Music at Cedar Lane
The music program of a church is an essential element in building and
sustaining a church community, both through the music, which is an integral
part of worship, and in the involvement of the members of that community,
including children and youth, in all aspects of the program. We invite you to
explore the many opportunities available in the musical life of Cedar Lane.
There is a long-standing tradition of
excellence in music at Cedar Lane. The congregation has always
expected and supported a program which seeks to enhance the life of
the church with music of a consistently high caliber. A large adult
choir with some professional singers presents a varied repertoire of
choral music at worship services. Along with the junior, youth
choirs all ages are offered excellent opportunities to learn about
singing, music, and the role music plays in worship. Our newest
adult group, Gruppo Piccolo (Italian for "small group"), is a
small vocal ensemble, which generally performs "a capella" with no
more than three singers on a part.
In March of 1985, a contract was signed with Cannarsa Organs for the construction of a 51-rank, four-manual pipe
organ, at that time the largest instrument in Montgomery County. The
installation was completed in the fall of 1987, and was celebrated
by a year-long festival which included special services and an organ
In December 2000, an overwhelmingly successful
campaign was launched to fund an extensive renovation of the organ.
Improvements included refurbishment of the console and a complete
update of the keying system which provided for an expanded stop list
and MIDI capability, as well as the addition of a number of new
digital voices from the Walker Technical Company. More digital
voices were added in 2007. The resulting
instrument is one of the finest in the Washington, DC area.
here to learn about our wonderful Director of Music,
Dr. Henry Sgrecci. We are pleased to have
our Organist, Thom Guthrie,
Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m.
(August - May)
Children's Choir Thursday, 6
- 6:30 p.m. (September - April)
Youth Choir Thursday,
6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
(September - April)
Youth Bell Choir
- 8 p.m.
(September - April)
Bell Canto of Thursday, 8 - 9:15 p.m. (September - April)
Sunday - June & July - 9:15 a.m. (Adults
Do you have a song in your heart? Want to
hear it cross your lips, or move through your hands? Now is the perfect time to
be thinking about singing and ringing in our Vocal and Handbell Choirs.
Rehearsals for the Adult Choir will begin on Wednesday evening, September 5. Our
intergenerational handbell ensemble, Bell Canto, will be rehearsing on Thursday
evenings at 8 p.m.