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Upcoming Music Ministries Events 

Thursday December 13, 2018
Timothy Owings, piano: An Evening of Holiday Favorites [FAREWELL PERFORMANCE!]

timothyowingspianoFor many years, Dr. Timothy Owings has been known throughout the CSRA for his beautiful and imaginative piano playing, and his annual Holiday Recital has become a city tradition. This year’s performance will be his final appearance in Augusta, and will be an evening not to be missed. The recital will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13th, and the public is invited to drop in for a few minutes or the entire hour. Arrive early for best seating. Come as you are, and leave the hustle and bustle of the world behind you for a while. After the performance, be sure to greet Dr. Owings during a reception in his honor.


Sunday, February 3, 2019 –
Presbyterian College Choir: Dr. Ron Davis, conductor

The Presbyterian College Choir has a tradition of presenting fine choral music dating back to the 1940s. The Choir has toured throughout the eastern half of the U.S., and has appeared in performances in England, Scotland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. The choir also performs annually in area and regional churches as well as on campus. The annual Christmas at PC series of performances are very popular, drawing over 1000 patrons each year. Membership in the PC Choir is open to all students regardless of major, and many of the choristers are awarded scholarships in music. In 2019, the choir is comprised of forty-two members, from six different states. Dr. Ron Davis, conductor, has been at PC since the fall of 2004. He currently is the chair of the Department of Music, and teaches organ, music theory, conducting, and directs the PC Ringers Handbell Choir. He also serves as organist/handbell director at First Baptist Church of Greenwood, SC.

Sunday, April 28, 2019
The First Annual Magnolia Baroque Concert, featuring
The Continuo Collective of the South

magnoliabarouqueconcertReid Arts is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new tradition in Augusta: an annual concert devoted entirely to music of the Baroque Era. Concerts will feature works by composers such as J.S. Bach, Händel, Purcell, Vivaldi, Telemann, and other masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Continuo Collective of the South is an ensemble dedicated to the vast repertoire of Baroque chamber music. The "continuo," the harpsichord and ‘cello, is the consistent, driving force of the group as they cover all of the harmonies and reinforce the "voice" most fundamental to baroque accompaniment: the bass line. This core duo is always included in the Continuo Collective’s concerts and joined by a variety of instrumentalists or vocalists depending upon the repertoire being performed. The members of the Continuo Collective of the South are Pawel Kozak, violin; Justin Resley, ‘cello; and Pawel Kozak, violin.

Our church enjoys a fine tradition of quality ministry through music.

Comprised of vocal, handbell, and instrumental ensembles, the music ministry is a comprehensive program of eight ensembles that offers opportunities for service, musical education, and spiritual enrichment to people all ages. Its primary purpose is to enrich the worship of God. It also serves an important role in Christian formation to those involved and outreach to the surrounding community.

Members of the choirs receive a quality musical education, and lead worship for Sunday services from September through May. They also lead the music in special worship services and other events during the year. Concerts and other performances are offered to the public as a part of our Reid Arts series. Various instrumental soloists and ensembles are utilized throughout the year. The music ministry at Reid Memorial involves more than one hundred people, ages four to adult.


Opportunities to join


Children’s Choir : Grades 1 - 5
This choir rehearses on Wednesdays 5:30pm on Sunday Evenings in the Choir Room of the Music Suite. The children learn the fundamentals of music, singing technique, and the importance of music in worship. In addition to singing periodically for morning worship, the children present one or two musical productions each year. Last year’s Table for Five . . . Thousand! was especially well received by the congregation.

Young Women’s Ensemble : Young Women Grades 9-12
This group leads our congregation in worship through scripture-based worship songs at the opening of Sunday morning worship. Rehearsals TBA 

Reid Steel (Steel Drum Band): Grades 9-12
Young people can have a taste of the Caribbean in our very own steel drum band. Reid Memorial is proud to own a set of imported steel pans from Trinidad: C-lead, two Double Seconds, and Cello. Prior musical training is helpful, but not necessary. Rehearsals take place in the Choir Room of the Music Suite on Sundays immediately following worship.

Instrumentalists : Open to all musicians at Reid Memorial 
RCMP is fortunate to have members of all ages who play various woodwind, brass, percussion and string instruments. Instrumental music greatly enriches our worship, and offers many who may be shy about singing an avenue for musical expression. Ensembles meet as the need arises, and play for special worship services during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. 

Chancel Choir: 

Open to adults with a strong desire to sing and who can commit to regular rehearsals. The Chancel Choir is the flagship ensemble of Reid Memorial, and sings for the weekly 10:30 a.m. worship service and in concerts from time to time. The repertoire is ambitious, and a weekly rehearsal commitment is asked. Some of the major works sung by the choir include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Gloria and Te Deum, Holst’s Christmas Day, and Poulenc's Gloria. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays, 7:15-9 p.m. and are held in the Choir Room of the Music Suite.

The Masters Ringers : Open to adults

Reid Memorial is privileged to own two sets of Schulmerich handbells (three- and five-octave), and a five-octave set of handchimes. The Master's Ringers is an experienced choir of advanced ringers who play moderately difficult music. Rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings 6:15-7:30 p.m., and are held in the Handbell Room of the Music Suite. The trip to the Handbell Weekend at Lutheridge is a yearly treat.


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