Music at Mount Vernon

Handbells, Mount Vernon Church, 12-14-08


Aldersgate Choir – In addition to singing at the 11 a.m. service on most Sundays, the Aldersgate Choir presents a Christmas music service each December and a choral music service each spring. Rehearsals are usually on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (Rehearsal days and times change during the summer months and before special programs.) Check the Music Minstry Calendar.


Epworth Choir  – This small but dedicated adult choir sings at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday service and joins the Aldersgate Choir to present the Christmas music service. The choir meets at 8 a.m. for a rehearsal before the 8:30 Sunday service.

Aldersgate Ringers
This handbell choir rings often at Sunday services and at the annual Christmas music service. The choir plays intermediate handbell music on five octives of Malmark English handbells. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. until noon (followed by a potluck lunch).


Wesley Ringers –  Open to all ringers age 12 and older, this choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The choir rings often at Sunday services.

Children's choirs have become a vital part of worship at Mount Vernon in the past few years. Younger elementary-age children, older elementary children, and youth sing separately and in various combinations, and all these choirs join to present a Christmas program and a spring program. They rehearse on Sunday mornings during part of the Sunday school hour, and on Wednesdays from 6:30 till 7:30 p.m. during the school year.

Kaleidoscope Music Camp - After several of our childrenenjoyed attending Kaleidoscope Music Camp in Richmond in 2016, we organized our own music camp in summer 2017 (to fit the Danville schools schedule). It was held at a 4-H center near Abingdon, Virginia, and was such a success it will be an annual event, open to rising third- to sixth-graders.




The Praise Team, a group of young adult singers, has recently formed and sings occasionally at 11 a.m. Sunday services. They rehearse on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Want to join a choir? Call Tim Navis, 793-6824.


Tim Navis came to Mount Vernon in August, 2009. He has a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University, Wisconsin, and in addition to organ, he plays piano, percussion, and marimba. He and his wife, Leslie, have two young sons. Tim came to Mount Vernon from Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Va. He is a native of Wisconsin.


The organ at Mount Vernon Church was built in 1860 by the Boston firm of Simmons and Willcox for the First Church Congregational in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was later moved to St. Philip's Roman Catholic Church, and when that church closed its doors, the instrument was placed in Pipe organ at Mt. Vernon UMC, Danville, VAstorage by the Organ Historical Society. The organ was purchased by Mount Vernon in 1988 and restored and enlarged by George Bozeman and Company of Deerfield, New Hampshire. The mechanical action instrument includes thirty stops and thirty-three ranks of pipes over two manuals and pedal.

For more information about the organ and its history, see:

HISTORY OF THE ORGAN AT MOUNT VERNON, by Alan Laufman, executive director, Organ Clearing House


In 2001, National Public Radio's Pipedreams featured notable organs of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina, including the organ at Mount Vernon Church. You can hear the program, "Some Southern Comfort," at

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