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Mr. Charles Parsons

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Music Director

Phone: (651) ***-****  HQ Phone
Hamline United Methodist Church
1514 Englewood Ave.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
United States

Company Description: Hamline Church offers educational opportunities to its toddler through adult aged students throughout the church year and Vacation Bible School in summer. We are...   more
Background

Employment History

  • UMC's Current Music Director
    Hamline United Methodist Church
  • Music Director and Organist
    H.U.M.C
  • Director and Organist
    Central Lutheran
  • Co-Founder and Director
    Comline Choir
  • Director and Co-Founder
    Compline Music

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Master of Sacred Music in Organ Performance
    Southern Methodist University
  • Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance
    Concordia College
81 Total References
Web References
hamlinechurch.org - Hamline United Methodist Church
www.hamlinechurch.org, 4 May 2012 [cached]
Charles (Chuck) Parsons (Music) 2005-2010
The Minnesota Compline Choir
www.minnesotacompline.org, 1 Feb 2012 [cached]
Soon after, Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis ended its sponsorship of the choir, directed for 14 years by Chuck Parsons.
But then Parsons became music director at Hamline, and the church also welcomed the choir.
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Charles Parsons, who formed the choir and has been its only director and organist, commands with a demeanor that is easy-going yet fully expectant of precision. Choir members join by audition only, and there is very little turnover from one year to the next.
"I feel very strongly that if a choir doesn't chant well, it doesn't sing together well, because it's so basic," Parsons said.
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There is not even a rustle for five minutes, until Parsons gets a warning light on the organ and holds up his open hand as a five-second signal to the choir.
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Parsons and Steve Cornils, then Central's pastor and still a Compline choir member, were eager to start a Compline service and have it aired on radio.
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"When people do come, they usually say they came to see what they heard on the radio," Parsons said.
hamlinechurch.org - Hamline United Methodist Church
www.hamlinechurch.org, 18 April 2010 [cached]
The choir, formerly led by our Director of Music, Chuck Parsons, will be 'going on the road' under its new director, James R. Biery, continuing to offer their special evening service to many different congregations.
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We were invited to tune in to MPR for an interview with our Music Director, Chuck Parsons. It was streamed continuously today after 3:30PM at: minnesota.publicradio.org
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The majestic pipe organ will also be featured at the benefit concert, as H.U.M.C's music director and organist Chuck Parsons will perform. Other "surprise" guests will complete an afternoon of "Harmony for H.U.M.C."
In his four years at H.U.M.C., Mr. Parsons has grown the adult choir from 7-24 voices, added adult and children's handbell choirs, a brass group, Compline Choir of Mn and a Choral Scholar Program.
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Over the years, Hamline UMC's current Music Director, Charles Parsons, has touched hearts through the ministry of the Minnesota Compline Choir. In February,2009, he announced that he wanted to step aside from the Choir. Sunday, May 17 at 8:30 PM, marked the last Compline service celebrated under the direction of Charles Parsons over the past 19 years, first at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis (1992-2005)and since 2005 at Hamline UMC here in St. Paul.
We are indebtd to Chuck for his hard work with Compline over the years and we look forward to the Mn Compline Choir continuing here under new direction next fall after the summer break.
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The Hamline Chancel Choir, directed by Charles Parsons, will be Church of the Good Shepherd's guests at their 10:30 service.
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Which has offered evening worship in our sanctuary, the choir, then under the direction of Hamline UMC's Music Director, Charles Parsons, released its latest CD on April 27, 2008.
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Stop by after the postlude or during the week and I would be happy to show you how our magnificent Casavant has been restored. - Chuck Parsons
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A NOTE FROM CHARLES PARSONS
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The choirs collaborated with Charles Parsons, Music Director at HUMC.
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Hamline UMC's Music Director, Charles Parsons will be beginning his third year with us in June, 2007. The choir, bell choir, and children's choir (all now on summer hiatus) have been flourishing over the past two years. We are grateful to him for his enthusiastic service to our congregation.
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presented by the Minnesota Compline Choir (a men's choral ensemble), under the direction of Charles Parsons, is a contemplative worship service held at 8:30PM each Sunday. - See the Minnesota Compline Choir website. NOTE: Weekly rebroadcasts of the Compline services can be found: on KKMS-AM 980 on Saturday evenings - at 8PM.
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For information, contact Chuck Parsons: (651) 603-7083.
The Minnesota Compline Choir
www.minnesotacompline.org, 14 Mar 2012 [cached]
Parsons Retires from Compline Choir
Charles Parsons, co-founder and director of the Comline Choir since 1992, has announced that he will be retiring from his leadership role with the choir at the end of this season.
The Minnesota Compline Choir was created by Parsons with Rev. Dr. Steve Cornils in 1992 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Over the years, Chuck managed to balance the demands of the ministry with an infectious sense of humor. The souls in the congregation and Choir alike have all benefited from his laughter, his respect for the procession, his genius as an organist, his mastery of choral arrangement and descant composition and his love of the Psalms.
The choir's Board of Directors has initiated a search for a successor to Parsons with the intention that there will be no interruption in the singing of the worship service.
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The album was recorded in the spring of 2007 and the winter of 2008 in the beautiful sanctuary of Hamline United Methodist Church, and, in addition to the choral anthems, features organist Charles Parsons on the magnificent 64-rank Casavant organ.
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First is Charles Parsons' arrangement of J. W. Franck's "O Jesus, Grant Me hope and Comfort.
The Minnesota Compline Choir
www.minnesotacompline.org, 13 April 2012 [cached]
The Minnesota Compline Choir formed under the direction of Charles A. Parsons at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota where it kept the office of Compline from 1992 to 2005. The Choir had been resident at Hamline United Methodist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota from October 2005 through January 2010 and is now in search for a new permanent residence.
Mr. Parsons retired from the Choir at the end of the 2008-2009 Season.
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Charles Parsons, then Director of Music for Central Lutheran, traveled to St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle in order to explore the possibility of implementing a Compline liturgy.
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-- Charles A Parsons, Former Compline Music Director/Co-Founder
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Charles Parsons, former director of the choir, often comments on the natural expressiveness of the group as they shape musical phrases and breathe in unison without instruction as if they had been singing together for hundreds of years.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. You have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Former Compline Music Director Charles Parsons and Pastor Steve Cornils brought the concept of having a Compline Choir to fruition in the spring of 1992 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
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They questioned whether they could gather enough male voices to sing together past the first year, but Charles and Steve were pleasantly surprised as the group grew in number and ability with little turnover from year to year.
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"A decade ago, my former colleague, Charles Parsons, suggested presenting an additional worship experience each Sunday night, a service similar to the popular Compline experience offered to a full sanctuary of parishioners and University of Washington students who gather weekly in St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.
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