Music

Calvary's Music Program

St. Cecilia Choir | Boys and Girls Choir | Calvary Ringers | Calvary Choir 

Calvary Episcopal Church celebrates a long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Dr. R. Jefferson Hall was appointed in 1898 with the charge of establishing a choir at Calvary. By 1902, the choir had grown to more than 30 men, women, and boys. Dr. Adolph Steuterman, who had served as an organist as a youth, was hired in 1919, and served Calvary for the next 53 years. Perhaps his most enduring contribution to Calvary and the Memphis community was the annual Messiah performance, first held on December 10, 1922. Today's music program is under the direction of Organist-Choirmaster Kristin Lensch.

St. Cecilia Choir: Grades SK-2

Melissa Elsholz directs the St. Cecilia Choir, the youngest choir of the parish. Using a variety of activities, he helps them learn to use their voices, teaches them hymns and other sacred songs, and guides them as they learn what it means to sing in a choir. The St. Cecilia Choir sings periodically at the 10 a.m. worship service throughout the year. Melissa has been a music educator for the past 15 years. She served her first eight years as a band director in Michigan and Indiana, and she presently serves as an Orff Music Specialist at Grahamwood Elementary School. Melissa holds a degree in music education from Western Michigan University and a degree in Educational Leadership from Union University. At the conclusion of rehearsal, the St. Cecilia choristers have the opportunity to join their friends in EpiscoPals until 7:30 p.m. Contact Melissa Elsholz for more information, 901-312-5212.

Boys and Girls Choir: Grades 3 and up

On Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m., Organist-Choirmaster Kristin Lensch, uses the “Voice for Life” curriculum established by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), which promotes a complete and quality approach to children’s music ministry. It is as much a Christian education experience as it is a musical training experience, and provides opportunities to achieve concrete goals. Over time, choristers often become peer leaders as they progress through the program. The choristers will sing frequently during the 10 a.m. worship service and sometimes sing the anthems with the Calvary Choir. For more information, contact Kristin Lensch at klensch@calvarymemphis.org

Calvary Ringers

Directed by Brad Kroeker, the Calvary Ringers continue to dedicate themselves to the work of liturgical ringing. The Calvary Ringers are most grateful to the Nobles family for the gift of 12 additional Schulmerich handbells. These bells were given to the glory of God and in memory of Dr. Gene Nobles. The choir now boasts 15 members who support 48 bells covering four octaves. In addition to the four-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells, the choir also uses a three-octave set of Petit & Fritzen handbells. Calvary Ringers rehearse weekly during Koinonia and welcome new members. The ability to read music is not required. For more information, contact Brad Kroeker at bradkroeker@gmail.com

Calvary Choir

Calvary Choir is a semi-professional group of singers; professional musicians provide a strong foundation for the many volunteers who participate. While strongly based in music of the Anglican church, their repertoire spans the centuries and global traditions, from plainsong to spirituals. Apart from their hard work on Wednesdays and Sundays, they also enjoy spending time together outside of rehearsal, eating and making merry. Calvary Choir sings each week at the 10 a.m. worship service and also offers special liturgical services and concerts during the year. Come make music alongside these singers who, beyond Calvary’s doors, also work as a chemist, a project manager, an educator, a doctor, a dentist, financial and arts executives, an actor and an accountant. Organist-Choirmaster, Kristin Lensch, is always delighted to hear from interested singers. Please email klensch@calvarymemphis.org or call 901-312-5212.