Baptist Church of the Covenant Music


We believe continual study is advantageous when striving to be good stewards of these gifts. Training for the development of our musical gifts begins with our preschool-age children and continues through adulthood. Opportunities to use these gifts are provided in our worship services as well as times of fellowship.

Also rehearsing weekly is our adult handbell choir. BCOC also periodically provides training for music leadership by employing a music internship. The music intern works primarily with the children and preschool choirs, as well as being a member of the adultchoir.

We find opportunities to return our gifts by participating in the worship services of BCOC as well as the times of fellowship.

Covenant Choir sings weekly for the morning worship and for special services. The children’s choir, youth choir, and Covenant Ringers (adult handbell choir) provide music for the worship services frequently throughout the year, especially during the holiday seasons. Instrumentalists are used frequently both for choral accompaniment and service music (prelude, offertory, or postlude.) Vocal soloists are also used on a regular basis.

Worship at BCOC is characterized by uplifting hymn singing, “thought-provoking” sermons, and stirring choral music. The music of the Sunday worship at BCOC is led by a 34-rank mechanical action pipe organ built by the Noack Organ Company of Georgetown, Massachusetts in 2013. The styles of anthems vary within the parameters of traditional choral music, ranging from J. S. Bach to John Rutter. Our hymnody is wide in scope encompassing the traditional chorales of the seventeenth century (and earlier) to the gospel hymns of the nineteenth and twentieth century to hymns of the twenty-first century. Our worship follows the lectionary and also contains litanies, scripture readings, and prayers led both by clergy and congregants.

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Instruments at BCOC

The congregation and choir at BCOC are accompanied by a 34-rank mechanical action pipe organ built by the Noack Organ Company of Georgetown, Massachusetts. Flamed copper pipes form the façade of the organ with the longest pipe being over 16 feet tall.  

A six-foot Baldwin grand piano in the sanctuary is used for occasional accompaniment of choirs and soloists. The choir rehearsal room has a Yamaha grand piano. Other pianos include three Yahama studiopianos: one in the Bock-Mayse Ministry center, another in thechildren's choir rehearsal room (213) and the third in room 203, as well as a Yahama upright piano in the fellowship hall.  The church has a five-octave set of Schumerich handbells and a three-octave set of Malmark hand chimes. BCOC also owns a full consort of baroque recorders made by the Artists Ltd, Company.

Covenant Choir

Covenant choir is an adult choir open to any singer high school age and older.  Covenant choir rehearses weekly at 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Occasional extra rehearsals or retreats are scheduled before major projects. This choir is responsible for worship leadership each week, as well as several special programs throughout the year. Covenant choir sings a wide range of traditional choral literature. Handel’s Messiah, Requiems by Fauré, Mozart, Brahmsand Rutter, as well as Rutter’s Gloria, and Britten’s A Ceremony ofCarols are among the many larger works presented by theCovenant Choir in special seasons of the year. These programs areusually accompanied by members of the Alabama SymphonyOrchestra and frequently use professional area soloists. CovenantChoir is directed by Dan Lawhon, BCOC Organist-Choirmaster.

Covenant Ringers

Covenant Ringers ring five octaves of Schulmerich handbells and three octaves of Malmark hand chimes. Rehearsals are Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.  The handbell choir plays several times throughout the year and gives a spring concert. The group is open to anyone high school age and above who can read music, as positions are open. The Covenant Ringers are led by Dan Lawhon, BCOC Organist-Choirmaster.

Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir at BCOC meets on Wednesday night at 5:45 p.m. This choir is for children grades one through six. The primary purpose of the choir is to develop both music-reading skills and vocal skills in our children. The children’s choir helps lead in worship several times throughout the year. The children’s choir is a major contributor to our  Children’s Sabbath service in the summer.

Preschool Choir

The Preschool Choir at BCOC meets on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. The preschool choir is designed to develop basic musical and vocal skills. Emphasis is placed on training, instead of worship leadership, with this age group. The preschool choir will occasionally join with the children’s choir during services such as the “Hanging of the Green.”

Youth Choir

Covenant Youth Choir meets weekly on Sunday at 5 p.m. The choir is open to singers in the seventh to twelfth grades. The youth choir sings anthems in worship several times during the year. They have occasionally attended the Capitol YouthCue event in Washington, D. C. This event draws youth choirs from across the country to work together and present a final concert in the National Cathedral.The youth choir has also collaborated with the BCOC’s Covenant Choir to present the musical Celebrate Life by Buryl Red. This involves actors, singers and instrumentalists from our youth and adults.

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