Instrumental Ensembles

The Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir rehearses seasonally on Sundays after church. Directed by Emily Clough, talented flutist and musician, our handbell choir is growing and so is our collection of handbells, all donated in loving memory and/or thanksgiving. No prior musical training is required to join the Bells, and older kids and teens are also welcome to join! Contact the office at for more information.

The Sligo Creek Recorder Group

The Sligo Creek Recorder Group rehearses at various times when they are playing during worship services or at a special community event. Under the direction of Maybelle Kagy, talented musician and retired music teacher, the recorder group brings joy not only to Ascension Church but to many others as they do outreach with their music in venues outside of the church. Contact the office at for more information.

Karen Ashbrook, Paul Oorts, and Sophie Chang

Ascension is blessed to have Karen Ashbrook — world-renowned hammered dulcimer musician, composer, teacher, and Healing Musician — as a member of the church. Karen often plays at special worship services, and on Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings. You may order Karen’s CDs at You will find yourself transported to a place of peace and tranquility, as you listen to her beautiful Celtic and Folk Music pieces. She often performs as the KA/PO duo with her husband Paul Oorts (talented harp guitar, 10-string cittern, mandolin, and musette accordion player), or as a trio with fellow Ascension member and cellist Sophie Chang.

Instrumental Solos and Chamber Music

We have a number of Ascensionites who play instruments and enjoy performing solo or duet pieces for church services. Both children and adults are welcome to volunteer their time and musical talents! Contact music director Bailey Joy Myers at if interested.