Music


Music at St. Bart’s is an integral part of who we are as the people of God. The Sunday Eucharist is essentially a sung service as it has been throughout history. The role of music, therefore, is crucial in helping us to lift our hearts to heaven. This does not happen without the diligent work of the people of God who use their musical gifts in his service. At St. Bart’s we are blessed to have a committed corps of 40 or so people who sing in the choir, play in the bell choir, or play instruments for our informal services. These are all members of the parish joined by occasional guest musicians who assist us in a variety of ways. We are also blessed with a wonderful organ which undergirds and lifts our congregational song.

Parish Choir
Handbells
Instrumentalists

Parish Choir

Rehearsal time: 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. each Thursday

The choir at St. Bart’s is a volunteer group of 23 SATB singers who sing three Sundays a month at the 10 a.m. service. Our repertoire runs the gamut from Renaissance music to contemporary music, from Anglican standards to folk and spirituals. We also sing at the occasional Evensong. We offer a service of Lessons and Carols at Christmas, and we usually sing a major work in the spring. On All Souls, the second Sunday of November, we sing parts of a Requiem Mass.

The group is not an auditioned choir.
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Handbell Choir

Rehearsal time: 6 to 7 pm each Thursday

St. Bart’s has three octaves of Schulmerich handbells, the entire upper fourth and fifth octaves, and a three-octave set of handchimes. We have eleven ringers, and we always need people to fill in for those who may have conflicts or who may need to drop out. Bell ringers do need to have had some music reading experience. Piano is particularly valuable although we have people who played an instrument in band or orchestra. We play for the Sunday service every six weeks or so.
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Instrumentalists

Rehearsal time: 9:00 a.m. on the Sundays they perform

This acoustic group plays once each month at the 10 a.m. service. Currently, it consists of several guitars, piano, upright bass, flute, violin, cello, and baritone horn. At times we have had viola, trumpet, and clarinet. Our repertoire consists of Roman Catholic renewal music, folk songs, world music, spirituals, gospel songs, and contemporary Christian songs.

In addition, some instrumentalists occasionally perform solos of a classical nature with either piano or the organ.
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