Children’s & Youth Choirs

Children's and Youth Choirs

Musical opportunities for children and youth abound at All Saints’. Our singers give their best to God through their music, the witnessing of their faith, and their commitment. Choirs for children four years old through twelfth grade rehearse weekly throughout the school year and provide special music for Sunday worship and other events in the life of All Saints’ parish: Kanuga weekend, Saint Nicholas Celebration, Christmas Eve, Feast of Epiphany, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Easter Day and musicals. The Youth Choir takes a mini-tour one weekend of the year.

Rehearsals are fun and challenging. In addition to preparing anthems, we learn the music of the church through the singing of hymns and liturgy. Songs from different cultures are an important part of our repertoire and are often sung in the original language (Swahili, German, Latin, French, Spanish).

All of our children’s choirs wear robes in worship. As they progress through the choirs, children earn colored beads for their cross necklaces, which are worn with the robe once they begin Junior Choir (third grade). Commitment to choir is recognized at our end-of-year party in May.

Our children’s choirs are directed by Karol Kimmell, who came to All Saints’ in 1998. Karol has taught music to young children and directed choirs (adult and children’s) for over 30 years. All the choirs are accompanied by Terry Kinton, a vital component of our youth and children’s music program.

Wednesday Night Supper (WNS) is offered for the entire All Saints’ community; many choir families stay for food and fellowship. Dinner is served from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Ellis Hall. This is a great way to get to know others in our church family. Click here for more information and to make reservations.

Come, join our exciting children’s music program at All Saints’. You will be singing your faith the rest of your life!


Cherub Choir: Ages 4-6

Wednesdays, 4:00-4:30 p.m. (Download the 2016-2017 schedule PDF)

Cherub choir

This choir is for children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Pre-1st grades. We sing, play instruments, move to music, practice steady beat and solfege (do, re, mi), learn about instrument families, play early note and rhythm reading games, and learn to follow the director. Sometimes we sit in our music circle and other times we sit in chairs in a regular choir formation. The Cherub Choir occasionally sings at the prelude for the 9:00 a.m. service and for Children’s Church, the Fall Festival, at our annual Christmas Pageant on a Sunday in Advent, and several times in the spring. Join now and make children’s choir a part of your life. Check the current schedule for exact singing dates


Primary Choir: Grades 1-2

Wednesdays 4:35-5:10 p.m. (Download the 2016-2017 schedule PDF)

Primary choir

Enthusiasm is the word that best describes this choir. These singers have fun playing musical games, learning solfege (do, re, mi), finding their choir voice, and beginning note and rhythm reading all through hymns and sacred music appropriate for this age group. The Primary Choir sings for various Sunday morning services, the 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service (with the Junior Choir), our Fall Festival, the Burning of the Palms service on Shrove Tuesday, the 5:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service for Children, and Palm Sunday. An important part of our time together is spent learning the Episcopal liturgy and following the liturgical year. The Primary Choir also participates in the Junior Choir musical. Check the current schedule for exact singing dates.


Junior Choir: Grades 3-6

Wednesdays 5:15-6:00 p.m. (Download the 2016-2017 schedule PDF)

Junior choir

This outstanding, energetic elementary choir sings for Sunday morning worship, presents a musical, and sings for various events throughout the year (3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve, Kanuga weekend, Saint Nicholas Celebration, Feast of Epiphany and Palm Sunday.) Singers learn challenging treble music, sing in harmony, sing in foreign languages, sing a variety of global and multi-cultural music, sing hymns and descants, move to the music, and learn to sing with their “best voice”. An important part of our time together is spent learning the Episcopal liturgy and following the liturgical year. Challenges and fun all around! Check the current schedule for exact singing dates.


Junior Handbell Choir: Grades 4-6

Wednesdays 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Junior handbells

Our beginner handbell choir advances quickly each year as ringers learn handbell techniques, basic note and rhythm reading, teamwork, and a broadened sense of musicianship. This choir rings at the Saint Nicholas Celebration, the 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service, and on Sundays throughout the school year. Junior ringers must be singers in the Junior Choir which rehearses just before Junior Handbells (singing choir begins at 5:15 p.m.).


