People of all ages striving for excellence, that we might lead the congregation in offering praise and worship to God
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Worship through song is a tradition that has been passed down through church
history, from the book of Psalms to the canticles of Miriam and Mary, to Christ’s hymn singing after the Last Supper. Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, Classical and Romantic Masses, hymns, and dissonant 20th-century sacred vocal works all worship God, each using their own distinct musical characteristics. At St. Peter’s, we make use of all of these styles in worship. We particularly love the Anglican musical tradition, so we fill our worship services with hymns, chorally-chanted psalms, anthems, and organ music, as well as some more contemporary music to be sung during communion.
The Anglican hymn tradition is musically accessible, poetically beautiful, and theologically rich. Hymns became very popular during the Reformation, as they were written in vernacular language (not Latin) and in a singable and accessible style. In accordance with the Biblical tradition, we believe that singing can act as confession, lament, praise, thanksgiving, history, exhortation, prayer, and petition. The texts of the pieces we sing are often chosen for a particular purpose, according to the church calendar, the lectionary readings, or the sermon topic. We invite you to spend time considering the words of the hymns as you sing them loudly, making “a joyful noise to the Lord” (Psalms 98, 100).
Psalms are often chanted by the choir out of respect for the long tradition of chanted psalms in the church. The congregation sings a repeating musical phrase called an “antiphon” so as to participate in the reading and as a means of allowing “the Word of Christ [to] dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16).
Anthems (any piece sung by the choir in worship) are sung at the Offertory; this means that even though the congregation may not be able to join the choir in singing, everyone is invited to appreciate the beauty of the music so that together, we will offer a humble noise in praise to God.
Organ preludes, postludes, and offertories are intended to accompany times of contemplation and prayer.
Music at Communion is more contemporary in style, so as to facilitate the participation of the congregation in singing. This should be a time of preparing your heart to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, and then responding with thankfulness.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
From preschool age to adults, there are choral groups for everyone at St. Peter’s! We invite all who are interested to come to a rehearsal and try one out. Don’t worry about having the perfect voice either – there’s no better way to learn how to sing than weekly practice and performance with a beautiful choir and an experienced music leader!
St. Peter’s Cathedral Choir
Thursdays (Jan 7 – June 9), 7:00-8:30pm
This choir is the primary music leadership ensemble at St. Peter’s, singing at the morning services every week from September to June. This is a fabulous group of people who are dedicated to leading worship, caring for each other, and creating beautiful music together. For more information, contact Chris Garven at email@example.com.
Wednesdays (Jan 24 – May 4), 5:15-6:00pm
This choir is for all 6th-12th grade students who are interested in being part of more advanced choral instruction. To reserve a place in this ensemble contact Lucy Church at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays (Jan 13 – May 18), 4:30-5:15pm
Choir room/South Transept
This group is divided into 3 different age groups; K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. Participants will continue learning how to use their voice in a choir setting as well as be instructed in learning to read music. These choirs will occasionally perform in one of the morning services. Contact Debbie Garven at email@example.com to reserve a place for your child!
Tuesdays (Jan 12 – May 17), 4:15-5:00pm
This choir is for those ages 3 1/2 up to Kindergarten. The children are engaged in a curriculum that helps them find their voice and rhythm in many fun ways! Contact Debbie Garven at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place for your child!
Monetary donations may also be made, marked “Instrumentalists”, so that we will have the resources to bring in musicians on “high holy days”. Your support of the music program is always greatly welcomed and deeply appreciated!
Praise Him with the blast of the ram’s horn;
Praise Him with lyre and harp.
Praise Him with timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with strings and pipe.
Praise Him with resounding cymbals;
Praise Him with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
~ Psalm 150:3-6