Music Ministry

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Now is the time to join our growing Music Ministry at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our ensembles include a 35-member SATB choir, a chorister choir for children from grades 2 through 7, and a three-octave bell choir featuring members consisting of many generations.


REHEARSAL:  Wednesdays (7:00-8:30 p.m.)

Our large mixed ensemble participates in the 10:30 a.m. Rite II Two Holy Eucharist. The music, hymns, responses, and psalms are selected to highlight the Lectionary readings appointed for the day. Our Psalms are sung to Anglican Chant melodies, or Plain Song chant melodies.

  • At various times throughout the year, the choir sings Evensong and Compline services.

  • At our Easter and Independence Day recognition services, the choir is joined by the Eastern Virginia Brass Ensemble.

  • For Christmas Eve, the Cantilena String Quartet joins the choir for our celebration.


The choir has a long history of singing concerts that feature vocal soloists and orchestral accompaniment. Works presented include Honegger’s King David, Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Puccini’s Messe de Gloria, W. A. Mozart’s Requiem, and J. F. Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Our choir has participated in two European pilgrimages: They rehearsed and sang in the Choral Festival in Innsbruck, Austria; The choir also participated in a British tour that included singing services at Great St. Mary’s Cambridge, England, and presenting concerts at Guilford and Salisbury Cathedrals in England.



Chorister Choir

REHEARSAL:  Thursdays (5:00-5:45 p.m.)
September through May


The Chorister Choir is for children from grades 1–7.  During rehearsals, our youth are taught correct singing techniques, music reading skills, and the hymns and psalms for the Sunday service.  This is a perfect spot for your children to learn about the teachings of the church and scriptures. Children are vested and sing each Sunday as part of the 10:30am worship service.  Please contact Dr. “S” (Sunderland) if you wish to have your child participate.

*Our Chorister Choir is paused due to pandemic restrictions*

Handbell Choir

REHEARSAL:  Thursday (6:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
September through May


Our handbell choir has a three-octave set of Malmark handbells and hand chimes. The bell choir is multigenerational, having members from ages 12 to 70+. Our repertoire consists of music and hymn arrangements rated in Level I or II. This lively and fun-loving group plays about one Sunday per month, at either the 8:00 or 10:30 service.


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Summer Music Camp

Beginning of August each year


We offer a week-long Summer Music Camp for children from grades 2–7. We have a varying curriculum that includes musicianship skills, vocal technique, handbell and chime instruction, anthem learning, physical education, and of course snacks. The camp is open to any child from any denomination in the Tidewater area.


Recordings from Our Choir