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Music in our church is vital.  The Chancel Choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymns, and also offers choral music of the highest order.  We are fortunate to have an outstanding and talented organist, as well as an excellent organ and piano that provides the music each Sunday.

"Music washes away the dust of everyday life”

                                                                - Gary H. Geivet

Meet The Team

Gary H. Geivet


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Former Special Ed Teacher at Kern County Superintendent of Schools.


Gary loves living in beautiful Kernville in the Sierra Nevadas, enjoying his time here at the church and at the local museum as Docent.

Gary's also a member of Kern River Valley Education and Cultural Foundation.

Enjoy "King All Glorious" sung by the Chancel Choir

Helen Smoot


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Studied Music - Piano Performance at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Helen lives in Lake Isabella where she enjoys teaching piano to people of the community, from young, old, to everyone in between.  Helen can almost always be found with her students in the music studio.  Her passion and love of music shows in each weeks service.

Enjoy Helen Smoot playing "Festal Fanfare," by J.S. Bach

What is a Chancel?

A Chancel Choir for the ages

In church architecture, the chancel is the space around the altar, including the choir and the sanctuary (sometimes called the presbytery), at the liturgical east end of a traditional Christian church building.  It may terminate in an apse. It is generally the area used by the clergy and choir during worship, while the congregation is in the nave. Direct access may be provided by a priest's door, usually on the south side of the church.  This is one definition, sometimes called the "strict" one; in practice in churches where the eastern end contains other elements such as an ambulatory and side chapels, these are also often counted as part of the chancel, especially when discussing architecture.  In smaller churches, where the altar is backed by the outside east wall and there is no distinct choir, the chancel and sanctuary may be the same area. In churches with a retro-quire area behind the altar, this may only be included in the broader definition of chancel.

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