Here, at Heavenly Rest, our intergenerational community of welcoming, gifted, and enthusiastic people seeks to express our deepest spirituality through music. Think about a song that touches your heart, is deeply meaningful to you, and inspires you in sacred contemplation. Music allows us to go beyond the limitations of our physicality, gives our prayers wings, draws us into community, and helps to create a language that is more than words alone, which allows us to be more fully in communion with God.

We offer a wide range of musical expression here: the great hymns of our Anglican faith tradition sung with our congregation; liturgical music sung by our soloists at our Sunday 9am Eucharist and by our Adult and Youth Choirs at our 10:30am Eucharist. We also offer contemplative candlelit chants at our Sunday 7pm Night Prayer, harp and piano at our Wednesday 6:30pm Celtic Service, and a summer Jazz Vespers with its popular singalong finale. Come lift your voice with us!

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Adults

We are a group of volunteer singers and talented section leaders in an easygoing and dedicated community. To accommodate busy New Yorkers, our Parish Choir of approximately 35 adult members rehearses before and after the Sunday 10:30am Eucharist service.  

At 9:10am, we gather in our Choir Room for coffee and danish, and review the hymns and anthems to be sung during the service. After a break during coffee hour, we meet from Noon until 12:30pm to practice music for the following Sunday.

If you have past experience singing in a choir, have a blending voice, and can read music easily, we’d love to hear from you!

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Children

Participation in a church choir is one of the most meaningful experiences a child can have as it creates fellowship with other children as part of a caring Christian community. We have fun together, share music-making, create lifetime love and familiarity with hymns, and grow spiritually through experiencing the great poetry and music of the church.

In a typical after-school rehearsal, young people socialize, sing, learn to read music through games, create art projects – and enjoy refreshments, and occasional pizza! Our programs here welcome youth ages 4 through 18 from the church and larger community. We have a great time in Choir and we would love for your child to join us!  

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Handbells

Our group of handbell enthusiasts is a wonderful group of adult ringers who enjoy playing as part of an ensemble experience – and the beautiful timbre of pitched bells as an instrument in both sacred settings, and occasionally outdoors! We play for special, seasonal services, such as Christmas and Easter, with a rehearsal or two prior to the event. We welcome new members; necessary skills are a sense of rhythm and the basic ability to read music notation.

We are fortunate to have a four octave set of Malmark Handbells; their unique sound lends a joyous accompaniment to many occasions.

Interested in making music?
Mollie Nichols, Director of Music, can answer your questions –  
mnichols@heavenlyrest.org, 212-289-3400 ext. 204