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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. Please contact Libby Wiebel (olivetmusicva@gmail.com) if you are interested in becoming a member.

Our Music Minster

Libby Wiebel is the interim music minister at Olivet. Ms. Wiebel is a lifelong participant in music ministry. Raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, she also spent a number of years actively involved in music ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia. She has served as a choirister, cantor, pianist/organist, soloist, and worship band member. Having been a substitute pianist for a variety of Northern Virginia congregations, she is familiar with a wide variety of worship styles and denominations. Since coming to Olivet in 2014, she has come to learn and appreciate the rich music tradition that the Episcopal Church embraces. She is as comfortable with plainsong as she is with contemporary praise music, though her preference is for traditional hymnody as well as music from the Sacred Harp and Appalachian folk traditions.

Ms. Wiebel studied music at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, and folk guitarist, and since the repair of the chapel organ, she has been learning organ. Outside of Olivet she owns and operates the Libby Wiebel Music Studio through which she gives private music lessons to local children and adults. She is a member of the Northern Virginia chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Handbell Musicians of America, and the Music Teachers National Association.

Libby Wiebel, olivetmusicva@gmail.com