Covenant music is joyous, solemn, respectful and exuberant. Our music fits the mood of the service or the activity for which we are performing. Our choirs provide a wide range of selections and styles, from traditional to folk to gospel to contemporary, depending on the service you are attending.
Our choral ensembles include choirs for adults, youth and children, and our different choral groups offer options for the novice musician through the experienced musician looking for a musical challenge. We also offer a wide array of opportunities for instrumentalists, which include handbell choirs, a taizé ensemble, a brass choir and a wind ensemble. Our Contemporary Band is another, different type of option for musicians at Covenant. There are so many ways to get involved with music. We encourage you to check them out!
- GraceNotes Chamber Choir
- Sanctuary Choir
- Pro Musica Handbell Choir
- Children’s Choirs
- Journey Youth Choir
- Contemporary Praise Band
- Brass Ensemble
- Covenant Folk Band
- Resonant Ringers Youth Handbell Choir
GraceNotes is our select auditioned chamber ensemble of experienced singers who delight in singing an adventurous range of sacred music from all styles and historical periods. This excellent group sings monthly in worship and presents two major concerts a year as well as several shorter programs for various groups. We rehearse on Sunday nights from 7:15–9:15 p.m. For more information, contact Tom Brown at email@example.com or (512) 587-7943.
Our Sanctuary Choir, with about 65 singers, performs for the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Traditional Worship Services. Directed by Tom Brown, this choir sings an artistic yet eclectic range of music from 16th century Latin motets to 21st century anthems, African-American spirituals, ethnic songs and gospel arrangements. We also present major concerts with orchestra, and special musical services like World Communion Sunday (ethnic music), our popular Jazz Sunday and Gospel Night. Major works of recent years include Handel’s “Messiah,” Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs,” and “Gospel Mass” by Robert Ray.
Our Sanctuary Choir members develop deep friendships and a rich sense of community through fun and productive rehearsals. We welcome all singers, regardless of music reading ability. No audition is required, and rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:30–9:30 p.m., in the chapel (FE 100). For more information, contact Tom Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 587-7943.
Enjoy a video clip of the Christmas Music Service on December 6, 2015.
The handbell choir is a beautiful part of some of our worship services. Our Pro Musica Choir is an accomplished five-octave ensemble for ringers with a fair measure of handbell or musical experience. Our Pro Musica Choir rings monthly in morning worship, and participates in Day of Service activities and in several Ara 9 Handbell Musicians of America activities. Pro Musica rehearses on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. in SA 106. For more information, contact Linda Rutherford at email@example.com or (512) 970-7529.
At Covenant, we offer five children’s choirs for ages four (4) years through sixth grade. Our children’s choirs give children a unique way to serve the church and enable them to experience worship through praise, prayer and Biblical stories. These choirs perform in worship and put on an annual show in May. In our choirs, Covenant kids receive a musical education and training for mind, body and spirit.
- Choristers: 4th and 5th grades
- Carolers: 2nd and 3rd grades
- Sunshine Singers: 1st grade
- Praise Makers: Kindergarten
- Music Makers: 4-year-olds and Pre-Kindergarten
For more information, contact Stacy Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 334-3033.
Journey is a choir for our youth who are in 6th grade through seniors in high school. This is not your average choir experience! Journey participates monthly in worship as well as in a number of special presentations during the year, including a Christmas concert, a spring musical and a choir tour. They also get the opportunity to play handbells throughout the year. Our Journey members advance their musical talents while growing their faith by becoming closer to God and to their fellow choir members. For more information, contact Stacy Curtis at email@example.com or (512) 334-3033.
When you hear the Covenant Praise Band, you want to get up, tap your foot and clap! Our Praise Band and is open to singers and instrumentalists who have moderate to extensive experience. We perform at the 11 a.m. Contemporary Service every week. Jerry Wise leads this group; he is also one of our lead vocalists and guitar players. If you have a musical talent you’d like to share at our Contemporary Service, let us know! For more information, contact Derek Nafe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 914-0539.
Our Brass Ensemble adds a certain flair to many of our worship services. The group is open to anyone with moderate to advanced ability. We require an informal audition. In addition to several morning services, we also perform on Easter Sunday. We rehearse just prior to these occasions. For more information, contact Melanie Dixon at email@example.com or (512) 334-3034.
Covenant’s Folk Band plays monthly in worship. Led by director and arranger, Tom Brown, this unusual group re-styles traditional hymns from British, early American and folk traditions into various folk idioms. Instrumentation includes acoustic strings (fiddle, cello, guitar, bass) and hand percussion. For more information, contact Melanie Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 334-3034
This handbell group is for youth who are in second grade and older. We meet on Wednesday afternoon from 5:30–6:15 in SA 106 to learn the basics of ringing handbells as well as musical concepts. Usually we ring with the children’s choirs at Christmas and on Palm Sunday and as part of the spring musical. We encourage middle and senior high students to participate. For more information, contact Linda Rutherford at email@example.com or (512) 970-7529.