Music at Christ Episcopal

The congregation’s singing voice is its principal musical instrument. We use the Hymnal 1982 as our primary source for hymns and liturgies, but also draw from the Hymnal 1982’s supplement Wonder, Love, & Praise (1997), as well as the hymnal Lift Every Voice and Sing II (1993) and the Worship & Praise Songbook (1999). Most congregational singing is accompanied on our Allen digital organ.

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir led by Director Dan Laaveg

Our Chancel Choir is open to all singers from high school age and up. Composed of 19 men’s and women’s voices, we rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm in the sanctuary. The choir sings nearly every Sunday at the 10:30am service from September-May, with a warm-up before the service from 10:00-10:15am to review that day’s anthem. The choir also sings at holy days such as Christmas Eve and a few Holy Week services. For more information, contact the choir director, Dan Laaveg, by email at daniel-laaveg@uiowa.edu

New singers are always welcome! 

Bell Choir

Christ Episcopal Church has a wonderful set of Schulmerich bells. Our Bell Choir rehearses at 5:30 on Tuesday evenings. They perform 3-4 times per year at the 10:30 service. Experience in reading music is preferred but not required. For more information, contact Dan Laaveg, who will put you in touch with the bell choir director, Janet Leary. 

Come ring with us!

Special Music

Are you interested in providing special music, especially during the summer months when the ensembles are on break? Contact Dan Laaveg at if you would like to bless our worship with your musical talents.

A native of Clear Lake, Iowa, Dan Laaveg, Music Director is in the fourth year of the doctoral program in Organ Performance at the University of Iowa, having completed his Master’s in Organ Performance in 2016 also from Iowa. He currently studies organ with Dr. Greg Hand, and his previous teachers include Dr. Melanie Sigafoose, Dr. Karen Black, and MaryLou Wielenga. He completed his undergraduate degree in vocal music education from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He taught choir in public schools for five years before deciding to attend graduate school to prepare for a career in church music. Besides playing his degree recitals in Iowa City, he has played organ recitals in Orange City, Waverly, and Postville, and participated in an international organ festival in Switzerland in 2018. Prior to accepting the Director of Music position here at Christ Episcopal Church, he served as the Worship Director at First Presbyterian Church in Marengo, Iowa, since November 2015.