St. James Choir
Brad Gee, Director
The St. James Choir is a vibrant ministry and sings a wide range of traditional Anglican repertoire including Gregorian Chant, Renaissance motets, anthems, spirituals, and newly-commissioned works. The choir is a member of the Royal School of Church Music and is led by Director of Music/Organist Brad Gee. The motto of the RSCM is “Psallam Spiritu et Mente” taken from I Cor. 14:15: “…I will sing praise with the spirit, but I will sing praise with the mind also.”
The St. James Choir sings for the 11:15 a.m. service from September - July and also sings Choral Evensong several times a year. Highlights of the choral offerings in a typical season are:
- Evensong for St. Michael & All Angels in Early Fall
- Requiem mass setting for All Souls’ Day
- Advent Lessons & Carols on the first Sunday of Advent, featuring the Montreat Scottish Bagpipes and Drums
- Christmas Eve Service with string ensemble
- Evensong in Epiphany
- Candlemas Concert with proceeds going to Outreach
- Ash Wednesday service
- Evensong in Lent
- Holy Week including Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, The Great Vigil of Easter
- Easter Day with brass quintet
- Evensong in May - Services of Choral Evensong are typically followed by thirty-minute organ recitals featuring prominent recitalists throughout the Southeast.
St. James also offers several Celtic Services throughout the year on Saturday evenings.
Allelu! is a folk-style ensemble that leads the music for the 9:00 a.m. service on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, as well as the Day of Pentecost, All Saints Day, and the Christmas Eve family service. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. in the church.
Allelu! consists of three guitars, bass, harmonica, keyboard and 5 - 6 singers. Membership in the group is open to anyone interested in sharing their talents. Come visit our rehearsals or call Lisa Whitfield at 828- 693-7458 for further information.
Allelu! repertoire is chosen from the 1982 Hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS), Wonder, Love and Praise (WLP) and Alleluia II. Music ranges from older traditional tunes to classic and contemporary hymns and praise music from the Cursillo movement. Director Lisa Whitfield selects hymns and anthems based on the liturgical themes of the seasons and weekly readings using the Episcopal Musician’s Handbook as a guide.
Bob Aldinger, Ringing Master
(Dorothy Fantle and Jim Loy, Bell Tower Co-captains; see footer for JL's email)
The St. James Patton tower houses eight bells cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England. Our tenor bell, “Matthew," weighs 1,032 pounds, while our treble bell, “Winter,” weights 338 pounds. The bells were first rung on Pentecost, 1978, and were dedicated on September 10, 1978. The bells are rung to call the faithful to services and for special occasions. To read a recent piece from the Hendersonville magazine Bold Life that describes our bells and the activity of "change ringing," click on the following button. Bold Life article To watch the bell band in action, click on the video at the end of this article.
The St James Guild of Change Ringers is affiliated with the North American Guild of Change Ringers and the Central Council of Ringers of London, England. Weekly practices are currently on hold due to the COVID pandemic, but when they return to normal, visitors will once again be welcome in the tower.