Music is an integral part of our common life. It is among the most joyful offerings we give to God—every Sunday, at parish events, and in special worship services. We believe, as St. Augustine held, that to sing is to pray twice.
There is a way for everyone to to be involved in music at St. Alban’s — whether as a dedicated choir member, an occasional instrumentalist, or an enthusiastic congregational singer. Even the engaged listener has an important role, in person or enjoying the performances in our music archive.
St. Alban's Choir
This volunteer choir involves singers with a wide range of musical skill levels--amateur and professional. They sing year round. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday mornings at 8:00, except during the summer.
Children from age 7 through 12th grade sing in our choristers program, which uses the Royal School of Church Music's highly respected VOICE for LIFE program for training and spiritual development. Learn more.
This professional ensemble (heard here in rehearsal) sings every Sunday at the 11:15 a.m. service and for other events and special services. They serve as section leaders in the St. Alban's Choir as well as singing as a separate ensemble. Volunteer singers may join by audition. Contact choir director Jeremy Filsell to learn more.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to sing at the 10 a.m. summer service. Come to the choir room under Nourse Hall at 9:00 a.m., get the music for the day and pick up a hymnal. No additional preparation is required. Vestments will be provided.
Children's Chapel Musicians
Can you clap your hands and march in the light of God, or play any kind of instrument? You'd make a fine music leader in Children's Chapel, which meets every Sunday in Nourse Hall at 10 a.m. during the summer (at 9:00 a.m. during the school year). Contact Noell Sottile to learn more or just show up to experience the joy for yourself.
St. Alban's Organ
This unique instrument was built by the Di Gennaro-Hart Organ Company and dedicated on September 20, 1998. Michael Hart provided this background and shared some "secrets of St. Alban's organ" at a recent OWLs luncheon. OWLs committee member Lacey Gude provided the introduction.
Singing in unfamiliar places, whether grand cathedral spaces, ancient catacombs, or sites of human tragedy or triumph, is a sacred experience in its own right. Choirs from St. Alban’s have made pilgrimage to England (2004), Italy (2008), Austria and the Czech Republic (2010), England (2012) and France (2015). They have enjoyed the strong bonding experiences that come from preparing for such travels, returning to St. Alban’s with renewed energy, eager to serve the parish as musical leaders.
More video from the choir pilgrimage to France, 2015.
Praise God for the gift of music which can exceed our capabilities of expression through spoken word and can allow us to access the depths of our emotional experience, drawing us closer to God.