Youth Choir: Grades 7–12

Sundays: 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Download the 2016-2017 schedule PDF)

Youth choir

Come, join this stellar 40 voice choir as we sing challenging music of many styles from around the world: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Global, and Gospel. The Youth Choir sings in unison, two, three, and four-part harmony. They travel out of town each year to perform at another church, spending the weekend witnessing, singing, and having fun. The Youth Choir often combines with other All Saints’ choirs to perform. In recent years, with the Adult Choir, we have presented Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F Major, and challenging spirituals, modern Gospel anthems, and traditional Classical anthems. Youth Choir alumni are invited to sing with us every Christmas Eve at the 5:00 p.m. service. Members of this choir come from all parts of the Atlanta area, representing 20 schools. Check the current schedule for exact singing dates.


Youth Handbell Choir: Grades 7-12

Sundays: 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Youth handbell choir

Come, ring handbells! Note-reading not necessary; ability to count to eight required! We play a variety of music from rhythmically challenging and contemplative hymn arrangements, to newly composed handbell, belltree, and chime pieces, to arrangements of classic rock and pop tunes. Commitment and regular attendance are a must for those wishing to ring and ringers must be singers in the Youth Choir that meets at 5:00 p.m. We ring 3 and 4 – octave handbell music, sometimes separating into two groups based on experience and age. We have two sets of Malmark handbells and three octaves of Malmark choir chimes.


For more information on Karol Kinard Kimmell, Director of Youth and Children’s Music, click here.

For more information on Terry Kinton, Children’s & Youth Accompanist, click here.


“O sing to the Lord a new song…”
Psalm 98

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    Questions about music for youth & children?

    Email Karol Kimmell, Director of Youth and Children’s Music, or call 404-267-4262.

    Rehearsals

    Location:
    The Pritchett Children's Center, 2nd floor

    Schedules:

    Wednesdays
    • Cherub Choir
      (ages 4-6):
      4:00–4:30 p.m.
    • Primary Choir
      (grades 1-2):
      4:35–5:10 p.m.
    • Junior Choir
      (grades 3-6):
      5:15–6 p.m.
    • Junior Handbells
      (grades 4-6):
      6:00–6:30 p.m.
    Sundays
    • Youth Handbells
      (grades 7-12):
      4:15–5 p.m.
    • Youth Choir
      (grades 7-12):
      5:00–6 p.m.

    Choir Traditions

    • 6th Grade Cumberland Island Trip
    • Un-Birthday Party
      An annual celebration of all children's birthdays who are in Wednesday Choir rehearsals.
    • Youth Choir out-of-town weekend singing trip
    • Junior Choir sings & rings at St. Nicholas Celebration

    Musicals Performed

    • 2016: Follow the Call
    • 2015: David and the Giants
    • 2014: Paul & Company
    • 2013: Moses
    • 2012: Israelites in Other Lands
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    • 2011: The Tale of the Three Trees
    • 2010: Elijah: God's Faithful Prophet
    • 2008: Follow the Call
    • 2007: David & the Giants
    • 2006: The Israelites in Other Lands
    • 2005: Tale of the Three Trees
    • 2004: By the Sea
    • 2003: Moses
    • 2002: Paul & Company
    • 2002: The Prodigal Son Jazz
    • 2001: Courage, Love, Joy: Women of the Bible
    • 2000: David and the Giants
    • 1999: The Tale of the Three Trees

    Youth Choir Trips

    • 2016: Ascension Lutheran, Savannah, GA
    • 2015: Trinity Episcopal, New Orleans, LA
    • 2014: St. Johns Lutheran, Salisbury, NC
    • 2013: St. Timothy Episcopal, Signal Mountain, TN
    • 2012: Ascension Episcopal, Montgomery, AL
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    • 2011: Israelites in Other Lands
    • 2010: St. Stephens Episcopal, Birmingham, TN
    • 2008: Ascension Lutheran, Savannah, GA
    • 2007: St. Timothy Episcopal, Signal Mountain, TN
    • 2006: Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, SC
    • 2005: St. Timothy Episcopal, Signal Mountain, TN
    • 2004: St. James Episcopal, Hendersonville, NC
    • 2003: Ascension Lutheran, Savannah, GA
    • 2002: St. James Lutheran, Brunswick, GA
    • 2001: St. Andrews Episcopal, Maryville, TN
    • 2000: St. Bede’s Episcopal, Atlanta, GA

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