Organist & Choirmaster

Dear Ascension Family Members,

We would like to welcome our new Interim Choirmaster and Organist, Mr. Peter Waggoner.

Peter Waggoner is the new Interim Organist and Choirmaster at Church of the Ascension.  Prior to this appointment, he served for eight years as Director of Music at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia, where he oversaw an active program of adult, youth, and handbell choirs.  He was also the founding director of the St. James’ School of Music.

Before coming to Georgia, Mr. Waggoner was active in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, where he served as director of the Herndon Ecumenical Choir, Encore Chorale of Leesburg, Associate Director of the Reston Chorale, and Assistant Conductor with the National Philharmonic Chorale. 

Peter has performed as both organist and conductor in the United States and Europe, including concerts at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, The Mozarteum in Salzburg, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

He holds the B.M. in Sacred Music from Seton Hill University, where he studied with Dr. Edgar Highberger, and the M.M. in Choral Conducting from George Mason University, where he studied with Dr. Stanley Engebretson. 

Peter also currently serves as the Dean of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

He is a lifelong Episcopalian and has worked with the Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music Committee of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention.

Peter lives in Acworth with his wife, Jen, and their two Bullmastiffs Lily and Rosie. 


Like to sing?

Join the St. Cecilia Choir!

Ages 7 – 17, Unchanged voices

The St. Cecilia Choir rehearsals are fun and musically challenging.  We rehearse each Wednesday from 5:00-5:45 PM beginning on August 15th.  A regular commitment to attend rehearsals is expected.  In addition to preparing anthems, we learn the music of the church through the singing of hymns and liturgy.  There is an intentional focus on serving the church, and ministering to our church family and community through our music.  The directors for this group are Alvin Blount and Angee McKee.

This outstanding, energetic choir sings for Sunday morning worship at 9:00 or 11:00 approximately five times during the church year.  They lead worship at the 5:00 PM Christmas Eve service each year.  Check the current schedule for exact dates.

Our singers learn challenging treble music, sing in harmony, build music literacy skills, sing hymns and descants, and learn to sing with a beautiful tone.  An important part of our time together is spent learning the Episcopal liturgy and following the liturgical seasons.

Come, join our exciting children’s music program at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension.  We welcome all singers between the ages of 7 – 17 with unchanged voices.  Contact Angee McKee at amckee56@comcast.net or the church office at (770)-382-2626 if you would like to become part of this musical community.  You’ll always have supportive friends, and you will sing your faith the rest of your life!