There are many musical opportunities at St. Mary’s:
All pre-K through 2nd grade children get to sing in our Cherub Choir. The rehearsals and music instruction are part of their Sunday School program. (There are no outside rehearsals.) The Cherub choir sings once a month at the 9:30 AM service.
Joyful Noise choir is for children and youth 3rd grade on up. They sing at the 9:30 service one Sunday a month.
The Liturgical Choir rehearses on Wednesdays (September-June) from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, and sings at the 11:00 AM service on Sunday mornings, and for special services throughout the year: Service of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, and Holy Week Services.
Music in our worship
The mission of the Music Staff at St. Mary's is to support congregational singing of hymns and liturgy; to enhance worship with music that is appropriate to the liturgical theme of the day, and consistent with Episcopalian practice and theology.
Each of our five regular weekend services has its own musical approach:
The Circle Service on Saturday typically uses contemplative chants and songs.
The Sunday 8:00 AM Rite I service begins with a prelude, usually an organ piece, providing opportunity for prayer or contemplation. Three hymns are sung during the service, but the Ordinary of the Mass (Gloria, Kyrie, Sanctus) is spoken. The service ends with a postlude.
The 9:30 AM Rite II family service also begins and ends with a prelude and postlude. Hymns are a mix of traditional hymns and those with a more contemporary style. The Gloria and Sanctus are sung by the congregation. This service usually features a sung psalm, led by a psalmist with the congregation singing a refrain. The congregation also sings a “Gathering Song” as the children and youth gather around the altar at the Great Thanksgiving.
The 11:00 AM Rite II Holy Eucharist service includes the Liturgical Choir. In addition to the prelude, postlude, and three hymns, the congregation sings a Gloria, Kyrie (“Lord, have mercy”), and the Sursum corda (“Lift up your hearts”). The choir sings additional service music, including a Gradual (before the Gospel), an Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”), and a Deo Gratias or Benedicamus at the end of the service. The Choir also sings an anthem after the sermon and a motet during communion