Music: It 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.
Children's Choir at St. Andrew’s - Chorister's Choir
Organist & Choirmaster John Kirk invites children to sing at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, Christmas Eve. Participation is open to children from first grade through middle school, and no musical experience is necessary.
Saturday, December 24, 2:00pm rehearsal, 3:00pm service
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, the choir is made up of volunteers with a wide range of musical background and experience but with a passion for using the gift of music to enhance worship. The choir is open to all people who wish 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 rehearses Wednesday nights from 7 to 8:30pm in the St. Andrew's House and Sunday mornings at 9:30am, before the 10:30 service. 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.
If you are interested in singing in the choir, please contact Organist & Choirmaster, John Kirk.