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, or play instruments to elevate our worship. 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 – 9 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: 11:30 – noon each Sunday
Children of elementary school age are welcome. We sing music for the Christmas Pageant as well as Sunday liturgies when we combine with the Adult Choir. Choristers learn basic music fundamentals, vocal technique and liturgy. Participation will include singing and playing instruments. Parents may come to rehearsals and I encourage your feedback as we develop our choir program. I look forward to getting to know the children of the parish and I encourage you to join me in the fun and rewards of making music at St. Bart’s.
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