Music plays a vital role in the community of Ascension Memorial Church. A tradition of excellence goes back to the founding of the parish in the 19th century. Under the direction of Director of Music & Liturgy, Dr. Frank Corbin, the program features a wide variety of musical styles and genres appropriate for Episcopal services, and numerous opportunities for parishioners to participate.

The Choir of Ascension Memorial Church, open to all adults and high school age students, rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:30PM and sings for the regular 10:15am service on Sundays from September to June.

For more information, please contact Frank Corbin at

In addition to his work at Ascension, Frank Corbin teaches piano at Pingree School and Endicott College, and maintains a studio of private piano and music theory students. Under the direction of Sonja Dahlgren Pryor, he serves as accompanist for the Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore.

Prior to coming to Ipswich in 2011, Frank Corbin was Director of Music Ministry at Assumption College in Worcester, MA for 21 years, where he taught piano, music theory, and organ, oversaw the college’s liturgical music program, and served as director of Humanarts, the college’s series of concerts, exhibitions, art history lectures, and literary readings.

Frank Corbin completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He holds additional degrees from Oberlin College (B. Mus.), University of Cincinnati (M. Mus.), and Concordia University, Montréal (Diploma in Advanced Performance Studies). He has studied organ with Russell Saunders, William Porter, Roberta Gary, and Bernard Lagacé, piano with Sedmara Rutstein and Robert Shannon, and harpsichord with Arthur Haas.

A native of Springfield, Tennessee, he attended the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University during high school, where he studied organ with Peter Fyfe and piano with Enid Katahn. He has been a top-prize winner in several national and international contests, including the American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition, the Arthur Poister Competition, and the organ competition at the Festival of Flanders in Bruges, Belgium. His recording of works of César Franck, including The Three Chorals, appears on the Centaur label. He is also heard on the recording, Great Organs of Worcester, a 2-CD recording project he spearheaded featuring sixteen historic pipe organs in the city of Worcester.