The music department of All Saints Church is affiliated with The Royal School of Church Music. The principles, techniques, and ideals of The Royal School are employed in all areas of our music program.
The Choir meets for rehearsal at 9 a.m. each Sunday in the Music Room (#23) of the Parish Center.
Adolescents and adults are encouraged to become a part of the music program at All Saints. Not only is it a fine opportunity for fellowship for the individual, but it adds beauty and splendor to the liturgy of our church.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the music program, please contact Frank Rippl.
The job is a plum one. We share the block with Lawrence Conservatory and the Memorial Chapel. Heid Music store is half a block away (It's one of the few remaining music stores in the state), and it is close to countless restaurants and coffee shops! We have a long history of fine music making in our hymnody, choir singing, and organ playing. We have been blessed.
I spoke with Fr. Harrison about all of this. We agreed that my final Sunday will be Jan. 7th, 2018.
A search committee has been formed and an interview process will begin shortly.
Know that I love you all, and know that you will always be held closely in my prayers, cherished in my memories and thoughts, and, finally, know that I shall now be out in the pews as part of that larger choir. If it weren't for that crazy walker I must use, I should prefer to enter the church by the front door after all these years. But I'll need the elevator, so I'll keep on coming in the north door as I have for 46 years! See you around!
My dear friends,
The time has come when I must announce my retirement from a job I've held since September of 1971. Having served as Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints in Appleton, has been an incredible honor all these years, and I shall miss serving a parish, and a people I dearly love. I shall miss playing an organ that has become my voice, my vehicle for offering praise to God, accompanying all of you as you sing, and leading the hymn singing of the members of the congregation.
However, It has become increasingly obvious to me that it is time. Old age (!), my continuing battle with rheumatoid arthritis and other problems, have gotten in the way of the service that All Saints deserves. I cannot walk the 5 blocks from my house to the church to practice. My stiff spine prevents me from doing something as simple as bending down to tie and untie my organ shoes (my dear wife does that for me). All of which means that I cannot prepare for a service as I should and as this great church deserves. I cannot reach the anthem folders in the bottom drawers of the file cabinets. I can no longer play the literature that involves any fancy pedaling. Thank God I can improvise.
All Saints deserves better. It needs new and younger blood. It needs someone with energy who can restart a children's choir, perhaps a middle and high school choir that will teach and stress good singing and music making in the classical traditions of the Episcopal church. We have a lot of young people just now in our parish just waiting to be led!
Frank Rippl Music Scholar Endowment Fund
An endowment fund has been established to honor the service of Frank Rippl, organist and choirmaster 1971-2018. To learn more and how to give, click here.