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.
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 lead the music at worship each Sunday 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.
The group is not an auditioned choir.
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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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