The Parish Choir at Christ Episcopal Church is a very dedicated and loyal group of volunteer singers, open to anyone who enjoys singing. Rehearsals are grounded not only in solid musical practice, but also in historical, spiritual and liturgical awareness. Led by Timothy Q. Smith, who has a broad musical background, the Parish Choir is a great place to expand musical skills and increase the understanding of the role of music in the liturgy
Weekly rehearsals are held on Monday from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm from mid-August through May. Sunday warm-up rehearsal is at 10:00 am before the 10:30 am Rite II Service.
The repertoire is diverse in style and level of difficulty, including Gregorian chant, renaissance polyphony, traditional sacred music from all periods of music history, Gospel music, spirituals, and music from Taize and by living composers. Particular emphasis is placed on unaccompanied music heard in every Sunday liturgy.
The organ is a three manual Rembrandt 370 built by the firm of Johannus in The Netherlands. The instrument features two intonations which have recently been voiced similar to Aeolian Skinner organs heard from the periods of G. Donald Harrison, and Joseph S. Whiteford.
The grand piano was built by Wurlitzer.
Both instruments enjoy a warm and vibrant acoustical environment.
An annual concert music series features both organ and piano along with other instruments and singers, many of which are of national prestige.
Our Parish Musician
Valarie Alexandra Valois is a concert pianist, collaborative artist , and master teacher who has been involved in making music quite literally since she was four. Dr. Valois actually began teaching when she was seven, and has been working as a professional musician all of her life. She is also a liturgical musician, and enjoys conducting choirs, playing the organ, and arranging sacred music in all forms.
She was blessed with an extraordinary group of teachers and mentors, and her studies and performances have taken her all over Europe, The Orient, The Middle East, both North and South America, and Africa. Her students have won many international accolades, and have gone on to become major influences in the music world, as performers, composers, teachers and arrangers, and she presently has a full schedule in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.