A history of Ascension’s early years noted that "music which accompanied worship at the Church of the Ascension was widely known for its beauty and general excellence" – a commitment that continues to draw worshipers and for which the parish continues to be widely known today.
The all-professional Ascension Choir, led by Choirmaster Benjamin Rivera, sings at the Solemn High Mass on Sundays from Michaelmas (September 29) to Corpus Christi (May or June) and for Holy Day masses throughout the year.
Organist David White accompanies the Ascension Choir, serves as Organist and Cantor for all sung masses, offers monthly recitals in conjunction with Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and serves as organist for funerals, weddings and on other occasions.
Our parish musicians have numerous additional professional commitments beyond Ascension and are highly familiar with the professional music culture and opportunities in Chicago, the Episcopal Church and beyond. They are available to field inquiries about singing in the choir, our repertoire, organ lessons or any other aspect of music ministry at Ascension and in the Episcopal Church.
The Schrader Organ, which has three manuals and 64 ranks, was installed by the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York, in 1964; a new console was installed and some tonal alterations performed by the Berghaus Organ Company of Bellwood, Illinois, in 1984 and 2001.
Berghaus also made sure the organ was in top shape for the 2006 American Guild of Organists National Convention, when the Church of the Ascension was the venue for performances by Russian organist Alexander Fiseisky and performance seminars by German organist Stefan Engels.
An article, photographs, and specifications are available here [PDF]. This material is an excerpt from Dennis Northway's excellent Pipe Organs of Chicago. The Schrader organ continues to be maintained by Berghaus Organ Company.
"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
Church of the Ascension
1133 N La Salle Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610-2601
Sunday Worship Schedule
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Said Mass, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass, Rite II
11:00 a.m. Solemn High Mass, Rite II, with the Ascension Choir
Our free parking lot is located on the northeast corner of La Salle Boulevard and Maple Street.