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.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to sing at the 10 a.m. summer service. Come to the choir room under Nourse Hall at 9:15 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 9:15 a.m. during the school year). Contact Noell Sottile to learn more or just show up to experience the joy for yourself.
Canterbury Choir involves singers with a wide range of musical skill levels, amateur and professional, and ages (teens and adults). They sing year round. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., except during the summer. Contact Justin Boyer to learn more or fill in this form.
This professional ensemble (heard here in rehearsal) sings every Sunday at the 11:30 a.m. service and for other events and special services. They serve as section leaders in the Canterbury Choir as well as singing as a separate ensemble. Contact Justin Boyer to learn more.
One of the many joys of worshiping at St. Alban's is hearing wonderful soloists throughout the year. Tenor Rich Turner sang Leonard Bernstein's A Simple Song during the offertory, accompanied on the piano by Justin Boyer.
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 as a core of renewed energy, eager to serve the parish as musical leaders. Parishioners have found that supporting the choir in these pilgrimages is part of the offering of our gifts to the broader world and is consistent with good stewardship of the talents of our parishioners and as outreach to the stranger.
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.