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Music Ministry at Olivet

We recognize that music can be an important part of the worship experience, and our weekly Sunday, 10:30am, Rite II service features congregational hymns, instrumental music, and small group/solo music. Most of our music is selected from Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, and other Episcopal music resources.

The Chapel Organ

Olivet's historic chapel is home to a Geo. Kilgan & Son Victorian era tracker organ. The action of the organ is mechanical, and there is a slot on the side of the organ case where bellows were once used to pump air into the organ for its operation. While the hand pumped bellows have been replaced with an electric blower, the organ is otherwise unmodified from its original building. It was previously housed in a private residence in Escanaba, Michigan, but Olivet bought it and brought it here in 1999. In recent years, the organ fell out of use and needed some restoration work, but in 2016, repairs were made and the organ was once again brought into use, debuting at the 2016 Christmas Eve services.

Community Bell Choir

Olivet is blessed to own a three-octave set of Malmark English handbells. The Olivet Community Bell Choir meets weekly throughout the school year and prepares music for church services as well as community outreach performances. Members of Olivet as well as members of the community in and around Alexandria are welcome to join. We are a beginning leveled bell choir and teach the basics of bell ringing and music reading. We welcome adults, teens, and children fourth grade and up who are accompanied by an adult.