Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
The Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir is the main service choir for morning worship and other festival worship events at Saint Mark. This choir of approximately 80 members sing from Bach to Broadway and everything in between, and is open to any who are interested, high school age and above. Audition is not required. The community is made up persons with a wide variety of musical experience and expertise. It is this diversity that we enjoy and benefit from the most.
Rehearsals are each Wednesday evening, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the music suite. The choir rehearses as one unit on Wednesday evening, and then must divide itself to lead two morning services on Sunday Morning, thus we are always open to increasing the size of our family. Warm-up for these services takes place at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. each Sunday morning.
In addition to weekly services, the choir also leads in worship during Holy Week, presents two large sacred concerts each year – Lenten season and Christmas – and also prepares a major secular concert each August. Our annual Fall retreat in the North Georgia Mountains is NOT to be missed.
The Chancel Choir Mission Statement: “Recognizing that we are part of the larger Saint Mark community, we, the Chancel Choir, are called to participate and lead in worship through music. We seek to be channels of God’s grace, blending our individual gifts as an offering to God. We honor what God is creating in ALL people, sharing in many forms, the inclusive message of Christ. We welcome the movement of the Holy Spirit in us and through us as we worship through sung prayer. Furthermore, we pledge to be vessels of peace for ourselves, for this choir, for this church, for our community, and for the world.”
The Marksmen is an ongoing lower voice / TTBB auditioned ensemble. From time to time choirs of entirely Treble or Lower voices will participate in services at Saint Mark. These choirs are made up of chancel choir members and are also open to anyone who is interested in singing in these occasional opportunities. Non chancel choir members are invited to one or two rehearsals prior to the Sunday the choir is singing, and are then asked to sing both services on that Sunday. Look for the information concerning the formation of these choirs in The Remarks.