Choral Evensong for Lent
March 3 6:00 - 7:00 pm
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.
Children grades 1-5
High school and older
Open to all
The St. Mark’s Children’s Choir is comprised of boys and girls in grades 1st through 5th.
Extraordinary musical skill or musical background is not a prerequisite to participate in this program; an ability to match pitch, follow directions, and a willingness to work together in a team setting are desired attributes of a successful candidate.
*All volunteers and St. Mark’s staff and clergy undergo a background check and leaders receive training.
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.
Coro de Alabanzas is a dynamic Spanish language choir that includes instrumentalists. They lead the music at the 1 PM service every Sunday. Weekly rehearsals include an emphasis on music theory and ear training. The Coro sings alongside the other choirs at various occasions throughout the church year.
The pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church was custom designed and built for our parish by the firm of J. W. Walker & Sons, Ltd. of Brandon, Suffolk, England. It arrived for installation on Shrove Tuesday of 1991 and was blessed and first used in services at the Great Vigil of Easter of that same year.
While the organ is designed with electric stop action, the keyboard action is mechanical, or tracker. This means there is a direct physical link between the player and the pipes, and not an electrical one, as is usually the case.
At the time of installation the two manuals and pedal were served by 20 stops, or voices, comprising 26 ranks, or sets of pipes voiced as a unit.
The case is made of American Red Oak with hand-carved pipe shades depicting the four Gospel writers in their traditional symbols: an angel for Matthew, a lion for Mark, an ox for Luke and an eagle for John.
The gold-leaf inscription on the case is in Latin and is taken from the final verse of Psalm 150: “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.”