Ascension is a music-loving parish. At our 10:00am Sung Mass on Sundays, our whole congregation sings most portions of the Mass, as well as several hymns.
Our worship is accompanied by the sound of our one-manual, five rank Coulter organ, a unique baroque-style tracker instrument which is ideal for Renaissance and Baroque organ repertoire in addition to the accompaniment of congregational singing.
Our 12-voice mixed choir is composed of members of our congregation. The Ascension Choir sings an Advent Lessons and Carols service each year in mid-December, as well as singing anthems and motets for special services such as Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday and Ascension Day. Our youth also participate in children’s choral music during special Youth Sundays.
Our lovely historic chapel boasts a generous acoustic, and it is an ideal venue for intimate chamber performances. Vocal soloists frequently join us for worship services, and our chapel has also hosted recitals by singers, organists, string players, early music specialists and more.
Our beautiful parlor is another fine venue for recitals, with its restored historic Chickering grand piano. Recent and upcoming concerts in our parlor have included classical song recitals and jazz performances. Please check our calendar page for information about upcoming musical events.
Our parish also hosts a Songwriters’ Series of folk music, organized by parishioner Bob Howard. These events include a potluck dinner and are a fun, informal way for parishioners and guests to spend time together.
Minister of Music Emma Mildred Riggle serves as organist and choirmaster at Ascension. Please contact her with any questions about our Ascension music program.