ensemble of players, is called a consort. Our instruments were made by the famous German maker, Mollenhaur.

A group of enthusiastic parishioners meet weekly on Tuesdays from noon - 1:00 PM to rehearse and they regularly offer music in services. There are opportunities for all levels of playing ability. If you are interested in joining the consort, please contact the parish office. Music reading skills are required, we can teach you the rest.

Handbells

The Good Shepherd Handbell Choir is open to all interested parishioners. Membership is by interview with the director. Call James Nord for more information or to make an appointment.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 - 7:30 PM

Bell Tower

Change ringing originated in England in the 17th century and involves the art of ringing a set of tuned bells in a series of mathematical patterns known as methods. It is called change ringing because the bells are constantly moving or changing their positions in the order in which the bells are struck.

The bells at Good Shepherd were cast by the famous Whitechapel Foundry in London, Britain's oldest manufacturing company, having been established in 1570. The bells were installed in 2004.

We are always looking to enlarge our band of ringers. Membership is open to all 12 years of age and older. Contact Tom Smyth or Jim Nord to learn more about this parish ministry.

  • Bells: 8, 11-0-14. Whitechapel, 2004. Key of G.
  • Sunday Morning Service Ringing Schedule: 10:00 AM
  • Practice Schedule:
    Guests are always welcome!
    Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
    Training can be arranged (contact the Ringing Master)
  • Tower Officers:
    Tower Captain - Jim Nord
    Ringing Master - Tom Smyth
  • Useful Link: North American Guild of Change Ringers
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