The important place of instrumental music in worship can be traced back to its beginnings in 1 Chronicles 15. Instruments were used to announce the coming of the ark of the covenant. Since the ark represented the presence of God, these instruments were used to announce the coming of the presence of the Lord. The Briarlake Orchestra is continuing to develop its ministry to dynamically announce God’s presence each week in worship.
Briarlake’s Orchestra is a talented group of eighteen to twenty instrumentalists who help lead the Briarlake family in worship through inspiring instrumental music. Adults, college students, and high school students with experience in playing a band or orchestral instrument are welcome.
The group plays on most Sunday mornings in Cornerstone and in special seasonal productions.
Rehearsal - Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm in the sanctuary. Child care will be provided upon request.
To become a member of the orchestra, an instrumentalist must have played an instrument for at least 3 years and be able to play the music that we play on Sundays. The audition consists of the director listening to the instrumentalist as well as the instrumentalist “sitting in” on a few rehearsals to see if the player can play the music. We welcome all ages of instrumentalists and encourage those who are interested to become a member.
Want to know more? For more information, please contact the church office at (404) 325-4214.
Master Ringers is an adult handbell choir under the direction of Susan Purcell. The group rings music of medium to advanced difficulty, and rings occasionally in the Cornerstone worship service and for Christmas concerts.
Briarlake Pipe Organ
"Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs." - Psalm 150:3-4
Briarlake’s original sanctuary organ was built by the Rueter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas in 1971. It was comprised of 1,867 pipes in four divisions: Great, Swell, Choir, and Pedal.
In 1991-1992, major refurbishings and additions were made to the organ by Schlueter Pipe Organ Company of Lithonia, GA, who maintains the organ. These included the new Ancillary division, new organ cases with the Trumpet En Chamade (left of baptistry), which was balanced by an Ensemble En Chamade (right of baptistry), as well as a new Aeolian-Skinner style console built to AGO (American Guild of Organists) standards.
The organ now has 62 ranks in five divisions: Ancillary, Swell, Great, Choir and Pedal. In all, the sanctuary organ contains 3,545 pipes, placing it among the 25 largest organs in Atlanta.
Click here to see the pipe organ specifications.