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Mrs. Linda Beville
Organist and Choir Director

 

Linda came to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in March, 2015 as organist and choir director. She retired from teaching music in Prince William County Public Schools and moved to Winchester. She has been involved in the music ministries of various Episcopal churches for over 40 years. Linda works closely with the Rector and church members to have a rich and diverse musical support for worship. In addition to the regular Sunday service at 11:15 (Rite II with music), Emmanuel has had several choral Evensongs, a Service of Advent Lessons and Carols and Christmas Lessons and Carols. Service music is enriched by guest musicians.  While centering on traditional Episcopal hymns, styles for preludes, postludes and anthems are very diverse and reflect contemporary, folk heritage, classical and spiritual traditions. 

Opportunities for serving in our music ministry are the Sanctuary Choir, the Hand Bell Choir and as a congregational member.

  • The Sanctuary Choir meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads service music and hymns. They prepare anthems and special music for services like Christmas and Easter. To be a choir member is one of the most committed positions in the church.  Our Sanctuary Choir has some of Emmanuel's most dedicated members.
  • The Hand Bell Choir was recently reformed.  Hand Bell membership welcomes people who are not music readers. The group performs several times a year. Rehearsal is on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.
  • Congregational member is everyone who participates in corporate worship. Our services have hymns and service music traditional to the Episcopal Church. We have two hymn books: The 1987 "Blue" hymnal and the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal with traditional gospel and American heritage hymns. Congregational singing is the most important part of a strong music ministry.

"When I came to Emmanuel, I found a vibrant and engaged group of people who seemed so down to earth that they weren't aware of their own extraordinary gifts. Time and again, I have been told by the Holy Spirit that my spiritual home is Emmanuel Church. Please consider visiting Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and if you are called, share in our own Music Ministry."