"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord."
Music is a very important aspect of the worship experience at Amelia Plantation Chapel. Our philosophy of "music in worship" is consistent with that of an interdenominational church: the beauty of music and other fine arts is inspirational and motivating. The arts, we believe, open minds and strengthen faith. They also bring peace and comfort that allow "windows" to open so that one is better able to hear the messages of truth from the Bible, the spoken word, and life itself.
We are blessed with our talented choir, Music Director, Don Edwards, and Organist, Peter Deane. The Chapel Choir, composed of forty voices, sings for all services and for special occasions. In addition, guest soloists and musicians are frequently featured. The repertoire of the choral music has a basically traditional emphasis, but also presents contemporary music, spirituals and gospel selections, as well as selections which are examples of diversity in music for worship. Typically, there is an extended Prelude beginning at 9:00 a.m. before the 9:15 a.m. service begins, consisting of special music presented by solo instrumentalists, duets, and organ.
Periodically, the Chapel Choir, with the assistance of instrumentalists from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, presents major musical works, such as Faure Requiem, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, Schubert Mass in G, and many others.
There is no audition required to join the choir and all are welcome to attend rehearsals on Wednesdays and to sing with the choir on Sunday mornings. During the year, classes in music theory, singing, and recorders are offered. The Chapel Choir sings for community organizations, participates in local Christmas programs, periodically performs at the Osprey Village Assisted Living facility, and participated in the AGO Festival of Choirs in 2007.