Music at St. Mary’s comes in many guises and is one of the most cherished ministries of the parish. Whether making music or actively listening to it, we touch a place in our souls deeper than words, even deeper than thoughts—and there, in our bareness, we encounter God. Whether learning the music or meditating on its texts while others sing, we embrace centuries upon centuries of Christian poets who, like us, grappled with their relationship to the Divine and left for us a treasury in sacred verse. Whenever we sing together, we take on the singleness of heart for which we pray at each Eucharist, for we sing with a united voice and a corporate spirit. And in all this, music becomes a vehicle in which the mission of the church to restore humanity with its Creator and with one another is advanced. Join us in this joyful song!
There are several opportunities for children and youth from ages 4 through 18 to encounter music, to sing, and to learn about music and faith. For more information contact Brittany Kaehler, Director of Children’s Music.
The Adult Choir (typically) sings at every 11:00 liturgy on Sundays and on principal feast days. Their repertoire includes music spanning from antiquity through composers of today, with a heavy emphasis on the English choral tradition. Several times per year, they are joined by a chamber orchestra to sing large scale masses and other sacred works. These 24 singers joyfully devote themselves to perfecting the praises offered by God’s people, all the while caring for one another and enjoying camaraderie. For more information or to voice interest in singing with our choir, please contact choirmaster Charles Hogan.
9:00 Service Ensemble
Our 9:00 Ensemble is a broad mix of musicians and instruments. We provide music for informal worship on Sundays. Our repertoire is mostly based in hymns from The Hymnal 1982 and its supplement, Wonder, Love and Praise, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, and Voices Found. Adding to this are chants from Taizé, songs from Cursillo, and other mainstream resources.
We welcome more participation and have at times had musicians playing guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, drums, piano, and penny whistle!
Contact Robin Hardman, Associate for Music & Technology, if you would like to play or sing with us.
Do you love music and want to support it at St. Mary’s? We are fortunate to have the Harold G. Andrews Music Endowment, named for our beloved Organist Emeritus, which augments our ability to offer high caliber music in our services and High Point. Gifts large and small can be arranged through contacting the Rector, Organist & Choirmaster Charles Hogan, or our financial secretary, Katrina Parnell.