Music is an integral part of worship at St. Matthew’s. Each service incorporates congregational hymns in the Episcopal tradition, accompanied by our lovely 1937 Aeolian Skinner pipe organ, which is also heard in the prelude and postlude music.
The 10:15 am service is a choral eucharist, with the chancel choir generally leading the congregation in the sung parts of the ordinary. The chancel choir also sings anthems during the offertory and communion, with texts designed to reflect some aspect of the day’s readings.
The Chancel choir is St. Matthews’ adult choir, and participates each week in the 10:15 am service. All persons ages 15 and up are welcome to join the choir. The group rehearses Thursday nights from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The choir prepares anthems, generally selected from the sacred classical repertoire, for presentation during offertory and communion as well as a few concerts throughout the year. Some music experience is preferred, but not strictly required. A casual audition with the music director is requested.
Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Choir Room.
St. Matthew’s has a 5 octave handbell set, and we always welcome new players to help us use as much of the set as possible. The bell choir is open to ages 11 and up. No music experience is necessary to join; if you can ring a bell, you can participate! In fact, playing handbells is a great, low pressure way to learn the basics of reading music. The bell choir plays for 10:15 am services on special occasions, generally about 5 times per year.
Rehearsals are held Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Choir Room.
This fall St. Matthews will feature two youth choirs, K-2nd graders, will learn the basics of singing and musicianship plus traditional service music, and 3rd–5th graders, will continue their work on vocal technique, sight-singing and musicianship as well as perform anthems with the adult choir and younger group.
Rehearsals are Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. (K-2nd grade), 5:30 p.m. (3-5th grade) in the Choir Room.
The first Thursday of the month all the choirs join for an opportunity for food and fellowship in the form of a Choir Dinner.