Ascension is a music-loving parish. At our 10:00am Sung Mass on Sundays, we sing most portions of the Mass, as well as psalms and hymns. Our music is traditional, reverent, and joyful. Selections come from the Hymnal 1982 and the old and new classics of sacred music.
music in our worship
At 10:00am Sung Mass, 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. The hymn accompaniment style is intended to encourage joyful, confident singing by the congregation.
At a typical Sung Mass, the congregation will sing settings of the Rite I Mass from The Hymnal 1982, as well as four to five hymns and a chanted psalm. Our worship is also often enhanced by musical offerings from vocal or instrumental soloists.
ascension PARISH choir
Our Parish choir is composed of members of our congregation and guests who love to sing! The choir sings a Festival of Lessons and Carols service each year in December, as well as singing anthems and motets for special services such as Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday and Ascension Day.
The choir is open to singers aged teen to adult. Rehearsals for the Advent season take place October - December at 9:00am on Sundays. Rehearsals for Holy Week take place on Sundays at 9:00am from February until Easter.
Our choir focuses on classics of the Anglican choral literature, and rehearsals are accessible and fun. If you are interested in joining us, please email our Minister of Music, Emma Mildred Riggle.
concerts at ascension
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 concerts in our parlor have included classical song recitals and jazz performances.
recent guest artists
Brad Mersereau, Portland jazz pianist & composer
Hannah Brewer, organist of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
Margaret Jones, lutenist, PhD. student in musicology at U.C. Berkeley
Dr. Samantha Arten, soprano, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University
UPCOMING ASCENSION MUSIC EVENTS
ADVENT SERVICE OF LESSONS & CAROLS
Ascension Parish Choir
December 9, 2018, 10:00 A.M., Ascension Episcopal Parish
Join us for a festive service of Lessons & Carols for Advent. The Ascension Choir offers motets by Patrick Hadley, Elizabeth Poston and Peter Warlock, as well as traditional carols and Mass settings from Michel Corrette’s Baroque carol mass, Messe pour le tems de Noël.
Christmas EVE SERVICE OF LESSONS & CAROLS
Ascension Parish Choir
December 24, 2018, 9:00 P.M., Ascension Episcopal Parish
Join us for a festive service of Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve, with candlelight. The Ascension Choir will offer muisc by Ralph Vaughan Williams, David Willcocks and John Rutter, as well as traditional carols, and Mass settings from Michel Corrette’s Baroque carol mass, Messe pour le tems de Noël.
Isabella Leonarda: Motets for voices & organ
March 9, 2019, 7:00 P.M., Ascension Episcopal Parish
Nan Haemer, soprano
Megan Mattoon, mezzo soprano
Benjamin España , bass-baritone
Emma Mildred Riggle, organ
In honor of International Women’s Month, we are offering a concert of motets for voices and organ by Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704), one of the preeminent women composer of the Baroque period. Our program will include motets, by turns joyful and meditative, composed for one, two, and three voices, and accompanied on our Coulter Baroque tracker organ.
$15 suggested donation.
Minister of Music Emma Mildred Riggle serves as organist and choirmaster at Ascension. Please contact her with any questions about our Ascension music program.