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.
Choir School of West Baltimore
(Children & Youth)
Do you know a child who likes to sing? We are thrilled to announce the virtual launch of a unique enrichment program for boys and girls in grades 3 and up. (Programs for Grades K-2 also available). Help provide a child with a great music education and watch them build lasting friendships in the exciting choir community. Download an informational brochure.
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. Until in-person rehearsals can resume safely, we are meeting via Zoom. Contact the music office and we will be happy to provide log-in information.
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.
Information about future events will appear here. Please check back soon.
Stories. We love to tell them and hear them told. What human community doesn’t have its stories? Through stories, we come together and embrace our humanity. And, with music being such a powerful medium for expression, is it any wonder great music is often inspired by stories and storytelling? And has there ever been a time we’ve needed to come together more than now?
Join us on YouTube Live for a concert of beloved story-inspired orchestral masterpieces performed on St. Bartholomew’s magnificent Casavant-Storey organ. The program will feature works originally created to tell epic tales, including Rossini’s William Tell Overture (adapted for organ by Edwin Lemare) and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (adapted for organ by Ted Davis). Not music for liturgy! Just for fun!
Donations are gratefully accepted and will help support the parish outreach fund and future music events at St. Bartholomew’s
Bach at St. Bartholomew’s
Sundays, April 19 & 26, 5:00 p.m.
A series of concerts celebrating the keyboard and choral masterworks of one of the most celebrated composers of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach.
A brief informal lecture preceded each concert.
These concerts were offered as virtual concerts and were live-streamed. They can be seen in their entirety on YouTube.
Choral evensong and organ concert
Sunday, February 16, 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.
Organist/choirmaster Ted Davis leds the St. Bartholomew Choir in the service, which featured evening canticles by English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis, Evening prayers and responses by William Smith, and the motet “O for a closer walk with God” Charles Stanford. Following the service , a concert was presented by organists Midori Ataka and Wendy Johnston.
Service of Lessons and Carols
A musical gem for the season
Sunday, December 29, 10:30 a.m.
For the fifth day of Christmas we held our annual observance of one of Anglicanism’s most beloved liturgies. The Christmas story is experienced through scripture and carols for choir, brass, and congregation. There is no sermon, the lessons and carols are the message!