Music

Adult Choir

An integral part of our worship at Saint James, the Adult Choir is a group of 12 to 16 dedicated vocalists join to make a joyful noise to the Lord (and help the rest of us). Parishioners who can either read music or love to sing are invited to lead the congregation in the hymns appointed for the service, as well as performing offertory anthems, cantor leadership—the versical—for the singing of the Psalms, and other preces. The Adult Choir rehearses during the school year on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please contact the church office for more information about membership.

Youth Choir

Membership in the Saint James Youth Choir is open to anyone in first grade through high school who has an interest in becoming a chorister. The group sings monthly at 10:30 Holy Eucharist and during Easter and Christmas services. Accompaniment by wind instruments and bells are occasionally used. During the school year, the Youth Choir rehearses for about 30 minutes on Wednesdays starting at 6:15 p.m. To learn more about your child joining, please contact Jim Winfree, 423-361-2108.

The Organs

Saint James’ single-manual pipe organ is the only surviving instrument made by the Baltimore, Maryland builder James Hall (1803-1888). The 1845 Hall Organ was used full time until 1949, when Mary Gertrude Fox gave a small three-rank Möller Organ which was used until the spring of 1994. The Möller Organ, which was given to Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Knoxville, was replaced by the three-manual and pedal organ with 20 ranks, built by the Schantz Organ Company of Orville, Ohio. It was first used on Palm Sunday, 1994. For more detailed specifications of the 1994 Schantz Organ, please click here.

The Hymnal 1982

The Hymnal 1982 is a collection of hymns, tunes, and service music authorized for use in the Episcopal Church. It is seventh in a series of official hymnals (1789, 1826, 1871, 1892, 1916, 1940, and 1982) that are strongly founded on congregational singing. The Hymnal 1982 contains 720 hymns and compliments the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Several excerpts can be found here.