Music plays a central role in the Episcopal worship service, from the singing of hymns, Psalms and portions of the service to the presentation of anthems and other musical compositions. In the Episcopal church, music, both sung and heard, is an opportunity to glorify God and better appreciate and understand God’s gifts. Singing together connects a congregation in a powerful way, and music always serves to illuminate a text in ways speaking or reading may not.
The Choirs of St. Andrew's
One of the central aspects of Episcopal worship is the presence of a choir, named after the Quire (pronounced “choir”), the section of the church in which the choir typically sits. At St. Andrew’s, our choirs are made up of children and adults with a wide range of musical backgrounds and experiences, but with a similar passion for using the gift of music to enhance liturgy. All choirs are open to anyone who wishes to better use their voice and better understand music and liturgy. No experience is required, just an ability to commit to regular attendance at rehearsals and on Sundays.
The St. Andrew's Choir
The St. Andrew’s choir rehearses Wednesday nights from 7 to 8:30 PM in St. Andrew's House and Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM. The choir sings a variety of repertoire: ancient plainchant, Renaissance polyphony, Anglican cathedral music, modern music, spirituals and folk music, and most things in-between! Choir rehearsals consist of not only preparing music for services but also learning musical and vocal skills such as breathing, diction, music reading and musicianship. The choir also helps lead worship at a variety of other services during the year such as Christmas Eve and the many different services during Holy Week.
The Choristers Choir
Choristers Choir is for children in first grade through middle school and welcomes girls and boys with unchanged voices. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in St. Andrew's House. Utilizing the Royal School of Church Music's Voice for Life curriculum, Choristers learn healthy vocal technique, aural skills, music theory and music history while gaining a deeper understanding of Episcopal liturgy and belief. Choristers sing in church approximately once a month and provide music and liturgical leadership on Christmas Eve and during Holy Week.
Junior Choristers Choir Coming This Fall
This fall, St. Andrew’s will launch a Junior Choristers Choir for children in first and second grade. This will be a training choir which will teach children fundamental musical and vocal skills to prepare them to lead liturgy with both the Choristers and St. Andrew’s choirs. This choir will utilize the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life curriculum, presently used by the Choristers Choir, which teaches fundamental choral and musical skills. The rehearsal day and time for this choir will be set in the fall.