Messiah offers a variety of music ensembles.
The Liturgical Dance Ensemble meets on Saturdays at 9 am. Everyone is welcome to come, get a little exercise, enjoy the company of other Christians, and praise God through movement. Dot Conley is the leader of the group, and she has enough energy for everyone!
The Messiah Handbell Choir, under the direction of Ms. Judith King, plays monthly during the season, and on occasion during the summer as well. With 5 octaves of bells and five octaves of choir chimes, this excellent group plays beautiful music year-round. Smaller ensembles or soloists are sometimes featured as well. The bells perform for special feasts and for the Christmas and Spring concerts. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays at 6:00 pm.
The Chancel Choir sings at alternate Sunday services during "season." The music is widely varied, from classic choral pieces like Hassler's A Mighty Fortress, to contemporary works like John Rutter's How Firm a Foundation. The choir also performs at the Christmas and Spring concerts, and of course Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday services. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7 pm October-April.
The Messiah Motet Ensemble is a smaller group that rehearses on Sundays at 9:30 am October-April. This group sings different arrangements and styles than the Chancel Choir.
The SonRise Singers lead worship during the summer on Sundays, and at the early service the first two weeks of each month during season. This group meets before the service (8:45 am in summer, 7:15 am in season) and often sings in unison or two parts. The music is quickly learned and/or familiar.
The Evensong Choir, like the SonRise Singers, rehearses right before the Saturday service (4:15 pm) and sings familiar settings of hymns and songs.