MUSIC at St B's
So if you had the opportunity to reduce stress, increase energy, generally rejuvenate mind, soul, and body, and for free, you would be foolish not to join in, right?!
Music has long been known to have beneficial potential. This has often been popularly interpreted as music heard over headphones, or singing along with the radio. But the increasing emphasis of recent studies is not just individually hearing or singing music, but, specifically, singing in a choir.
One study concluded that the health benefits of choral singing rival those of yoga. Other reports cite heightened alertness, reduced stress, increased energy, and even relief of aches and pains. For children and youth, singing in a choir has been shown to boost academic performance. Singing in a choir, in short, is a powerful prescription for health and happiness!
At St. Bartholomew’s, we have numerous opportunities to not only sing in a choir, but also to do so in the context of living out our faith in the community of faith.
Children and Youth Choirs
(Grades K through 8)
The Children’s Choirs at St. Bartholomew’s allow children to learn to worship God through the power of music.
This choir sings in a Sunday liturgy about once a month.
Rehearsals are on Sundays at noon, September through May.
The St. Bartholomew Choir
(Youth and adults)
This ensemble is the main musical leadership at St. Bartholomew’s 10:30 service, September through mid-June.
New members are always welcome, regardless of experience, and short-term participation opportunities are offered.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings. at 7:30 p.m.
Stylistic variety is important for the selection of anthems: Anglican chant, baroque, contemporary, and Mendelssohn to motets, all with or without instrumental accompaniment.
(Youth and adults)
When active this group meets weekly to rehearse and occasionally plays for worship. (The ability to read music is essential.)
(Grades 4 through Adult)
During the summer months, this choir rehearses at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and sings for 10:30 service immediately following. Singers are welcome to participate for as few or as many summer Sundays they can!
The regular use of instruments other than the organ is a vital part of the worship experience at St. Bartholomew’s. Instruments recently in use include the flute, violin, and brass.
Friends of music
Opportunities abound to support music at St. Bartholomew’s. Be it maintaining vestments and other equipment to logistical support for special music events (such as ushering, program publishing, publicity), anyone with a passion for music and a desire to offer non-musical support is encouraged to make their interests known!
For more information about our music programs and events, contact Ted Davis, Organist and Choirmaster
St. Bartholomew’s is a parish committed to offering inspired quality music, and extends a warm invitation to this series of special music events. Great music brings us in touch with the transcendent. Our goal is to offer numerous opportunities for our community to hear such music performed live.
Please visit again soon. Events for the new 2019-2020 season will be announced late summer.
These events depend on the generosity of music lovers. Please click here to make a contribution.
Choral evensong and organ concert
Sunday, October 20, 4:30 p.m.
The service of choral evensong has a history of nearly 500 years, and is of the great liturgies of the Anglican tradition. Close your weekend with this unique opportunity to unplug, reconnect, and be spiritually fed. No need to fly across the Atlantic!
Organist/choirmaster Ted Davis will lead the St. Bartholomew Choir in the service, which will feature Evening canticles by English composer Herbert Howells, Evening prayers and responses by Bernard Rose, and the motet “Guide us waking” by Ana Hernández.
Following the service (at approximately 5:15 p.m.), a concert will be presented by organists Jordan Prescott and Paul Byssainthe, Jr.
Handel’s Messiah, Part I
A musical gem for the season
Sunday, December 8, 5:00 p.m.
Join us to share this special performance of this musical and seasonal gem.
The St. Bartholomew Choir and friends will be joined by guest soloists and orchestra of period instruments.
Admission is free; donations gratefully received to support St. Bartholomew’s music and outreach funds.
Seating space is limited. Early arrival is encouraged.
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Music of pre-revolutionary Paris
Paris has long been a vibrant center for arts and culture, and its musical scene of the pre-revolutionary era produced music with an especially distinctive flair. This concert featured works by some of the giants of the era, as well as a recently rediscovered one:
Lully: Grand motet “Exaudiet te Dominus”
Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto in A
Charpentier: Te Deum Laudamus
Bach at St. Bartholomew’s
The 11th season, a series of concerts featuring J.S. Bach’s music on organ and harpsichord, performed by our parish musician Theodore S. (Ted) Davis
The Douglas Singers in concert
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Missa Luba and Duruflé Requiem
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018
A musical tribute to God’s colorful community of Saints with two mid-20th-century gems of choral music:
Missa Luba, a setting of the Latin Mass that celebrates the music and culture of Central Africa.
Duruflé’s setting of the Latin “Requiem” Mass is a widely revered masterpiece by this Parisian musical giant.