Music in Worship

Music in Worship

Our music on Sunday mornings is a wonderful expression of the creative talents of those in our parish family who are musicians – with their voices and on a variety of instruments. A 3-manual, 52-rank Gress-Miles pipe organ (Organ specifications with photos.) provides a marvelous foundation to the choral excellence of our choir and the strong congregational singing tradition at Christ Church.  But don’t be surprised if you also hear a string quartet, a flute, an oboe, a clarinet, or even a jazz saxophone!

Christ Church Choir

The Christ Church Choir sings at church services on a weekly basis September through June.  Members come from a wide spectrum of musical backgrounds, but all enjoy the challenges and rewards that result from immersion in the church choral tradition.   The choir also sings for concerts and special services throughout the year.

The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:30 PM and Sunday mornings before the Eucharist.  If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Laura Russell, our Music Minister, through the church office at 845/452-8220, or by emailing [email protected]

Our Music Minister

Dr. Laura Ramsey Russell was installed as Music Minister of Christ Church in October, 2015.  She started as  Choir Director in September 2001, but was also named Organist in June 2007.  Laura holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Hartt School, and a MFA from SUNY Purchase. She has served on the faculties of Marist College and Dutchess Community College in the Hudson Valley, and has taught at the music conservatories of SUNY Purchase and the Hartt School.