Music and Drama
Chapel Choir is an accomplished 70-member ensemble of mid-high & senior-high youth (6th-12th grades) that leads in worship at the 8:30 service each Sunday morning. In addition to singing weekly anthems and liturgical responses, this talented group performs occasional major works and tours annually. They have performed with distinction in major venues throughout America including the White House, the National Cathedral, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the Mormon Tabernacle. Their 2017 tour will take them to St. Louis and Chicago. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 (immediately before DTBA) and are conducted by Dr. Joel Panciera. All interested youth are welcome to participate. No audition is required. Click here to learn more about Chapel Choir!
BAY (Boston Avenue Youth) Troupe is a thriving group of senior-high thespians who are interested in the dramatic arts. These gifted youth have performed in many successful productions during the past few years including: Miracle on 34th Street, Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Cotton Patch Gospel, Big, Into the Woods, Annie, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Barnum, The Grand Tour, Curtains, Kiss Me Kate, Titanic, Godspell (2012 Revised Version) and, most recently, Shrek, the Musical. Their show planned for spring 2017 is Thoroughly Modern Millie. Performances will be Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, March 26 following both worship services in Bishops' Hall. Tickets are $10 each with a maximum cost of $25 per family. All seats are general admission. Beginning Monday, March 27, tickets may also be reserved online.
Rehearsals are primarily on Sunday afternoons from 12:00-3:30, although not all cast members are required to be at every rehearsal. BAY Troupe meets in the spring and is directed by Matt Morton and Dr. Joel Panciera. Our Senior-High Youth Director, Jennifer Solis, serves as "Producer" for this ministry. All Boston Avenue senior-high youth are encouraged to participate!
Creative Spirit Camp
Creative Spirit Camp, held one week each summer for rising 1st-12th Graders, offers children and youth a great opportunity to enjoy the performing and fine arts in a fun and relaxed environment. Campers develop new skills and make new friends as they learn and play together applying their "creative juices." With multiple activities to choose from in each of four daily "classes," campers can learn to perform different types of dance, create an assortment of hands-on art projects, gain life skills such as sewing and cooking, explore the world of music through singing and ringing handbells, plus express themselves dramatically through acting. The week concludes with a closing recital showcasing their hard work and effort.
Creative Spirit Camp
July 10-13, 2017, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Closing Recital: July 13 at 6 p.m.
The Jubilation Ringers is an ensemble of experienced ringers (9th-12th grades) that perform in services and concerts throughout the school year. This group utilizes a wide range of moderate to advanced ringing techniques. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 6:00 and are conducted by Dr. Susan Panciera. Check out their February 15, 2009 performance of "Down by the Riverside" on YouTube (one of the posted comments is from Tammy Waldrop, the composer/arranger of the piece!).
Boston Avenue Symphonic Orchestra & Festival Brass Ensemble
The Boston Avenue Symphonic Orchestra is a 30-member intergenerational ensemble (7th graders through adults) that rehearses and performs during three concentrated periods each year. This orchestra offers a stimulating learning experience that joins together professionals with talented adult and youth players. Members rehearse on select Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00, with additional times as necessary. The orchestra is open to all interested musicians and is conducted by Rob Reck.
The Festival Brass Ensemble performs numerous times throughout the year in worship and concert settings, including Christmas Eve and Easter services and the lighting of the Advent candle ceremony. This talented select group of youth and adults is conducted by Dr. Joel Panciera and Rob Reck.
- Chancel Choir (adults)
- Chapel Choir (6th-12th)
- Chorister Choir (3rd-5th)
- Academy Choraliers (1st-2nd)
- Academy Cherubs (4 yrs-K)
- BA Orchestra (youth & adults)
- Festival Brass (youth & adults)
- Festival Ringers (adults)
- Celebration Ringers (adults)
- Jubilation Ringers (9th-12th)
- Capriccio Ringers (6th-8th)
- Chorister Ringers (3rd-5th)