Grace Covenant’s music ministry has a place for anyone who wishes to learn, grow, serve, and praise God in song. Come, make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
About the Music Ministry
As an integral part of worship, Grace Covenant enjoys the rich talents of many as singers, handbell ringers, and instrumentalists throughout the year. In keeping with the rich tradition and heritage of musical excellence at GCPC, this ministry endeavors to offer learning opportunities for all who participate in the program.
Learn more about our choirs and offerings below. Contact our Director of Music, Chris Martin with your interest in involvement or other questions.
Chris Martin, Director of Music and Organist
The Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Organ Repertoire Recital Series presents Alcee Chriss
Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
1627 Monument Avenue
*Convenient, free parking in the lot behind the church
Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and the Firmin
Swinnen Silver Medal at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ
Competition, Alcee Chriss is widely regarded as one of the leading young organists
of our time. He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill, and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque. Of his prize-winning performance at the Longwood Gardens Competition, Choir and Organ Magazine declared, “Chriss stole the show.”
Previous competition awards include the First Prize and Audience Prize in the Miami International Organ Competition (2014), the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition (2016), the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition in Wethersfield, CT (2013), and the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in Austin, TX (2013).
Mr. Chriss has performed throughout the United States and France and in 2014, was a featured “Rising Star” at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston. Recent performances include the Organ Historical Society’s 2019 convention (Dallas), Riverside Church (New York City), Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), John F. Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, Southern Methodist University, and St. Olaf’s Catholic Church (Minneapolis), among others.
In July 2019, Chriss was appointed as University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), where he teaches courses in organ and applied music. In October 2019, Alcee was awarded the Doctorate of Music degree from McGill University, where he studied with Hans-Ola Ericsson. He previously studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received his Master’s degree in historical keyboard and a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance. At Oberlin, he studied organ with James David Christie and Olivier Latry, improvisation with Marie-Louise Langlais, and harpsichord and continuo playing with Webb Wiggins and Hank Knox. He also received a grant from Oberlin’s 1835 fund to spend a month in France studying historic organs and repertoire.
Mr. Chriss is regularly featured at various organ festivals, including the Atlanta International Organ Festival, and he returned to France in April 2016 and November 2017 to perform solo recitals as a part of the Festival Myrelingues in Lyon. He also continues international volunteer work as the parrain (godparent) of a music immersion course in Lyon’s Duchère district. In addition to his organ and harpsichord performances, Chriss is active as a church musician, conductor, and jazz pianist.
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Canonic Study in A-flat Major, op. 56, no. 4 – Robert Schumann
Symphonic Dances, op. 45: I. Non-Allegro – Sergei Rachmaninoff, transcribed by Alcee Chriss
Epilogue – Rachel Laurin
Fantasy and Fugue in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6 – Alexandre Pierre François Boëly
Orpheus: Symphonic Poem No. 4, S.98 – Franz Liszt, arranged by Jean Guillou
In Quiet Mood – Florence Price
Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, op. 46 – Max Reger
*Singing choirs for both adults and children are temporarily suspended because of COVID-19. The Handbell Choir will continue to rehearse and perform regularly in worship this season.
(Teen--adult) This Choir provides the primary musical leadership for worship at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Our choir, with varying musical backgrounds, presents a wide variety of repertoire from standard church music to new compositions.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
This multi-generational ensemble rings five-octaves of bells and performs a wide range of handbell literature. Special services include the Candlelight Carol Service and Easter Sunday.
Rehearsals: Sundays, 8:30 a.m.
(K--5th grade) The Junior Choir participates in the 11:00 a.m. worship service about seven times a year and learns traditional choral anthems and occasionally plays the church’s choir chimes as part of their rehearsals.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m.
The Carol Choir is a music class for preschoolers. In conjunction with Grace Covenant’s Child Development Center, over forty children participate in one of four weekly rehearsals and sing four times a year during the seasonal Wednesday Night Supper programs. The curriculum for this choir is MusikGarten’s God’s Children Sing.
Rehearsals (for the public): Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.