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 CHAmber choir

Our chamber choir is composed of members of our congregation. 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.

Margaret Jones in recital at Ascension

Margaret Jones in recital at Ascension

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, jazz pianist & composer
  • Hannah Brewer, organist of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
  • Margaret Jones, lutenist, PhD. student in musicology at U.C. Berkeley




November 12, 2017, 9:00 A.M.

Minister of Music Emma Riggle offers a short lecture on Claude Goudimel's setting of Psalm 42 from the Genevan Psalter, as part of Ascension Parish's "SpeakUp! Ascension Talks" series.



December 24, 2017, 9:00 P.M.

Ascension Chamber Choir
Works by Bach, Willcocks, Yon, Cleobury, and traditional carols.

Ascension Chapel



February 9, 2017, 7:00 P.M.: Piano Recital
An intimate recital of French piano music by Claude Debussy, Jacques Ibert, Cécile Chaminade and Darius Milhaud. Minister of Music Emma Riggle will play the historic Chickering grand piano in our parlor. A wine and cheese reception will follow the recital. 

Ascension Parlor

February 10, 2017, 1:00 P.M.: Children's Concert
A short concert of piano music for children and their grownup friends. Emma will play classical pieces written for children to enjoy, including works by Debussy, Milhaud and Ibert. There will be themed coloring pages, and dancing and curiosity are encouraged!

Reinhart Hall


maundy Thursday choral service

March 29, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

Ascension Chamber Choir
Gabriel Fauré's Messe bass pour voix des femmes

Ascension Chapel


REcital: Emma Mildred Riggle, soprano; Hannah Brewer, Organ

November 28 & 29, 2017

Ascension Chapel & St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

Minister of Music Emma Mildred Riggle serves as organist and choirmaster at Ascension. Please contact her with any questions about our Ascension music program.