Music Overview

“If we consider and ask ourselves what sort of music we should wish to hear on entering a church, we should surely, in describing our ideal, say, first of all that it must be something different from what is heard elsewhere; that it should be a sacred music, devoted to its purpose; a music whose peace should still passion, whose dignity should strengthen our faith, whose beauty should find a home in our hearts to cheer us in life and death; a music worthy of the fair temples in which we meet, and of the holy words of our Liturgy; a music whose expression of the mystery of things unseen never allowed any trifling motive to ruffle the sanctity of its reserve.” — Robert Bridges

The Music Program at St. Mark’s consists of Adult and Youth choirs which provide sung music for a variety of services held in the parish during the liturgical year. As we are a part of the Anglican Communion, much of the choral music offered is drawn from the rich tradition which comes to us through the Church of England. A wide variety of other styles of music are used as well, from early monastic chant and Renaissance composers to contemporary American works and spirituals.

St. Mark's Taize Service

St. Mark’s Taize Service

In addition, there is regular use of the music of Taizé, a French monastic community known for its simple and beautiful repetitive chants. Choral Evensong is regularly offered with more intricate and involved settings of the canticles and responses for the choir. These beautiful services are a unique part of our Anglican heritage.

Music for Youth

The purpose of the youth music program at St. Mark’s is to provide an opportunity for children to learn the value and joy of singing, not only in worship, but for everyday life. Through rehearsals designed with fellowship, games, and singing, young children can develop musical skills which will enhance their social, memory, and motor development. More importantly, ongoing participation in the music program will effectively complement religious education by instructing children on the elements of the liturgy and the stories of our faith as they are told through song.

Youth Choirs

St. Mark’s is an affiliate member of the Royal School of Church Music and offers Youth Choirs for Kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Following the acclaimed “Voices for Life” curriculum, the program includes instruction in vocal technique, music theory, and high quality choral repertoire. Rehearsals are held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Wednesdays in the choir room, which is located down the hall from the narthex stairway.  Kindergarten rehearses 4:00 – 4:30; Grades 1 and 2 rehearse 4:00 – 4:45; Grades 2 – 6 rehearse 4:30 – 5:15; and Grades 7 – 12 rehearse 5:00 – 6:00. The Choirs sing on a rotating basis for the 9:15 and 10:30 am liturgies.

Adult Choir

The members of this ensemble provide the majority of choral music sung for services in the parish. Beginning with kick-off Sunday in September, the Adult Choir leads the Sunday 10:30 Rite II service, as well as additional services such as Lessons & Carols, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and various Evensongs. There is an emphasis on a cappella singing, in addition to anthems accompanied by a variety of instrumental ensembles, as well as organ. As with any of the choral groups, new members to the Adult Choir are always welcomed.

Rehearsals: Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, and Sundays, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

 

Daniel Segner, Director of Music

Marsha Webster, Music Associate

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